Thank you to K. Rawson and What Pegman Saw. I’ve read the stories for a while now that others have written, but I’ve never taken part before. I’m happy to do so now and much appreciative for the prompt.
A Pint and the Roundtable
I sit at the circular table where we all once sat, laughing, drinking Hobgoblin, eating crisps, playing a game of songs and singers.
Their faces, all sparkling with joy and laughter, are so clear to me.
The table is now surrounded by ghosts. The ones who’ve died. The ones whose minds have gone. The ones who no longer speak to me.
The veil descends over us all.
“Miss? Are you expecting others?” It’s the baby-faced bartender, pale and respectful.
I look at the empty chairs.
A soft voice, mine, says: “We’re done.”
22 thoughts on “A Pint and the Roundtable”
A truly brilliant story! Loved the way you brought the supernatural here! 🙂
Thank you so much! I appreciate your reading. 🙂
<3 <3 <3 🙂
Superb. You brought the moment to life, literally.could feel hear see what was happening. Loved it!
Thank you, Phyllis! 🙂
I was right there with you! I loved this! You made it live, as if they were all right there and you could witness the event. Awesome!
Thank you so much, Phyllis! 🙂
You are an amazing writer! Can’t wait for you to write a book!!!!!!!!
Me too!!!! 😀
Great details and emotion; I really felt I was there with her. It rings so true, and so sad, that every group of friends eventually comes down to fewer and fewer in the end, no matter how much you rail against time and death.
Thank you so much, Joy! 🙂
This is just so, so good. Poignant and very touching in a time worn way. Great response to picture challenge.
Thank you so much, Anne!
That shivered me (my spine, not my timbers). Loved the story, touched something in me.
Thank you so much! 🙂
Beautifully atmospheric, Sascha. Delicately written too. A rougher hand migh have overplayed the loss, the details, but you caught the tone perfectly – just lovely. Haven’t drunk a pint of Hobgoblin in years myself 🙂
Thanks so much, Lynn. We can’t get Hobgoblin in the states so it’s been a long time for me too. Is it still brewed? It was a lovely beer.
It is still brewed! I can’t drink it anymore due to dietary problems, but I still see it. Shame you can’t get someone to smuggle some out for you 🙂
Oh, I probably could. However, I should probably get my passport renewed and get my butt back to England. Draft is always better, not to mention the company. 🙂
Nicely done. I felt the loss and longing. I agree with Lynn, you caught the tone perfectly.
thank you so much, Alicia?