Upsizing – although not so much inspired by the picture as the word from KL Caley at Last week I revisited a house I had really liked, but was sold before I’d sold mine. I just wanted to see what they’d done with it. The little bungalow was gone: it was a two storey four bedroom house, white walls and black roof, on the same footprint. At least they’d kept the magnolia tree in the front. It kind of inspired my Upsizing post today, along with a little planning I’ve done this week… 250 words. Enjoy!

a tiny crab next to a giant shell


The more he looked around the neighbourhood, the more he realised that things had changed. 

It wasn’t the roads, they were much the same, although with more potholes than he remembered. 

The trees were the same ones, although mostly with autumn shades, or devoid of leaf altogether. Oh, an oak tree was missing, maybe wrecked in the storms.

It wasn’t even the houses. Each was where it had been the previous year, but… something…

That one had been covered with solar panels. Good for the environment. They probably deserved a little extra. And on the plus side, it now had a working chimney.

The one next door was a building site. It looked like it had doubled in size, with more out the back, and an upstairs, too. But the chimney had gone. That was going to be a problem. Not for this year, though. There wouldn’t be anyone moving in till at least March, by the look of it.

The one on the corner had a new front, and a smart paved area in front. Opposite was a whole new house. Very smart. No chimney. What on earth was he going to do?

He carried on round the neighbourhood, checking off his list. He wondered whether houses that had doubled in size really merited a visit at all. Surely they could buy their own presents if they had enough money for all that building work?

He sighed. Not his decision. He just reported back, and left the rest to Santa and his reindeer.

(c) J M Pett 2022


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9 thoughts on “Upsizing | #writephoto Flash Fiction

  • 14 November, 2022 at 8:18 am

    A beautiful story. But digitization is still missing. Needs assessment in the traditional way. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

    • 18 November, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      That’s the Elfin Safety Inspector you’re talking about, Michael 😉

  • 14 November, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Love it. I had trouble with this one, too, mostly because I didn’t want to take time to write a new story and couldn’t find the one I thought I remembered about some critters in a tide pool.

    And I agree about those great big houses, though it’s not the children’s fault.

    • 18 November, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      I’ve managed to reply on yours, although the notifications are getting lost en route…

  • 14 November, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    This is fantastic, Jemima!

  • 18 November, 2022 at 10:05 am

    Oh! my Jemima that’s a sad tale but I loved it you’re very clever…Santa’s helper will be going back with more reports like that for the big man. Mind you I did hear that he can still deliver even if there are no chimneys! 🤞 💜💜

    • 18 November, 2022 at 12:49 pm

      Well Santa’s got to send the Elfin Safety Inspector around before the big day…

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