The sadness of goodbye – 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.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

The sadness of goodbye

When my grandmother died, she left me a diary.  She wrote it in 1910, when she was 9 years old.  It was the only one she ever kept.

 She was travelling with her parents to visit family in New York.  She described the preparations for their departure and the excitement of setting off on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean.  She recorded the details of the ship in which they sailed and the people they met. 

 Her account of their voyage covered four days.

 I wish she had told me about it during her lifetime.  The ship was the Titanic.

 

 

The man who fed the crows – 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.

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PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

The man who fed the crows

The old man came out of his house every morning, carrying a bag of bread.  As soon as he set foot in his garden, crows descended in a black cloud.  I watched him moving across the grass, distributing the food and talking to each in turn.

 On the day he failed to appear, the crows sat along the railings in a silent vigil.  When his body was removed from the building, they raised their voices in a poignant farewell before taking flight.

 The relationship between man and birds had touched my heart.  I was surprised how much I missed them.

 

The time has come – Friday Fictioneers

The start of a second year of writing! 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.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast

The time has come

The dark mist rolled across town.  They tried the lights.  Nothing happened.  There was no power in the house.  The phone was dead.

 “What’s happening?” she said.

 He tried the radio and television.  Nothing.  His laptop and tablet had some battery strength but that was all.  His mobile phone was useless.

 “Try yours,” he said, knowing there was no point.

 They heard noises outside.  Their neighbours were gathering in confusion.

 “Does anyone know what’s going on?”  Her voice shook as she spoke.  No-one had an answer.

 Standing supreme in the park, the huge wooden structure vibrated, then stood still.  Waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

Watching – Friday Fictioneers

A special occasion!  I’m delighted that I have been able to contribute a story to Friday Fictioneers each week for a year.  If you’re not writing yet but would like to do so, why not use the link 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.  Come on and join the group!  We look forward to reading your stories.  Sincere thanks to Rochelle for making it all possible.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

Watching

I looked through the door and into the house.  Everyone was busy with the preparations for a special occasion.  The celebration of the birth of my first grandchild.

 I loved our family gatherings!  Although we didn’t all live close to each another, we invariably got together for significant events.  This was certainly one of those!

 Two young women came out onto the veranda.

 “The first party without Mum,” said my elder daughter tearfully.

 ““She’ll be watching over us,” said her sister.  “Just like she always did.”

 I envied the grasshopper.  So much closer to them than I could ever be.

 

 

Enough – 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.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Enough

The cold wind whispered around them, nudging them as they walked.

 “I think it’s trying to tell us something,” she said.

 Her companion nodded.  “That may be so.”

The clouds gathered around the setting sun to accompany it on its final journey.  The trees bowed to acknowledge its departure.  The earth trembled under their feet, shaking with indignation at long years of misuse.

 The couple looked at each other.  Their instincts told them what their hearts feared to admit.  The elements had combined to condemn man’s ingratitude.

 The rain slipped down their faces like tears.  Darkness covered the whole world.