If you’re like me and feeling that sluggish Monday-mind-syndrome, why not get it working by entering one of my two short story competitions (with prizes!)? One of them is for a short story of up to 1000 words on the theme of TREASURE. How you choose to interpret that theme is up to you. You could write about riches or the treasure in question could be a person. The treasure may not be physical, but the search for the meaning of life or the treasure of realising a cherished dream.
Open your mind and see where it takes you.
Here’s my story – here the treasure in question is the treasure of love:
The Blue Balloon
Jennifer hated the bright blue balloon. She stared at it, tears falling freely down her face. She stabbed it with her nail, wanting to burst it, to banish it from her mind. But up it bounced, buoying gently towards her.
She pushed it away, then pulled at her sweater sleeves before wrapping her arms round herself.
“Jenny…” a voice softly spoke. Hands reached out.
Jenny turned away from her husband.
“Jenny!” more urgently this time.
She clenched her fists, swinging round.
“If you hadn’t insisted on buying that balloon, he wouldn’t have…” her breath caught in her throat.
This time, she allowed the arms to enfold her and the loving lips to brush her hair.
“It’s alright, he’s been found.”
Her head snapped up, eyes searching the scene before her and finding khaki trousers and a red top.
“Blue balloon!” the little boy said, his eyes alight.