Five Sentence Fiction-The Long Journey Home


Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
~Charles Dickens~

Penny, teddy bear in hand, stood in the hallway painted an industrial gray. Helen, the case worker, handed her the worn suitcase packed with clothing,  issued to her by the state. Though 17 years old, Penny felt trepidation about her new family. John and Marsha, her adoptive parents walked up to her, eyes and hearts brimming with love. All that was left of their long journey to become a family, was their short car ride home.

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.

This week: HOME

Thank you Lillie McFerrin for hosting FSF.


41 thoughts on “Five Sentence Fiction-The Long Journey Home

  1. Rene, you of all people will appreciate my fiction is for My Mr. Impecable Only! A writing course I am going to continue and can’t online or publish anywhere.

  2. Beautiful job, Renee, as always. You’re good at capturing a lot in just a few sentences. I tried this, too.


    Although Cristina didn’t realize it at first, Mark felt it the moment they made eye contact while in line to buy coffee at 7-11. Six months later, they were traveling cross country together when she felt it, too. It wasn’t about settling down and buying a place together. It wasn’t about accents and picking out colors for the walls. It didn’t matter what city they were in or what form of transportation they were on, as long as they were together.

    • La La,

      Your story was perfect. Perfect!!! It brought tears to my eyes. It’s true, home is not a place in which a body dwells. It is a feeling of belonging. No matter where you are. As long as you are loved, you are home…..

      Love, Renee

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  4. Well done…initially I pictured a small girl but you quickly changed my perception. Sweet tale!

    • Thanks my dear for the comment. Some children never find their forever homes. I’m glad that my character Penny finally did. Doesn’t matter what age a child is, they need a family. We all do. Whether they’re blood or not. It doesn’t much matter.

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