50 Word Story

From a request for a 50 word story on the Fountain Pen Network

by Herman Labuschagne


“Are you sleeping?” he asked.

“Not anymore…”

“Do you still remember what I told you on the swing that day?”

Silence. Then a smile.

“About ‘always and forever?’”


Thoughtful silence.

“That was 60 years ago, you know?”

“I know,” he said. “I just wanted to say…. I meant it…”