The stately clip-clop of a pair of fine horses, their breath forming white plumes in the cold air; the rattle and clang of street cars and trams; the rustle of silk dresses sweeping up circular staircases; the faint silvery chiming of crystal chandeliers – these were the sounds of her world. Gas lights being lit, the fire being laid, ladies whirling around the ballroom in bright brocades, silk and satin – these were the sights.

Sometimes Mama and Papa let her stay up to watch from the balcony overlooking the ballroom.  Sometimes Franz let her give one of the horses an apple. Sometimes Fraulein swept her doll’s hair into a mass of waves and curls to match her own. Sometimes …

She soon realized that no one else saw or heard any of these things. She was alone in her world, living with strangers who didn’t even speak her language.

When she asked the Man and Woman about Mama and Papa, she was put to bed without supper. When she cried in her sleep and called out for Fraulein, the Woman slapped her awake. They took her to a clinic, where they had to fill out forms.

“Your daughter’s name?” “Cathy,” answered the Woman. “Katrin,” the little girl whispered.

“Address?” the woman at the desk asked. The Man said “23 Main St, Plainville,” but Katrin thought, “15 Ruddestrasse, Wien”.

When they left the clinic, Katrin broke free from the tightly held hands and ran into the street. She swerved among the honking automobiles, the Man and Woman running close behind her. Suddenly she heard the frightened neighing of a horse and saw it rear up, then crash down. She watched as the Man hovered over his bleeding wife. Rear up, crash down. People screaming, two bodies on the street, gasping their last breaths.

Then, gloriously, Mama and Papa alighting from the carriage, rushing to embrace her. “Liebchen,” Mama cried, covering her with kisses. “We’ve been looking everywhere for you.” Papa’s voice was like sunlight, like rescue, like home.

“Where have you been?”

But Katrin had already forgotten.

5 1 vote
Post Rating
Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
5 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
10 months ago

Wonderful! Is the child possessed, travelling through time or doing a mental regression? It doesn’t matter. The story is glorious in the tension building, in the feeling of loss Cathy/Katrin is experiencing. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister(@alan-kemister)
10 months ago

Beautifully done. Really gives a vivid picture of Viennese society in Victorian times. Not sure whether I’m supposed to accept she was kidnapped and taken into the future or not. The line “Where have you been” at the end makes me wonder. It suggests that Mama and Pappa have not seen the cars that Katrin had been dodging just seconds earlier. That and the horse suggests they are still in Victorian times. So, has Katrin been kidnapped and transported into the twentieth century, or is she still in the nineteenth and imagining a future with automobiles etc.?

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
10 months ago

Oh my Fuji, your story does leave me with so many unanswered questions, which I love! But whatever the answers, I was left happy that Katrin found her way back to her loving parents. I’ve read your first paragraph over and over, an era so beautifully described. For someone like me who often struggles with descriptions, this is really inspiring.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
10 months ago

Once again an incredibly masterful description of a foreign ambiance, Fuji. You managed to find a perfect picure for your Viennese story. The German names and expressions are very convincing and help us to understand where Katrin really belongs.
It certainly is a mystery how Katrin could end up in another time, in another country, and with another language. No wonder she was confused and wanted to know. Very well done, Fuji!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
10 months ago

Wow! Fuji, you have a great setting and set up for your story. Fascinating. And the transition from the new era to the old era is also very beautiful. It’s nice how you wrapped up the mystery of your story to hide it up to us. I really enjoyed it. 

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Become a PatronHelp support our family-friendly mission

Most Voted Comments

Avatar
8

Bait

It takes a real talent to tell a story in so few words. What was…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Inspirational piece. Am glad you picked the rat to be the protagonist in your story,…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Such a sweet tale - and with a good moral to the story. I thought…


Avatar
5

Endure and Sing

Wow! This is a good story! Really good to read to little kids, the moral…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, it really does add an extra dimension to hear your story read aloud…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

In my neighboring country Denmark, we have the classical storyteller Hans-Christian Andersen. Your sweet story…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A really nice one with a wonderful story line. I can see why this was…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A beautiful story! I was reminded of seeing Paul Potts and Susan Boyle on Britain's…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Your story inspired me to keep going no matter how discouraging it gets. At times…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you so much for the feedback! I pray that the young readers will be…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you for taking the time to comment and convey your thoughts on the story.…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, don't we all feel like the rat in your story at times! We…


Avatar
4

Vows

I must admit it was the picture of the church, with its grave yard, under…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

A very powerful story, Daniel. Your writing makes it easy to feel the reality of…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

Oh my gosh, Daniel. Your story really defines the word superb. You make me experience…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

A horrendous situation, more so because so many people find themselves going through it. A…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

What an extremely powerful story Daniel, really well written and with an ending that had…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

Daniel, this story is one of the best flash fiction stories I've ever read. You…


Avatar
3

In Memoriam

It's terrible to lose someone you love and accept that he is not a part…


Avatar
3

The Problem with Women

I think Carrie has said it all. We rest our collective case.  ? 


Recent Comments



www.Voice.club

Upcoming Site
Maintenance
Scheduled for Today @ 21:15 ET

USA Timezone – Eastern Time – (GMT-5)

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds


Voice-Team will perform upgrades and add new features!

During our scheduled maintenance
Voice.club will be inaccessible

5
0
Selected Authors may submit comments (5 Credits)x
()
x
Scroll to Top

Sharing a Post

Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. During public voting, only club members can read posts submitted for that contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!