Stephen held his wife’s hand as they sat on the park bench overlooking the bay. The glow of the city lights, like a painting on the canvas of night. He was especially mesmerized by the stadium lights. They reminded him of a spaceship.

Sometimes, he wished that one would come down and take his wife up there and somehow they would be able to fix her, bring her back to life. Stephen knew that was a ridiculous notion. You can’t bring the dead back to life. But as a doll maker, Stephen was able to bring life into his dolls.

Word Count: 100
© Josslyn Rae Turner
Photo © CEAYR

Part of the Friday Fictioneers Challenge. Click on the link to read more stories and feel free to join in.

Reposted for  Prompt Nights – When shades of loss weave with pattern of madness [29], hosted by Sanaa Rizvi at A Dash of Sunny.

44 thoughts on “The Doll Maker

  1. This is crying out to be made into a longer piece. You’re beginning to show us what the dollmaker feels, and I want to see more of it …. not just making him the classic 2D figure of horror, but a broken human being

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  2. Oh! ❤❤ this is soo beautifully eerie and poignant both at the same time, Josslyn, I love how you express his emotions in the line; “Sometimes, he wished that one would come down and take his wife up there and somehow they would be able to fix her, bring her back to life” Sigh.. try as we may, we can not hope to bring back those who have moved on to a better place. Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤❤

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  3. When you lose a loved one you are still never free of them as they are always with you, never forgetting. I can imagine the doll maker wondering if he could recreate after all it was his profession! Eerily sad Josslyn.

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  4. A sad kind of madness, Josslyn! Your gripping story leaves the reader wanting to know more about this doll maker. I imagine it as a horror story as I don’t like dolls. 😊

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