Back From Riding (flash fiction)

Back From Riding

Eileen was in the kitchen preparing dinner when Cindy, her granddaughter, walked in.

“Had a good day my dear?” Eileen asked.

“I was out riding with Jess.” Cindy replied. Eileen already knew that and noted Cindy’s brown hair was all mussed up.

“Is Jess staying the night again?”

“Yes grandma. Is it alright if she stays again? It is the holidays.”

Of course! She’s a nice girl and I’m glad you’ve got a good friend like her. You two are like different sides of the same coin.” Eileen told her. Cindy grabbed a glass and filled it with water from the tap. She drank it all in one go.

“What do you mean?” Cindy asked frowning.

“You seem different, but at heart you’re both the same.” Eileen explained as she chopped some carrots. Cindy looked momentarily perplexed.

“Can I help?”

“No I enjoy cooking for you. Just go and keep Jess company.” Eileen urged.

Once everything was in the oven or bubbling on the stove top, Eileen went to the living room and watched Cindy and Jess laughing at some joke. They were so in tune with one another, she thought. She hoped life would treat them well.

Joanne Fisher

Since I wrote Out Riding I’ve been flooded with ideas of stories about young Jess and Cindy.

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