The rock and the refuge – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time to write another piece for Friday Fictioneers!  Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts this venture.  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© CEAyr

The rock and the refuge

The woodland folk did not welcome strangers.  She had strayed into their territory and now a number of them were tracking her down.

Sheltering in a small copse, she tried to pinpoint where they were.  It was hopeless!  They traversed their land as silently as a mouse whereas her gentlest movement reverberated through the trees.

Startled by a sudden noise, she peered through the foliage and saw her pursuers running away.

She walked in the direction from which they had fled, then stopped in amazement.  The jinmenseki * revered by her people! 

“You saved me,” she said, gently stroking its face.

 

* Japanese for ‘rock with a human face’.

 

Fresh flowers for the new day – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time to write another piece for Friday Fictioneers!  Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts this venture.  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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Fresh flowers for the new day

Ella arranged the bouquets her husband had sent.  The flowers delivered the day before nestled in a small bowl.  The glass vase embraced the exquisite blooms that had just arrived.

She read the card he had written.  “Forgive me.  I’ve made a terrible mistake. Please let me come back.”

 The doorbell rang and she let the removal men into the apartment.  They loaded all her boxes onto the van and set off.

 She sent him a text message.  “Thanks for the flowers.  Come back any time.  Everything’s ready for your return.”

“Except me!” she laughed, walking out of the door.

 

Waiting for an answer – Friday Fictioneers

With only a couple of hours to spare, here’s another piece for Friday Fictioneers!  Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts this venture.  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

Waiting for an answer

She stared at the strange contraption on the wall.

 “What’s that?” she asked.

 “Something from the ‘Old Times’,” he replied.

 “What’s it for?” she continued.

 “Nobody knows.  There’s no way of knowing.”

 Grant had been her guide since she moved to the settlement.  He showed her around, patiently responding to any questions.

 “Why doesn’t anyone use this building?” she asked.

 A loud ringing noise startled her.

 That’s why.” he said.  “We’ve no idea what sets it off or how to stop it.  People believe this place is cursed.  Tormented by the past.

 Filled with a sudden fear, she went outside.

 

 

The tyranny of numbers – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time to write another story for Friday Fictioneers!  Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts this venture.  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 © Kent Bonham

The tyranny of numbers

 “Good evening, Officer Bennet.  May I clean your room now?”

“Go ahead.  Leave this photo on my desk.  Stolen car.  Keeps appearing in different locations.  Not sure what’s going on …”

 Clara stared at the picture before setting to work.  When she had finished, she looked at it again.  She gasped and ran along the corridor, almost colliding with the officer.

 “Everything OK, Clara?”

 “The number plate, she declared.  Three eights.  Three the same – always significant.  Add them.  24.  Add the other numbers.  12.  Something’s planned.  24/12 between 24:00 and 12:00.  Tomorrow!

 Next day’s headlines.  “Targeted Christmas attacks averted!”

 

 

The moment of decision

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  If you would like to join this venture, do use the link to her blog and let the photo prompt challenge you to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  It’s such a good way to get involved in writing!

 I wrote the story Forging the bond – Friday Fictioneers last week because readers had asked for more of the previous week’s story The edge of uncertainty – Friday Fictioneers.  I couldn’t resist writing another instalment so here it is!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Janet Webb

The moment of decision

In the quiet of their home, they stood and looked at one another.

He broke the silence.  “I came back to announce that we shouldn’t be married.  I was diverted.”  He hesitated.  “That was some kiss!”

 She waited.

 “I’m already married to someone else,” he continued.

 She responded slowly and thoughtfully.  “No-one needs to know that you chose a wife before I was selected for you.  Our marriage offers me opportunities I won’t find elsewhere.  Don’t put me aside. We can thrive on mutual respect and loyalty.

 She turned to the window.  “That’s all I ask of you,” she said.

 

Forging the bond – Friday Fictioneers

One of the great things about Friday Fictioneers is the feedback writers receive.  I was delighted that so many readers wanted more of the story I wrote last week, The edge of uncertainty – Friday Fictioneers, so here is another instalment.  Thank you all for your support and encouragement.

 Friday Fictioneers is a weekly group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  If you would like to join this venture, do use the link to her blog and let the photo prompt challenge you to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  It’s such a good way to get involved in writing!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Sheldon

Forging the bond

Morning arrived without him.  She went alone to the celebratory breakfast.

 “Where is your husband?” the Governor enquired.

 “Here, I thought,” she replied, feigning surprise.

 Anger swept across his face.  He rose to his feet.

 The door opened to admit the missing groom.  “Forgive me…” he began.

 She turned to the Governor. “I crave your indulgence.  A moment, if you please.”

 Drawing her husband’s face down to hers, she kissed him full on the mouth then whispered, “We’re staying together.  Be strong!”

 The Governor roared with laughter, “A generous response to a brief separation!”

 The assembled guests cheered their approval.

The edge of uncertainty – 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

The edge of uncertainty

The celebrations drew to a close.  My husband led me outside.  The wedding guests accompanied us to the archway, singing and cheering as they waved us through to the beginning of our life together.

 In our new home, he gently embraced me.  He started to speak but hesitated, struggling to control his emotions.

 “I’m so sorry,” he said at last.  “We have done what was required of us but I can’t do more.  I cannot stay tonight.  Please try not to be angry with me.  I’ll return in the morning.”

 I stared at the door as it closed behind him.