The Empty Box


If his hand is a tiled floor, a lot would accidentally fall.

“Chill, love.” I assured him Dad will be delighted to know her first princess is finally engaged. But his hand, which gripped mine nervously, is so wet with his sweat.

“So what’s the big news?”Dad asked as he take his seat.

“Sir. Uhm, I asked your lovely daughter to marry me —.”

“And I said yes, dad!” I said with delight as I showed him the empty crystal magenta box.

He eyed the box before looking at the diamond ring enthroned proudly in my finger.

“Well, congratulations. Just be cautious you two. Sometimes, the most beautiful packages are actually just empty shells. Grand engagements and weddings are not reliable foundations of marriage. Love is. Trust is. Communication is.”

Word count: 130
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: My dear friend Jade Wong

In response to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) September 13, 2016.


  • a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less)
  • each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end
  • no serial (continuation) stories
  • include a pingback to the challenge post

Thank you for hosting this awesome prompt, Priceless Joy! ❤ 

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47 thoughts on “The Empty Box”

  1. Even with all that, it’s still not enough. The power of respect coupled with the fear of God is too. Marriage is work in progress, weeding has nothing to do with marriage – they are two different baggage.

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    1. As i am not married yet, I am in no position to agree or disagree. But looking at how my mom and dad remained married and i think in love despite their differences, yes, there’s a daily strain.
      Thank you for reading! 🙂


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