FFfAW Week of May 20, 2015 –The Rotunda


Image: Dawn L Miller

The rotunda had stood in this same spot for longer than I could remember.

It looked old.

It felt old.

With each passing season the timbers aged just that bit more.

There had been overtures to tear it down and use the land for a skateboard park but that had been quashed when a preservation order was put on it. So there it stayed.

Now days its use was limited to rainy days when it provided some shelter for those silly enough to be in the park on such days.

Long gone were the Sunday afternoon concerts when the town brass band would assemble and the community gathered in picnic style to listen to their latest repertoire.

Today it sat in this spot, a building full of tired old memories and the carvings of long lost lovers who so long ago proclaimed to the world their undying love.

Trudy loves Clarence, June 6 1924……..my grandparents who were married 65 years…..

Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/fffaw-week-of-may-20-2015/

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25 Responses to FFfAW Week of May 20, 2015 –The Rotunda

  1. mj6969 says:

    Lovely sense of nostalgia and history, memories revisited – evocative and haunting Michael 🙂

  2. Great story! I loved the ending! May I ask a question. In the first sentence should soon be stood? Also, “with each passing season the timbers aged just “a” bit more.” ?? I enjoyed your story!

  3. mandy says:

    It would be a shame to tear it down. Nice if they restored it for future proclamations of love and carvings. 🙂

  4. RoSy says:

    A nice nostalgic story. 🙂

  5. phylor says:

    True story? Lovely tribute to the gazebo and all that happened there. Life can sometimes be summed up by a space, a place with special meaning. The gazebo certainly is one of those places.
    Excellent tale of love and remembories.

  6. mandibelle16 says:

    That’s a really great story. I like how it seems like it’s just a tired old gazebo but the memories are present from the narrators grandparents and him.

  7. afairymind says:

    I’m glad they didn’t pull it down. Hopefully people will realise its potential and it’ll find a new lease of life. Lovely ending. 🙂

  8. milliethom says:

    A very meaningful story for you, Michael.That last line is beautiful. Married fro 65 years…how wonderful. I love the way you describe the gazebo’s sad decline until it was no more than ‘a building full of tire old memories’.

  9. Ameena k.g says:

    This is a beautiful and emotional story,p. It goes with the reality of old worn-out houses which actually hold the deepest memories and stories.

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