One leg missing and the other hanging by a thread, the bedraggled teddy bear had sat forgotten on the thrift shop shelf for years.
“I want her,” Mollie said.
Mollie’s mother frowned.
“Pick something better. It’s your birthday.”
Mollie rolled her wheelchair closer to the shelf.
“No, I want her.”
Lionel Ray Green is a horror and fantasy writer, an award-winning newspaper journalist, and a U.S. Army gulf war veteran living in Alabama. He ironically loves Bigfoot and hobbits and believes Babe is the greatest movie ever made.
16 thoughts on “LIONEL RAY GREEN: Bedraggled”
Ahh. The child can identify.
Brilliant. The first few words had me on a battlefield not in a thrift shop. It’s beautiful Lionel.
Thank you, David!
So much meaning in so few words. Absolutely lovely!
This one, that last line, really hit me. Great work.
Excellent! What a sweet story.
Simply beautiful story. Fantastic piece of writing.
Brilliant story. Perfect in fact.
Thank you all for the kind and encouraging words about my first story to make the cut at 50-Word Stories. You made me smile, and you made my day.
Super choice for story of the week. Pulls at the heartstrings.
So pleased this is story of the week.
I’ve commented elsewhere, but have to add in the few months I’ve been using this site, this is by far the best 50 word story I’ve seen so far.
Nice work. Tight. Effectual.