25 Cromwell St

The task, 200 words, using a photograph of a building. The building must play a central part in the story.

21, 23 ……..27

There is no 25 Cromwell St, just a gap, a walkway to somewhere else
The house is not just absent, but it is as if it simply never existed, bricks and mortar ground down to dust, no chance of a brick, a fragment of window pane, a conversation piece for those who haunt late night chat rooms.

And Rosemary is dreaming, walking again in the landscape, moving from room to room, remodelling finally finished, grand designs complete.

The cellar floor is smoothed, tell tale earth works, like the casts of giant sand worms have vanished.

The bedsits. the attics are full to overflowing, each contains a lost girl, ready to play the games that Fred and Rosemary love.

Roses’ room, soft pink, reminding her of the Disney princess she watched when everything fell apart, is waiting for her. Tiny peep holes in all the walls, lovingly drilled by Fred, so that he could watch her being drilled by the nameless men who came and went.

And in her dream, the garden is restored, she walks amongst its secrets, ground only disturbed by Fred’s digging, long before the armies of others would search and find.

Rosemary is walking through 25 Cromwell St, she is the only one who can.


About cathi rae

50ish teacher & aspiring writer and parent of a stroppy teenager and carer for a confused bedlington terrier and a small selection of horses who fail to shar emy dressage ambitions. Interested in contemporary fiction but find myself returning to PG Wodehouse when the chips are down View all posts by cathi rae

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