Cliff’s Hanger

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up led by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at Addicted to PurpleThe Challenge – write a one hundred word (plus or minus) story with a beginning, middle, and end inspired by the picture*. The Key – make every word count.

*Image © Sandra Crook


Cliff’s Hanger

Cliff didn’t speak until he was four years old. He got a new suit to see Santa and after his mom put it on him he grabbed the hanger and wouldn’t let it go. It was then Cliff spoke, finally and fully as if he had been speaking for years.

Cliff took that hanger with him everywhere he went until he left for college. His mom had it framed with his diploma. When Cliff’s own son Jude was still wordless at two years old, he took the hanger from the frame and marveled at the magic when Jude said, “daddy.”


100 words. Feedback is appreciated. Click below to read other creative contributions to this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt.

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22 thoughts on “Cliff’s Hanger

  1. I like the idea of this story–the hanger being passed on as a sort of magical implement. But I would have liked to understand why/how the hanger accomplished that. What was it about the hanger that made Cliff and Jude speak?

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  2. Oh, a magic hanger! I love it, Melanie. Speaking can be like that. My brother did that. He was quiet, never spoke a word, and then one day he spoke three full sentences (something like that)! Fluently, as if he had always talked. It was something about a kid down the block he got in a fight with. Great story!

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  3. Hey there,
    I really enjoyed this story! I’ve been perusing through WordPress today, looking for good writing.
    My name is Rachel and I’m one of the contributors for Short Tale Shrew, an online community for Flash Fiction/Microfiction writers. I’d love to see more of your writing! We’re currently holding a contest for a cash prize of $50 USD, and I think you’d be a solid candidate if you entered.
    Come check out the site. If you want, enter the contest. In any event, just know I really appreciated this piece of writing.
    Have a good day!


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