June 29: Flash Fiction Challenge – Frayed


June 29, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something frayed. It could be fabric, like a flag or garment. It could also be nerves or temper. What is it to be frayed?


Roger and Mary’s marriage was frayed to breaking point. Long had gone the means of communication they once enjoyed. Nowadays their relationship consisted of a series of grunts in greeting the start of a day the ending of the same.

The trust they held in one another was considerably threadbare, their physical contact was tattered, ragged and holey. In fact, Mary found Roger shabby in every way.

It was the start of another day, and Roger grunted to Mary to pass the sugar as he sweetened his coffee the only sweet thing left in his frayed and moth-eaten life.


Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2017/06/30/june-29-flash-fiction-challenge-2/

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25 Responses to June 29: Flash Fiction Challenge – Frayed

  1. Fandango says:

    A sad tale but one that, unfortunately, is not all that uncommon these days.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    This is so sad 💜

  3. sangbad says:

    Such a human emotion in few words…wonderful…

  4. kittysverses says:

    Well described,Michael!

  5. Reena Saxena says:

    A common case of growing apart in life, in different directions….

  6. Charli Mills says:

    You took a hold of that prompt and worked it thoroughly. Great writing, Michael.

  7. Norah says:

    A sad reflection on what happens when people no longer make the effort to care. Well portrayed, if dismal.

  8. susanzutautas says:

    So sad that people grow apart and end up this way. Great flash!

  9. This is the common state of affairs of most modern marriages. Two people a part of marriage yet wide apart in emotions though staying under one roof.


  10. Deborah Lee says:

    So sad…and they could make it better if they’d only try!

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  12. “the only sweet thing left in his frayed and moth-eaten life”
    Ouch! And spot on… 😦

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