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Friday Fictioneers ~~ October 4, 2013


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

I’m a bit early this week, but I’m so busy that I was afraid if I didn’t get this done today I might miss it this week and that simply won’t do!

Once again I want to thank Rochelle for hosting again, (psst….. You really should go read some of Rochelle’s flash fiction, she is phenomenal!) I always learn so much about writing just by reading these flash fiction stories. These people are wonderful writers! So click on Rochelle’s name and go read some great stories! Go on now, don’t be shy! Shoo!

Oh wait!! Read mine first though okay? 🙂   And don’t forget to leave a comment! Thank you so much.

Copyright – E.A. Wicklund
Copyright – E.A. Wicklund





Genre: General Fiction (words 100)


The screaming of the seagulls penetrated the fog in her mind. She flinched, then blinked in the sunlight.

Looking around she sighed and knew she was  safe. After so many years of yelling, fists and kicks, the birds yells made her flash back for an instant.

Safe, such a small word that meant so much. Courage, another word  she had found recently. The courage to leave, to move,  to be herself.

So many years she lived in fear. She didn’t think he would find her. She hoped, wished, wanted for a new life for so many years. Now she had it.  She smiled.



(I wrote this to honor Domestic Violence Awareness month. As a survivor sometimes it just takes one person holding out their hand to help to make the difference between life and death. Literally. It’s hard to find that courage when you are in a situation of abuse. You feel alone, helpless and think no one will help. If you or anyone you know is in this kind of situation, reach out your hand for help, we will grasp hold. If you need someone to talk to email me, I will help.     jlroeder (at) mail (dot) com)

36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers ~~ October 4, 2013

  1. Excellent piece Jackie and so appropriate for the cause you are writing for. Domestic violence is sadly a part of so many lives, mine included, I connect with the ideas you have in this piece That chance at a new life is so important and the courage to take the first step towards it so rewarding. Freedom will always be priceless. Thanks for sharing this story.


    1. Thank you so much. Freedom is priceless. We know this from sad experience. Others must learn it. Others should learn it. I hope. Thanks for reading.


    1. Hi Frances. How do I do it? I’m not sure. I just write what I see in my mind. Oh, and lots of practice and editing. Thanks for reading as always. 🙂


    1. Someone did that for me when I needed it the most. I know how it feels to think you are alone. I try my best to give that hope to others. Thank you for reading.


  2. Dear Jackie,

    Great piece. The birds need an apostrophe. This reminded me right away of Julia Roberts and that nasty Patrick Bergin and his Berlioz. Sleeping with the enemy. Have you seen it? If not, you’ll like the ending.




    1. Dear Doug,

      Thanks for the catch! No I didn’t see the movie, don’t watch many movies Maybe I should see that one. Thank you for stopping by and reading.


  3. Well done bit for the cause! Too many suffer from domestic violence. Glad you and other have escaped and I’m glad she escaped without killing her husband, which wouldn’t have been an atypical FF ending! 🙂



    1. Yes, there have been many murders this week! That poor ocean is full of blood. 😉 Thought mine might be better for no killings and just peace. Thanks for reading Janet.


    1. Thank you so much. The birds do put me in mind of aggression. As it seems many others this week. Thank you for reading.


  4. I don’t know what it is about seagulls but this week’s photo prompt seems to have been an emotional trigger for many FFs (including myself). Glad to know ‘your heroine’ found the courage to get out. I concur with Doug’s suggestion: Sleeping With the Enemy is a film (movie) to watch. Ann


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