The black leather gleamed.

It had taken a lot of scrubbing and polishing to restore them to this state. The nest of spiders in the toe of the right shoe was a nasty surprise.

They slipped onto the withered feet with ease.

‘Why the old shoes?’ the undertaker’s assistant asked.

‘Family request. Apparently they were his lucky shoes.’

‘Wonder what made them lucky?’

The undertaker shrugged. ‘British Army issue, First World War.’

‘Could’ve taken better care of them.’

‘Perhaps he couldn’t face what he managed to survive.’

Task completed the coffin was closed over ready for the funeral tomorrow.

Copyright Sarah Potter

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

121 responses to “GRANDPA’S LUCKY SHOES”

  1. Brilliant! I like the direction you took this in.

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  2. Well done, Iain. I could imagine that it would be very tough to revisit reminders of that time.
    I will share that I wonder why you had the spiders slip onto the withered feet with ease…and then I realized it was my reading. oops. 🙂 (Don’t know why I focus on spiders.)

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    1. Haha, the trouble with spiders is they can slip anywhere with ease!!

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      1. erg…thanks for that thought.

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  3. lain, very nice take on the prompt. I could feel the spider exit and scurry off as the coffin shit….

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  4. Outstanding piece, Iain. One of my favorite this week.

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    1. High praise, thank you.


  5. Great use of this picture. I looked at it and thought about spiders and webs in the shoes and could t write about it. But I love how these are shoes that helped this man survive WWI as a youth. I can very much imagine the line about Grandpanotbeing able to face what he survived is true. They could trigger bad memories or PTSD. I’m glad in he’s in a better place now.


    1. Thank you, much appreciated

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  6. I like your story- especially the nest of spiders in the shoes- its both quirky and poignant.

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