A Glance Under the Surface by Estrella Azul (FreeSpace #1)

18 Mar


A Glance Under the Surface

 by Estrella Azul


As the house quieted down, the kids’ giggles muffling into soft whispers and then peacefully slipping off to dreamland, she swept through the rooms trying to tidy up their lives just before bed.

Reaching the kitchen she paused in front of the fridge, its door full of notes, drawings and haphazardly jotted down gems her kids have said over the years.

A couple of them stood out from the rest. She smiled as she read them once more.

Her little boy was upfront and unafraid.

“Thank you for the amazing water pistol bday present. I will have a lot of laughs using it.”

What the note didn’t explain was the hours and hours of fun he had had squirting water at her and his sister when ever she was researching something. She recalled her desperate attempts of getting the laptop out of harms way.

Her sweet little girl was full of great advice.

“If the sweater I got from Santa fits, I will love you for eternity.”

Behind these words hid the resolve to make her mom buy the sweater for her in every color as she refused to wear anything else for the following two months.

Thinking about these sweet episodes, she cleared the table, turned her laptop on, opened a new Word document and started typing next week’s article for her weekly column:

“For those of you who recently got a seemingly sweet card from your family on a Hallmark-created holiday that looks and feels authentic? Look under the surface. It’s what you can’t see at first sight that will really trip you up if you’re not careful…”


Estrella Azul

Estrella Azul is a writer, passionate about reading, floral art and photography, with an artistic personality and a soulful outlook on life, who shadows well. Estrella shares with her readers some of her thoughts and daily happenings, along with her creative writing on Life’s a stage – WebBlog©.


You can find Estella’s Weekend Showcase here


Estrella’s second FreeSpace will be on Tuesday 29th of April, and tomorrow you can catch up with poet Lauren Coulson’s 3rd residency poem. If you missed the first two you can find them here and here.



*FreeSpace offers 3 post slots on ArtiPeeps to any creative or group. They can be taken in a cluster or over a period of months for showcasing, projects (encouraged) or self expression. If you’re interested in FreeSpace do get in touch via the reply box on this post or the contact form on the What’s On page. 

16 Responses to “A Glance Under the Surface by Estrella Azul (FreeSpace #1)”

  1. Gill O March 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    That’s so lovely – gave me a shiver.

    • Estrella Azul March 22, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Thank you, Gill, I am glad you liked it so much!

  2. Janel March 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Wonderful. A lot to read “between the lines” of the story, just like the narrator says at the end.

    • ArtiPeeps March 19, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks Janel, I’ve let Estrella know about your comment. You’re right! There is a lot to read between the lines. It’s great to feature Estrella’s work here on ArtiPeeps.

      All good wishes,

      • Estrella Azul March 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

        Thank you for featuring me again, Nicky, it is such a pleasure to be here with my flash fiction. Glad you’ve enjoyed my piece! I’m looking forward to sending in my next one 🙂

    • Estrella Azul March 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      Thank you so much for your comment, Janel, you are so right! I deliberately left quite a few things to be read between the lines in the flash fiction as well 🙂 Spot on!

  3. Katherine Hajer March 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    This reminded me of the “hand-written letters” from the film Her — heartfelt sentiments, professionally created. Good one!

  4. Steve Green March 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    A very nicely written slice of life Estrella. The little girl’s statement, and subsequent resolve did make me smile too. 🙂

  5. Deanna Schrayer March 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I still have several Dear Santa letters my sons wrote (and they’re teenagers now). It is so much fun to look back on those and recall the life between the lines. Beautifully written story Estrella! (and sorry I’m late)

  6. Sonia Lal March 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    That’s a lovely piece, sweet and peaceful.


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