What Price Memories – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – 3/28/17


“Well. I can tell you it is early twentieth century in origin,” the expert began. He continued to expound on the wherewithal of the piece as Kate’s mind wandered. She had coveted this day for years. Finally the Antique Roadshow was close enough to tote her mother’s prized possession over for a looksee. This old painting had hung over the fireplace in their home for her whole life, all seventy-three years.

“The style tells us this family was well to do, maybe even aristocratic,” the expert continued. Kate could imagine now, just as she had countless times the sound of the piano as the man allowed his fingers to find the keys needed to support the woman’s singing. Kate managed to fit many of her old classical favorites into this scene. This was something from her childhood she vowed never to part with.

“OH MY!” the expert said when he squinted at the artist’s signature.

“What?” Kate asked.

“Would you consider selling this? I’ll give you two million!”




16 thoughts on “What Price Memories – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – 3/28/17

    1. Michael, I watched something similar at least in surprise value, $250-300,000 last evening. I confess it heavily influenced my story. As I tell my wife however the true value of anything is only as much as someone is willing to put in your hands.


  1. Bet she wasn’t expecting that! To some extent though, I can understand why she brought it to have it appraised – it was her mother’s prized possession, but what would it mean for her? Or maybe she could keep it. It’s only going to increase in value in the years to come, if she has her eyes on money… but I hope she’ll keep it.


    1. Chris, first of all my heartfelt thanks for reading and taking your time to comment. I’m of the opinion that the situation of her life and any family or friends will factor into her decision.

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