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.

 

 

 

Murmurs from the deep – 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 © Ted Strutz

Murmurs from the deep

He drifted slowly through the melancholy waters to the sea bed.  He was not alone.  All around, people were gathering.  Their expressionless faces gazed upwards.  Their silent voices asked the question.

 “What happened?”

 His wife was shaking him out of his fevered sleep, distraught at the state he was in.

 She wept as he explained how he had been taken ill and hadn’t made it to the port. Then she told him that the ferry he would have travelled on had run aground and sunk.

 “So many passengers were lost,” she said.

 “I know. I saw them all,” he replied.

 

 

Midnight – 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 © Dale Rogerson

Midnight

The alert on his mobile phone told him he had to go.  It was a great party and he wanted to stay but time was not on his side.

 As he headed towards the door, another partygoer called out, “You’re leaving already?  Our hostess will be sorry you’ve gone so soon!”

 He waved his phone.  “I’ve had my orders!”

 Running to the waiting cab, he lost his shoe but just couldn’t hang around looking for it.

 On his way home, he wondered what story the finder would weave around the shoe.  He laughed!  Who would bother with such a tale?

 

The Way Forward – 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 © Sarah Potter

The Way Forward

I gasped in delight at the sight of the small outbuilding half-hidden by dense foliage at the end of the overgrown garden.

 “It’s magical!”

 “It’s a dump,” my fiancé replied. 

 I turned slowly and looked at him. 

 He answered the question in my eyes. 

 “This whole place is a nightmare.  There’s no way we’re going to be living here.”

 I gazed over his shoulder at the dilapidated house, surrounded by a tangle of trees and bushes.  Where I saw potential, he saw nothing but disintegration.

 “You’re absolutely right, I said.”

 Sometimes, it only takes a moment to realise the inevitable.

 

Bring just a little love – 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 © Karuna

Bring just a little love

The heavy rain had turned the front garden into a sea of mud.  The toys had been dumped there overnight.  One teddy raising his arm for help.

 An acrimonious divorce had recently ended their marriage.  It had been such a relief to find a new home for herself and their children.  Her ex-husband had said he would drop some belongings round.  This was how he had done it.

 Her elder daughter slipped an arm around her.  “We’ll clean them up for the little ones, Mum.”

 She sighed.  It would take so much more than water to wash away the heartache.

 

A cruel day – 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

A cruel day

She was on a rescue mission but there was no-one left to save.  With a heavy heart, she surveyed the scene of devastation.

A voice shouted, “Search any buildings still standing.”  Knowing it was hopeless, she moved to obey the command.

Kicking aside the ashes, she picked up a charred fragment of paper and read the words, “See, the day of the Lord is coming – a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger – to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.” *

Dropping to her knees she cried out in desperation, “That day has come.  Do it now!”

 

* The quotation is from The Bible (New International Version – UK) Isaiah 13:9

 

 

 

 

 

 

An unpalatable act – 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.  Please note the word limit, though!  No more than 100.  Believe me, sticking to it is great exercise for the creative brain!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

An unpalatable act

The Canada Dry bottles on the counter took me straight back to my childhood.  My grandmother sold those drinks in the café she ran at a golf course. 

 The golfers filled her tables and their appreciative comments rang in the air. They loved the sponge cakes and apple pies she baked for them and always came back for more.

 The café thrived for many years until the owner decided to replace my grandmother with vending machines.  The loss of the business, social life and income diminished her.  She quickly became tired and old.

 Within 6 months, the café had closed.