In the silence – Friday Fictioneers

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts Friday Fictioneers.  Each week Rochelle 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 © Sarah Potter

In the silence

Large flakes were falling, settling on the houses, covering the pavements and decorating the trees.  Street lights illuminated the empty spaces.  Nothing moved.  Stillness had settled over the town.

 The sound of the jets had receded into the distance.  Their mission was complete.  The direct hits on selected targets had reduced the buildings to rubble and generated the ‘snowstorm’ of debris that floated through the air.

 Man’s greatest achievement.  Developing his skills to destroy, in seconds, the work of centuries.  Using his abilities to shatter communities.  Making his decisions to end lives.

 Somewhere in the darkness a child was crying.



45 thoughts on “In the silence – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Thank you, Neil. There is anger in me and also frustration, disbelief, sadness and despair. We have an amazing world to live in with so much potential for living productive lives but each day brings more news of death and destruction and innocent victims. It’s beyond my comprehension.

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  1. With your juxtaposition of snow and debris — of nature and destruction — you’ve painted a picture at once beautiful and cruel. A stark, and sadly true, reminder that one man’s desolation is another’s achievement. Nicely done.

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  2. That just about says it all. There’s so much beauty out there and yet there are those bent on the destruction of it at all costs. I guess that’s why great civilisations have risen and fallen throughout time. All of us are flawed, but it’s often those who don’t recognise their own flaws and set themselves up as gods that create the worst havoc.

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