Tea and Memories


She liked jasmine tea. When she let it infuse enough, it had a bitter taste on top of the floral fragrance that reminded her of a different time, a time when she was young and falling in love in a foreign country. She could almost hear Shanghai in the morning, waking to the fog for another busy day. She could smell the market’s strange food exposed to her for the first time; squids, spiky red fruits, jelly. She could see the uneven skyline of rising buildings in both the English and local fashions. And his eyes, dark, reaching deep in her soul. Oh, was he ever dreamy! But he wouldn’t come back to England with her, he had said his place was right here, in the bustling city.

“Janet? Janet! Are you listening to what I’m saying? Marie, she’s not listening!”

As her friends looked at her, the woman smiled, oblivious of their rambling, still in the distant China of her memories.

Word count : 162
Image : Louise, author of The Storyteller’s Abode.
Story writing for the 43rd Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW), a weekly challenge hosted by Priceless Joy to write a ±100-150 word story based on a picture.
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  1. This story is wonderful! I could so easily see it all happening in my imagination and your writing is wonderful! Thank you so much for participating in the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge and I hope to read more of your stories in the future. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful story! It’s really vivid.


  3. Distance make s the heart grow fonder, so they say. I hope they get to see each other again. 🙂 Nicely done!


  4. mandibelle16

    Memories are wonderful like that and smells like from her tea, they bring you back to places you’ve been for a visit. Great story.


  5. A beautifully written story. 🙂 It’s sad that distance had to divide them but at least her memories of their time together don’t seem to be tinged with any bitterness. Welcome to the challenge.

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  6. Enjoyed this story. A sort of longing to take us away.

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  7. Wonderful story and great job in describing her lost in her own thoughts while her friend was trying to talk to her. 🙂 Looking forward to more of your stories. 🙂

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