Invisible but always near, Sylvia has watched Violet her entire life. She is Violet’s memory keeper.
Turning to her apprentice, Sylvia says, “It’s almost time.” His finger hovers over the button.
Violet takes her last breaths as Sylvia commands, “Now!”
The apprentice pushes the button. Violet’s best memories smoothly transfer back to her. She is filled with joy as death greets her.
It is finished.
Smiling, Sylvia turns to the apprentice and says,
“It’s time to promote you to a memory keeper of your own.”
The apprentice asks, “Are you sure I’m ready?”
Sylvia responds, “Just keep the wheels turning.”
“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge by Rochelle Wisoff Fields. The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt. This week’s photo was provided by Ted Strutz. Other stories can be found here.