Set in Stone – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

rocks

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Set in stone

She had wandered further than intended and was startled to find herself at the water’s edge.  She watched the relentless pounding of the waves, struck by the thought that, in spite of this buffeting, the rocks stood firm.  The only defence against the encroaching tide.

 She thought about the flood of comments that threatened to engulf her. The negative attitudes that were eroding her confidence, wearing her down.  What could she do to defend herself?  The rocks offered an answer.  Build a sea wall.

 She heard voices calling her and gave a wry smile.  Time to lay the first brick!

 

 

The end of the line – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

waiting room

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

The end of the line

The room was spotlessly clean.  And completely empty.  Arin stood in the doorway and looked around.  It was uncomfortably silent. 

 Her grandmother had told her about places like this where people would wait for trains. She wondered what they had done while they waited, sitting on these wooden benches.  She tried to imagine what the journeys would have been like.  She reached out and touched the back of a bench then, tentatively, sat down on the seat. 

 A tear slid unexpectedly down her cheek.  She turned to look at her companion.  There were no trains now. They were going nowhere.

 

Sanctuary – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

arena

PHOTO PROMPT © CEAYR

Sanctuary

He stared out of the window listening impatiently to their explanations.  They had arrived the previous evening.  She had left early in the morning, without a word.  He waved aside their apologies and continued to look at the landscape spread out in front of him.  Where could she be?

He thought about their time together and their parting.  At his request she had left the lights of the city behind.  She would never choose to be reunited with him here.  There was only one other possibility. He turned. “Thanks.  You kept her safe.  She’s waiting for me.  I must go.”

 

Please note. This story is linked to one of my previous pieces of writing for Friday Fictioneers.  If Sanctuary caught your interest, do have a look at There are no easy answers.

 

At the end of the day – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

crows

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

At the end of the day

I looked along the wires and counted them.  Ninety-three in total.  A month ago there had been fewer than fifty.  Two months ago, fewer than ten.  The drop in temperature was a factor but there was something else.  They were gathering for a particular reason.  And not just here.  They were meeting in trees, on apartment blocks, on office buildings.  The numbers were growing. 

 A loud sound ripped through the air, commanding attention.  Hudd was calling.  I stretched, flapped my wings and rose into the air.  All around my fellow crows did the same.  The sky blackened.  It was time.

An unexpected occurrence – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

shop

PHOTO PROMPT © Mary Shipman

An unexpected occurrence

 She visited the shop once a week.  It was not usual for the inhabitants of the Halls to come in person to the Settlement but she hoped to cut through the uncertainties, the constraints. Besides, she loved the curious mixture of essential goods and random decorative items.

 This particular morning she sensed a tension as she entered.  The usual greeting was not offered.  The people at the counter looked at her doubtfully.

 One of the women approached her and pointed out of the window.

 “Strangers,” she said.  “You know them?”

 She hesitated, her spirits sinking.  “Yes,” she said.  “I do.”