The round display case

d’Verse prosery

“Mom!”

“Hey, Kiddo! I missed you!”

The wiry middle-aged woman tousled the stocky boy’s hair, gave him a tight hug, and unstrapped her pack, swinging it off her shoulders. “Look, Luke, I got you something!”

Barbara unzipped a side pocket and reached inside, rummaging through various personal effects until her fingers grazed the creased packing paper. “Ah, found it! Guess what this is.”

The boy looked skeptical. “What is it, Mom? A Milky Way snow globe?”

Grinning, Barbara teased him, “Nope! This is something from outer space – it is a moon wrapped in brown paper! I had to bribe the NASA pilot to make a detour, just so I could grab this baby for you.”

Luke rolled his eyes. “Mom… seriously!”

“Fine… open it, then!”

Tearing off the paper, the boy gasped. In the round display case sat a Babe Ruth original autographed baseball.


The prompt

d’Verse prosery is flash fiction with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of the author’s choice, no longer than 144 words. This very short piece of prose must include an assigned line from a poem, within the 144 word limit. Writers may change the punctuation of the assigned line, but they may not insert words within the quotation.

The assigned quotation was:

It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.

-from Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Valentine’

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