Charli Mills over at Carrot Ranch Literary Community gave the following prompt this week:

July 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons. You can use the word plural or singular in different expressions, or focus on how buttons relate to a story. Go where the prompt leads.

My Mother does not like buttons. She actively dislikes them and when my Grandmother on my Father’s side gifted her a tin of vintage buttons she had collected over the years, my Mother gave it away. I was a bit miffed at the time as I did not understand the background to her dislike of buttons.

The reason for my Mother’s dislike of buttons is stated in our joint book While the Bombs fell. This new book is in the final proofing stage now [thank goodness] and should be final soon.

This is a 99-word extract that relates to buttons.

Elsie and her sisters watched their mother prepare for the evening out. Mother took off her worn work overall. Elsie felt happy to see her mother without her old overall which had odd buttons. Buttons were hard to come by during the war, and her mother kept old and used buttons. When she broke or lost a button off her overall, she would even take a grey button off an old pair of men’s trousers which Elsie hated as it reminded her of the war and its horrors.

She imagined Hitler as an old witch all dressed in black.

You can join in Charli’s prompt here: https://carrotranch.com/2018/07/05/july-5-flash-fiction-challenge/