Sunday Photo Fiction: The End of The CorkScrew #flashfiction #amwriting #fiction 

Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF. 


Credit: © J. Hardy Carroll

Kathy walked into The CorkScrew. During the day it had masqueraded as a cafe with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, and any alcohol you felt like adding. At night the old place truly came alive as the beloved town bar where everyone met to have fun and catch up. 

However, the building no longer met fire code regulations. It hadn’t when she started working here as a bartender when she was sixteen, having procured a fake ID. But twenty-five years later the place was so terrible it had to be torn down; even renovations couldn’t save The CorkScrew. 

At the front of the bar were bottles from years gone by. For some reason one could still get an ancient bottle of 7Up to mix with lime juice and Vodka. There was original Coca Cola and original Pepsi, whatever you preferred to have with your Rye or Rum. 

Kathy along with neighbors, patrons, and friends — some she’d known all her life — had come to the bar one last time to watch as The CorkScrew was boarded-up. Oddly enough, even the rats seemed to be leaving the building, which only made Kathy cry harder. 


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

34 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: The End of The CorkScrew #flashfiction #amwriting #fiction 

  1. New England Nomad February 6, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I’ve known as few places like the Corkscrew. It is sad when they get boarded up and have to close.

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    • mandibelle16 February 6, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      I’ve been to a few, but this purely fiction. I think most places in cities, end up being rebuilt and become a new restaurant or a new bar. But in old towns different story sometimes. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  2. rosemawrites February 6, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    uhhuuuh. this is such a sad tale yet so beautifully executed. that last line is so good.

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  3. Singledust February 6, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    there’s a connection we have with places from the past that will be the familiar we look for when we come home or return after a time – places like you wrote about here are slowly being renovated or torn down for new and it breaks my heart sometimes – seeing history destroyed. Lovely writing Mandibelle!

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  4. Joy Pixley February 6, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Aw, so sad to think of the end of an era. Even one that the rats were in! 😉

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  5. Joan February 7, 2017 / 12:56 am

    Lovely story. I love the bit of the rats more

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    • mandibelle16 February 7, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Hehe, yeah I was trying to be funny I guess 🙂


  6. Iain Kelly February 7, 2017 / 7:14 am

    Good take on the prompt, no one else has gone in this direction. Great sense of nostalgia and of history disappearing. Nice one.

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  7. Steve Lakey February 8, 2017 / 4:14 am

    Love the small details you use to bring the place to life. It brought back memories of a pub I knew, where you could sometimes get after hours ‘lock-ins’. They knocked it down to build a new road!

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    • mandibelle16 February 8, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Thank you Steve I’m glad you can relate. Seems like many of us had a bar/pub like this, a place that once was. I’m happy you enjoyed 🙂

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  8. athling2001 February 8, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Losing a local connection – bar – is hard for everyone. Just like l losing Mom and Pops Grocery to Walmart.

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    • mandibelle16 February 8, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Yes Athling that’s an apt comparison. It’s like when these places go you like the ‘heart’ of the store and the community as well, and big corporations or whatever the buildings become, can’t replace what was there. Thanks for your comment.

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    • mandibelle16 February 8, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Walmart is particularly terrible, I took Business classes with case studies on them in university. They knock out the local competition (small businesses) which are authentic and interesting b/c they can offer low prices local businesses can’t on food, etc.

      Then no one has jobs so they have to work at Walmart (in small communities) and Walmart only pays minimum wage and less if they can get away with it. There has even been cases where they have purposely locked employees in the store overnight so they had to finish the work needed doing. I hate shopping there😤

      Thanks again.

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      • athling2001 February 10, 2017 / 8:24 am

        Unfortunately, I shop there because they have prices which fit into my budget. Wish I could do otherwise, but you got to do what you got to do. I have heard about some of their practices. Not good.

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      • mandibelle16 February 10, 2017 / 10:33 am

        I know what you mean Athling. Where I we live they are the best grocery store actually. We used to have s Sobeys/IGA but it closed. The Safeway is still there but so expensive. It’s a good and bad thing that Walmart has low prices for our budgets, but also sad Mom and Pop stores go out if business because they can’t compete. Have a great weekend.


      • athling2001 February 10, 2017 / 8:22 am

        Thanks. I normally find them but hit the publish button too soon.

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  9. patriciaruthsusan February 11, 2017 / 9:40 am

    That would be sad for older patrons. Someone probably wants the land and got the code enforced. Good writing, Mandi. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • mandibelle16 February 11, 2017 / 11:20 am

      You’re thinking exactly along the lines I was Suzanne. Thank you for reading 🙂


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