It was cold wet and miserable outside, the windows were fogged up, and I kept having to wipe them to see out.
I was expecting my grandparents, and I looked forward to their visit. Mum had said they would be here by mid-morning.
I was determined to wait and see them drive down the street then announce their arrival.
Mum was in the kitchen getting a cake made as she knew Grandad loved chocolate cake.
I looked forward to listening to Grandad tell me tales of when he was a boy. Grandma always bought me something special, and I had a sense of expectation about that.
The morning wore on, and there was no sign of them. The weather did nothing to improve, in fact, it seemed to get darker and bleaker.
By lunchtime, I could sense mum getting worried about them. She had tried to call, but there was no answer.
Life stopped when a police car pulled up outside.
Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/fffaw-challenge-182nd/
How sad and so very real.
Hi Helene thanks for your comment, sadly it is true isn’t it. I appreciate you stopping by.
Oh! What a heartbreaking ending! A young child anxiously waiting for his grandparents to arrive – then bad news. Great story, Michael!
Hello Joy, thanks so much.
Hope you are doing well Michael! It’s good to see you!
All good down under Joy.
That is great! It is spring in your country now, isn’t it?
Yes and a lovely time of year, cool mornings and warm days….perfect…
Ahh, that is wonderful! Spring is my favorite time of year.
Oh no, my heart fell when I read the line with the police car. Such a sad ending 😦
Thank you jade for reading this one, I appreciate your comment.
A well told tragic story which highlights part of the difficult work that police officer have as part of their duty.
Yes its not a job with a lot going for it….thanks for stopping by.
Ouch! this is heartbreaking.
I agree Deepa, thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Started out such a warm childhood memory, and then….
Yes not what anyone would want to see happen.
That’s pretty horrible. I recently visited my Mom in Southwestern Utah, which is about a nine-hour drive from where I live. I briefly entertained thoughts of what might happen if I should get in an accident. My death would leave my family devastated. Fortunately, I made it down to visit Mom and then back home.
I’m, glad you did too, but unfortunately such sad events do happen. Thanks for stopping by James.
Oh dear, how sad!! You got the reader to get close to the family and imagine how broken they would feel. As usual, such beautiful writing, Michael!
Thanks for the lovely comment
The build-up to that tragic ending was excellent Michael.
Thanks so much I appreciate your comment
Building all the anticipation of grandparents coming then suddenly the anticlimax of police car. Nice twist at the tale.
Thanks so much
The police car doesn’t necessarily mean a sad end. I take the alternative ending of hope.
I can see that perspective. There is that possibility