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.
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.”