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.


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.”






11 thoughts on “An unexpected occurrence – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Thank you for your positive response – very much appreciated. Here is my interpretation of what’s going on. The young woman is living in an area with particular social norms. She is gently breaking down barriers and has been accepted. The people in the shop make a link between her unconventional behaviour and the arrival of others not known to them. Her response reflects her concern that her acceptance has been compromised and her feelings about the unexpected appearance of the strangers. I hope you still like it!


    1. Thank you. I’m glad the atmosphere came across to you. Even though you might not have ‘seen’ everything that was going on, you had a sense of the emotions and feelings. And that is what matters! Thanks again.


    1. Thank you for your response. I agree that the reader’s interaction with the text and their interpretation of it are particularly important. What I like about the 100 word limit is the opportunity for nuancing but it can make the text less accessible in some cases.


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