A Short Story
In 2012, I had an idea for two short stories. However, with my focus on writing my previous novels, it took me five years to finally bring one of them to life.
'Slip' is a poignant tale loosely based on a true story involving my mother and one of her sisters. The idea for 'Slip' had always resided within me, waiting for the right moment to emerge. I vividly remembered a lingering unresolved issue between my mum and her sister, who lived in Canada. Intrigued, I reached out to my mother, seeking to understand what had transpired.
During my aunt's last visit, my mother confided in me, expressing apprehension. Like so many of us, years had passed with unsaid words and unaddressed tensions. Prior to her sister's arrival, my mother had composed a heartfelt letter, pouring out her thoughts and feelings, which she promptly sent to Canada.
Although my aunt's visit was brief, it left an indelible mark. Our entire family came together, creating cherished memories. My mother, as the eldest, had two younger sisters and a brother, and that day became a treasured memory for me. All our cousins and their children joined the gathering, and joy permeated the atmosphere.
Despite the pleasant day, my mother remained unsettled after my aunt's departure. It turned out that the letter had arrived late, and my aunt was unaware of its existence during her visit. The delayed revelation saddened my mother. However, a week later, my auntie called, and they engaged in a heartfelt conversation. They finally expressed sentiments that had remained unspoken since the 1940s.
This series of events sparked a profound realization within me. What if my mother's letter had arrived before my aunt's departure? Would she have allotted more time to be with us? Could the day have been even more remarkable? Or what if they had picked up the phone and addressed their issues years ago? These reflections inspired me to write 'Slip,' urging others not to let time slip away without resolution.
When my editor returned the final draft, she expressed her desire for a copy once it was published, intending to share it with her own sister. Additionally, I sent a proof copy of 'Slip' to my best friend, and her response deeply touched me. After reading the story, she reached out to her own sister, resolving a small issue that had been weighing on them. That heartfelt connection reaffirmed that I had indeed written a story with soul.
'Slip' will be available in November 2017, carrying with it a message of seizing the present moment and reconciling with loved ones. In this blog update, I express my gratitude to all those who have joined me on this journey, sharing my mother's backstory and finding inspiration within its pages.
If 'Slip' resonated with you, I would be delighted to read your thoughts in a review. Thank you for your support and for being a part of this meaningful exploration.
The story of 'Slip' is a work of fiction inspired by real-life experiences. Names, places, and events have been altered for narrative purposes.
Hello, my name is Victoria I am an author. I would like to share with you my opinion & experiences and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.