Fallen Dreams

Within, it happened. New life, new dreams. Once someone’s fortune, now ruined. Built in the good times, when the young couple had not been dealt their cruel fate. Their plan to add rooms for an expanding family was never fulfilled. The land was also barren. First there was silence, then blame. At last he snapped. A knife picked up in haste. They found her in his arms and had to prise her stiffened body away. He lives but wishes he didn’t, trapped within his prison. None will now live where dreams died.

Thanks go out to Madison for running her Friday Fictioneers.

Join this week as writers from around the globe gather on Friday at Madison-woods.com to share 100-word stories based on a photo prompt:

How to become a Fictioneer

  1. Write a 100-word story (more or less, and it’s okay if you didn’t use this picture for inspiration)
  2. Post your story to your blog on Friday (or just link to it tomorrow if you wrote earlier)
  3. If you’re a WordPress user, include “Friday Fictioneers” as one of your tags so you’ll show up on the tag search.
  4. Comment on Madison’s story Friday and post a link to your story.
  5. Tweet your link to @madison_woods and include the tag #FridayFictioneers if you’re on Twitter.
  6. Follow the read and comment schedule listed above the picture. If the comment forms allow, leave your link on all your comments, so others can find you and us later on.
  7. Check back often because participants post throughout the day.
  8. Get psyched up to do this again next week 



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22 responses to “Fallen Dreams

  1. This is an interesting style – you treat a very emotive story with the scantest of details. It reads almost like a newspaper obituary. Is that what I mean? Anyway, it left me with a strange mix of emotions, and certainly a lot of difficult thoughts.
    I’m over at: http://elmowrites.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/friday-fiction-breakout/

    • Thanks for your comments. I quite like a story with a punch and in 100 words I find scant can be effective. You have given me an idea for my next job anyway. Kind regards

  2. Fits the prompt perfectly and the sparse writing fits the story line wonderfully.

  3. Really beautifully put together. “Silence then blame” and then a perfect final line. Well done.

    We’re in the list, but also here: http://www.lazuli-portals.com/flash-fiction/searching-for-sarah

  4. failed dreams, the most painful of losses, nicely done

  5. Wow, I can’t believe all the heartbreak and tragedy you captured in just a 100 words. Stunning job!

  6. Dear Lindsay,

    An evocative, sad and even tragic story. I was moved by the spare description of the hope and love torn apart and replaced by anger and loss. Your really captured life in your 100 words. Perfect for the prompt, too.




    • Dear Doug
      Thanks so much for lovely comments. 100 words for a life story, now that is something isn’t it? Anyway I am doing my own reading later tonight so of course will enjoy looking at your offerings today.
      Kind regards

  7. You have written a moral there for us all to heed Lindy and it was really well crafted to draw out the essential elements.

    I’m on the list but for those who happen across, my offering is also here: http://womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/07/06/reality-brought-forth/

    • Thanks for reading my small piece. One would never know what a happy person I am with all of the sad and tragic writing I do! Anyway I appreciate your positive comments and look forward to reading yours later.
      Kind regards

  8. Tragedy is something we can all relate to. Sad a place that started of with new life and new dreams would end up a shell of sorrows.


  9. raina

    wonderfully written! I enjoyed reading this one. “none will now lived where dreams died” … they bore so much expectation! Crushing when it didn’t just happen the way they wanted I s’pose.

    Ours are on the list: http://writersclubkl.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you for your great comments. I really enjoyed this prompt even if I did write a tragic tale. I am doing my own reading later and look forward to yours.
      Kind regards

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