The Trailer to Heaven


© @Any1Mark66

There’s lots of beautiful scenery in Utah as you drive down Interstate 15 but that one part of my trip didn’t have any. Just flat, dry desert and sagebrush. Sure, there’s the odd building or two, but nothing you’d want to stay in. Well, except maybe for that trailer sitting there just off the highway.

No pot of gold or leprechaun lives there, but all the same, everyday when the sun is shining, there’s a rainbow that ends right at the trailer, visible from any angle. What causes it? Beats me. No one goes near, though. Something happens if you try. It gets harder, like walking through water until it’s like walking through rock.

I drive to Southern Utah to visit Mom sometimes. She’s not doing so well. Dementia, you see. She’s the only one who knows why there’s a rainbow over that trailer, though.

“That’s the entrance to Heaven, Jimmy. That’s where your Dad went when he passed.”

I didn’t believe her but then I looked into her eyes. There were rainbows in them.

I wrote this for the FFfAW Challenge for the Week of January 16, 2018 hosted by Priceless Joy. The idea is to use the image at the top of the page to inspire you to author a piece of flash fiction between 100 and 175 words long. My word count is 174.

That desert could easily be found in some parts of Utah and most parts of Nevada and I have made the trip to Mom’s more than a few times. I didn’t want to write about leprechauns or pots of gold, so I had to think of another treasure. Fortunately, the answer presented itself.

To read other stories based on the prompt, go to

44 thoughts on “The Trailer to Heaven

  1. I wanted to use a leprechaun in my story, but I could not get my brain to spell the word. So a goblin had to do instead. I very much liked your idea of rainbows being a conduit.

    Last year very reluctantly we placed my mother in law in a nursing home. Now we wished that we had done it sooner. Because twenty four hour simulation has helped to keep her centred. Even though sadly it seems the dementia continues to progress. Dementia robs a individual of very many of the skills they used to occupy themselves when alone. Although my mother in law still seems to love music.


    • My wife has been doing a lot of research on dementia and in some cases it can be slowed down through certain medications and nutrition and in other cases, at least in theory, it can be reversed. My Mom is pretty stubborn about what she’ll eat let alone what she’ll believe.


  2. I like this from top to bottom. I like the reasons why you can’t reach the trailer. I like that you knew the mother was about to pass because she has rainbows in her eyes. This is a really smart story no matter how you look at it.


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