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Thin Walls – Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

‘Doomed!’

‘Different cultures!’

‘What about your children?’

Jenny pretended that it didn’t matter and walked down the aisle with a smile on her face, but she felt their eyes pierce her back. Then she caught sight of Kopano’s face, the joyful glow, and her determination did not falter.

The difficulties arose when they moved to his country. Sleeping on a futon was torture and thin walls did not disguise their neighbours’ arguments. The locals refused to understand her attempts at Japanese. Her spirit shrunk and known as the ‘Foreigner’, she died friendless. Kopano’s love could not save her.

Thank you to Rochelle at http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com. She organises the Friday Fictioneers. Authors write a piece of 100 word fiction, prose or poetry based on a photo prompt and exchange comments on their work.  If you are a writer of short fiction, join us and see where your imagination takes you.

 

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Hidden – a story for the Friday Fictioneers

photo-prompt-amy-reesePHOTO PROMPT copyright Amy Reese

Everyone has a compartment of herself that no one is allowed to open. The face is not an entry to the soul and secrets can be hidden.

No one knew that better than Rose.

Forty years she kept quiet. Others described her as kind, generous, loving – little did they know.

In death, all was revealed. Church pews could not contain everyone and there were many witnesses when her son spat on the coffin. In a car outside, his wife restrained their son – a man child that his grandmother had said only a mother could love.

Thank you to Rochelle at http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com. She organises the Friday Fictioneers. Authors write a piece of 100 word fiction based on a photo prompt and exchange comments on their work.  If you are a writer of short fiction, join us and see where your imagination takes you.

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Assets

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

‘It’ll be finished in time.’

Each week, my scepticism expands along with my tummy. It’s Roger’s fault, always trying to save pennies.

Mum warned me. ‘A first date at a burger bar should tell you something,’ The next morning, I tried to describe his wit and academic prowess but her lips pursed. She held back further criticism; however her eyes said it all.

Defending him is second nature and many say that I deserve better.

Next week my newborn becomes Roger’s heir. Before long, I will be a widow and the serious building work can start.

 

Thank you to Rochelle at http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com. She organises the Friday Fictioneers. Authors write a piece of 100 word fiction based on a photo prompt and exchange comments on their work.  If you are a writer of short fiction, join us and see where your imagination takes you.

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Distant Shores – Friday Fictioneers

photo prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

photo prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Rachel yearned for the sight of land. Twenty seven days, they tossed on the ocean waves in a container that seemed smaller with each passing day. The romantic notion was now a reality and not even the midnight sky with thousands of twinkling stars could re-ignite her passion. She hated him.

Behind was a life of comfort, family and the country she loved.

Ahead nothing but more days of salty spray.  The world adventure he offered.

She peeled the gold band off of her finger, lobbed it into the wake behind and sighed.

‘Your watch’, she shouted down the hatch.

http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com organises the successful Friday Fictioneers. Authors write a piece of 100 word fiction on a photo prompt and exchange comments on their work.  Come and join us and see where your imagination takes you. Thank you Rochelle for keeping this group active.

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Charlie’s Grandpa – Friday Fictioneers

 

 

 

Photo prompt©Rochelle Risoff-Fields

Photo prompt©Rochelle Risoff-Fields 

Sorry Fictioneers, this did start out as a comic piece but that dark side intervened again.

‘My Gramps lived in there.’

‘The brick place?’

‘Nope.’

‘That big white place on the hill?’

‘Nope.’

‘Where then?’

‘In there. Next to the blue one.’

‘Don’t be stupid. No one lives in a bottle.’

‘My Gramps did! Mum told me he was in there.’

‘No way. And anyway, how did he get inside?’

‘Magic.’

‘There’s no such thing!’

‘Yes there is. My mum said so.’

‘It’s impossible. I can’t even slide my finger in.’

‘No stupid. You need to be transformed.’

‘To what?’

‘Ash.’

 

http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com organises the successful Friday Fictioneers. Authors write a piece of 100 word fiction on a photo prompt and exchange comments on their work.  Come and join us and see where your imagination takes you. Thank you Rochelle for keeping this group active.

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Lucky Rain – Friday Fictioneers

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Lucky, rain on your wedding day.

Rosie would clobber the next auntie who said that.  All the planning; all that money. A year’s work for one day.

Of course, ‘best laid plans’…

First the flowers. Alison freaked at the lilies, screaming at Rosie, ‘Your friend knows they make my eyes swell. We should’ve used a proper florist!’

Then, Doug stepped on the lace train. Alison’s colour drained and matched her dress. Rosie’s repair wasn’t visible from a distance.

The car, The Fiancé’s choice – a tiny back seat. A sea of  meringue swallowed Alison.

Groom absconded.

No luck there, either.

http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com organises the successful Friday Fictioneers. Authors write a piece of 100 word fiction on a photo prompt and exchange comments on their work. Thank you Rochelle for keeping this group active.

 

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Bequest – Friday Fictioneers

copyight-sean-fallon©Sean Fallon

The solicitor wore an expression of sympathy and handed me the sealed envelope. After shaking his hand, I maintained a mask of my own until the lift doors closed. Alone, I tore at the gummed strip with trembling hands. This was what I had been waiting for my entire adult life.

My daughter inherits my estate. The enclosed key will reveal all.

At last, my reward. The address and name of the bank followed.

I now remember that I skipped my way there.

In the dark bowels of the bank, I opened the safety box.

Even in death, he tortured me.

 rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com continues to run the successful Friday Fictioneers where authors write a piece of 100 word fiction on a photo prompt and exchange comments on their work. Thank you Rochelle for keeping this group active.

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Barriers

Every day we have to break down the barriers that prevent us achieving our goals. In travel they can be the so called ‘red tape’ or what I call the ‘Ebola effect’. In personal lives, other’s prejudices or our own insecurities can seem like hurdles too difficult to overcome.

As a writer, I am daunted by the barriers to attaining success as a published author. Firstly there are those which exist in the industry. We all know them; who has not struggled to secure an agent or make a profit from his or her hard work?

However, the barrier that is most obstructive comes from within. Every morning I have to remind myself of the success already achieved, having completed a full length novel when so many writers fall along the way. I can be proud to call myself an author and, when I finally publish my novel, I might allow myself a self satisfied smile.

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Positivity

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With stories of doom and gloom in the publishing world and little hope for fledgling authors, I am interested in how others remain motivated to write. I was trying to explain to my non-writer friends last night that it is a passion that drives me rather than the anticipation of global success. Of course, we all like to hear the words of encouragement of how great we are but without those would I still write? You bet!

How do you stay motivated to write? I love conversations so please comment.

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Mediatation – Friday Fictioneers June 7th 2014

fridayfictioneerjune6copyright D Mcllroy

Baby steps.

His words. It’s all in the preparation, he told her. By the summit it would be like second nature.

Months of planning. Years of anticipation. All of their holiday allowance. All of their money.

In the early days she’d loved his ambition.

That was then.

It was all in the preparation.

Too bad.

She grins at her travel documents. Not long now. A beach holiday. Compliments of insurance.

Must remember to wipe the memory.

She puts on a pair of rubber gloves before she wraps the bottle. He only took one sun cream. Her own recipe.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com for organising the Friday Fictioneers. A group of writers having fun with photo prompts. Stop by and have a look.

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