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Eventually, someone called an ambulance and they came to take him away. A crowd had gathered; it was all rather cringe-worthy. Old Dennis had been selling ice-cream outside the Octagon for as long as anyone could remember. Some folk related their earliest memories; their parents taking them for a “Dennis”. Sad to see him come to this: he’d given such pleasure, not just through ice-cream, his cheeky smile; the way he ragged the kids; his corny jokes; his over-the-top welcomes. He managed a smile as they led him away but something had gone; he was bewildered; selling ice-cream in January. (100)

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About micklively

Fifty-something, pacifist, six sigma black belt, lean implementer, brewer, vintner, guitarist, wood-turner, and slave to collies.
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63 Responses to Memories

  1. Lovely slice-or scoop-of life.

  2. Good though sad story, Mick. I understand completely as my mother had Alzheimer’s. They live in their own little world. The hardest is what caregivers have to go through. Well done. ——Suzanne

  3. Margaret says:

    So sad. Dennis sounds delightful. I hope they take him somewhere warm where he can sell ice cream to his heart’s content.

    • micklively says:

      I hope so too but, unless he made a lot of money selling ice cream, he’ll be at the mercy of the council’s budgets.
      Many thanks for your feedback Margaret.

  4. wildbilbo says:

    Yeah, very nice tale. The ‘something was gone’ is a great little line showing the distinct loss after you’ve built this very pleasant character up.

  5. I hope they let him ply his trade wherever they’ve taken him. The world could do with a lot more Dennises …

  6. This was very bittersweet…was recently reading how to stave off dementia…to learn new things…READ…I see so many people immersed in bewilderment escorted by caregivers on their cell phone. Takes everything I have not to wrench it out of their hand.
    A lovely photo by the way, and interesting where you decided to go…one of your best.

  7. Awww …. the dreaded dimentia. Ice cream in January says it all. I think it was very nice that everyone had good memories of him. Nicely written … enjoyed it. 😎

  8. phylor says:

    I thought Dennis might be found physically frozen next to his ice cream cart. Instead, he is frozen to the spot in his mind.
    A touching look into the way the descent into dementia takes it’s toll.

  9. rgayer55 says:

    Ice cream served with a healthy topping of nuts.

  10. All good things come to an end. Sounds like he had a good innings.

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  11. Sadness here. (I thought it was going to be pushing drugs.) Well told.

  12. draliman says:

    Poor chap. It’s very sad, especially when he was such a landmark in the local community. Nice story!

  13. Amy Reese says:

    I love this take, Mick. I like how your zeroed in on the ice cream seller and offered an original, but very realistic story of someone gone mad. Well done!

  14. Dale says:

    I was so afraid to read that it was a coroner taking him away. Sad but happy but sad!

  15. A man who meant so much to so many, now no longer relevant, maybe some day not so far away to be forgotten. Quite poignant.

    • micklively says:

      There isn’t a good way to go. If it’s sudden, it’s quickly over for the “victim” but a terrible shock for those left behind; if it’s slow, there’s suffering for the victim and a terrible sadness whilst watching the decline for everyone else.
      What to do?
      Many thanks Perry.

    • micklively says:

      I tried to leave a comment on your piece today Perry but I can’t get past the log in procedure. Sorry!

  16. gahlearner says:

    A wonderful story. People can face that the person prom their sweet memories gets old and one day won’t be there any longer instead of just disappearing. Hopefully some go and visit him.

  17. Oh a sad tale but a man who left many memories for many people.

  18. I like it Mick. Sentimental and sad. Perhaps we should be more grateful for the people who bring us ice cream and other little joys.

  19. Oh, this is sad. Really well done, but sad…

  20. storydivamg says:

    Nice work, Mick. It seems many of the park-goers were befuddled here. I suppose the pleasant days must end somehow, but it’s always sad when they do. Good telling of an “end of age” tale.


  21. Aw. Poor Dennis, in the winter of his life with frosty brain. Perhaps we’ll see a thaw come spring.

  22. Sandra says:

    Poor Dennis. A very sad story.

  23. Lynda says:

    Poor Dennis. A well told, but sad piece, Mick.

  24. Dear Mick,

    What a poignant tale. At least Dennis left a legacy of good memories. And you wrote a good story.



  25. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Dennis does seem popular this week already, just like Claire seemed to be last week. 😉 Hmm. Reminded me of Five People You Meet in Heaven, right up until that ending! Well written.

  26. Nicely written story, poor old Dennis, surrounded by ice to the bitter end.

  27. MrBinks says:

    Well written, and enjoyable to read. I’m also weirdly freaked out by both of us conjuring up a tale about Dennis 😀

  28. ceayr says:

    Bitter-sweet tale, nicely told.

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