Saturday, 4 August 2012

Five Sentence Fiction: Victory

Photo By Lisa Shambrook (Please do not use)

She crouched uncomfortably on her knee, resting against the cot, its bars now imprinted on her cheek, one hand gently stroking soft baby hair and her finger tightly embraced within her baby’s tiny fist.
Her son’s thumb had found its way into his mouth and a quiet suckling broke the silence in the dark.
She held her breath and very, very delicately extricated her finger from his sleeping grasp, then slid her arms out through the bars as carefully as if they were laser beams, and slowly, very slowly rose to her feet.
Her creaking knees made her grimace and pause for a split second as the crunch echoed throughout the exhausted corridors of her mind, but she backed cautiously out of the room and pulled the bedroom door to.
She barely breathed as her ears listened for the tiniest of sounds, and as silence reigned she softly let out her breath and punched the air!


  1. oh Lisa, you made me smile!! Every mom will recognize this hard won victory! Hugs!

  2. Sleep! Glorious sleep! Great job with all the descriptions (I loved the comparison of the bars to laser beams)

  3. Lisa

    I have just nominated your blog for the Liebster Award - Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

    Please see for the full story.

    Keep up the lovely blogging

  4. This is such a sweet story. I love the way you captured this moment. Anyone could relate to this. Really great stuff. :)

  5. Suxh an adorable story! Loved it. xx

  6. Oh I was with you, every tiny, tip-toeing step of the way! The part about the creaking knees took me back to trying to sneak out of my own daughter's bedroom, those bloody knees of mine would always give me away and wake her up.

  7. Oh my god I remember those days of sleep deprivation. Our son (who heads off to his freshman year of collage in two weeks) stole many hours of sleep from us at night. There was is an unavoidable spot right infront of his bedroom door that creaks and after spending 25 minutes patting him back to sleep, you'd hit that spot and the wails would start all over again. A perfectly rendered story!

    1. oops I meant college not collage...

  8. Phew! *sound of exhaling*
    You captured that moment perfectly!

  9. I thought you might relate to this one! It was either my creaky knees or the creaky floorboards!

  10. Hi Lisa. This one made me laugh! I have been there many times with my two. Children steal your sleep in a way that nothing else can be stolen.



  11. I was holding my breath, too when I realized what she was doing :) Love it!!