Flash Fiction: Match Girl

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here.

Welcome to fantasy land. Remember the old times, leaving the house to eat? Spoiling the fancy tablecloth with rich food, drinking too much wine… How did they get the stains out? One of life’s mysteries. Laughter roared with fire on the inside; a heated bliss away from home. Skimpy dress defied the elements, a slice of summer in winter.

The virus came, lockdown enforced. The frost set in. Somewhere in my heart, I’m always sitting at the corner table; heaven away from life, unwinding with great company.

And now I look at the photograph, transforming into poor The Little Match Girl.

Note: The Little Match Girl is a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. For details read the wiki page here.


  1. Dear Tanille,

    I told my husband last night that I want to go out to dinner. We both laughed and cooked supper. Ah well.
    The reference to the Little Match Girl makes me sad. Nicely done.




  2. She searched the world for Prince Charming
    even tried all the sights on TV.
    Blind dates were all failures as she soon realized,
    her romance was not meant to be.

    She read all the ads –
    kept her ear to the ground
    but in spite of her efforts
    no match could be found.

    She never sought fortune
    and she never sought fame.
    so Poor Little Match girl
    became her real name.

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    1. Nope, she’s in lock down. She’s fine, a previously spoiled millennial missing eating out (like many of us do). That’s my take anyway, but I can see the ending being interpreted as dark. 😀

      Thanks L

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      1. Oh no! That’s nasty. I feel for you. It does play on one’s mind.
        Autumn here and I had BAD hay fever a few weeks back. Kept telling myself “you haven’t been out, just hay fever”.


  3. I think that life will return to its new normal, and people will find a way to dine together, and have a good time sharing a meal, and some wine. 🙂
    We need to give it all a bit more time … but we’ll be fine.
    That’s my view and I’m sticking to it … 😉


      1. Not dining!!??? 😉
        Teasing … yes, I know, for some people dining out is more than just for the food, and for many others, not being able to dine in with all of those they WANT to have dine in with them is even the bigger pain.
        Hopefully soon we’ll get some normalcy resuming. I believe we will.

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    1. Must admit, the pic triggered something in me. I think pretty much everyone has moments of being fed up with the social isolation. Won’t be forever, the best we can do is focus on the important things in life (I’m enjoying the slow pace, a writers’ dream).

      Thanks W

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    1. That line reminded me a bit of the first time I spent winter in a snow climate. I cranked up the heater to the point my room mate wore summer clothes. They all, in good nature, made fun of the Australian who wanted summer in the apartment during winter. 😀

      Thanks J!

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    1. Perhaps life will be better out the other end. It would be nice if venues had more space. The cost of living might become reasonable. I’ll keep dreaming. 😀

      Thanks M

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