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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Feb 21, 2014

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

MAKE – EVERY – WORD – COUNT

This is for Friday Fictioneers. You can go here and find out all about it. And here to read more stories based on the same picture. Thanks Rochelle for another week of fun!

Copyright – David Stewart
Copyright – David Stewart

 

Genre: Sad History (100 words)

 

The bell is silent now. It used to ring with every meal served at the farm.

Now the once fertile fields are covered in asphalt and concrete. The farm machinery long gone, sold to the highest bidder.

One little corner remains, an old farmhouse,  sad and neglected. Waiting for the bell to ring again and to hear joyous voices raised in cheer while eating wholesome meals laid out on long tables. Men, women, children eating and laughing before going back to work once again.

It was a hard life, but a fulfilling one. All gone, except the bell, waiting, silent.

 

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Feb 14, 2014

Yes, yes, I know it’s only Wednesday, but I have a busy schedule this week and I didn’t want to miss anything. And as Janet has so nicely provided the picture (great one at that), I wanted to get my story in.

Now most of you know the drill by now. We take a picture and write a 100 word story about that picture. It’s great fun and it helps to tighten your writing, so it’s a win-win challenge! If you would like to join us, just click on our hostess’s name, that would be Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and you can read the few rules we try to uphold. 

If you just want to read more great stories based from the same photo, click here and there you are! Read, enjoy, comment!

copyright Janet Webb
copyright Janet Webb

 

Gazing at her painting, he thought he captured her allure. His lady in red. His lady in distress.

Blonde hair piled high, red lips with just a hint of pout, a true beauty.

She told of a husband that didn’t love her, a stifling of life that didn’t suit her.

With a shimmer of tears in her eyes, she said she needed to be free.

He agreed to free her of her burdens, for a price.

Sipping the Sangria she loved so much, he wondered how she fared in prison.

As he was the undercover cop who put her there.

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Feb 7, 2014

Hello people! I’m earlier than usual with my Friday Fictioneer story, but I’m having a super busy week and I didn’t want to take the chance of missing it. It’s a hard one too this week, well for me it is. I really had to think about it.

If you would like to read more great stories based on the same picture or maybe participate, click here  to read the few rules we try to follow and don’t forget to read our hostess’s great story too! If you just want to read more stories, click here and enjoy!

One more thing, if you like FF’s, Michael from Morpethroad and I did a longer story based on a couple of our Friday Fictioneer flash stories. If you would like to read it, please click the name The Cat People of Kagir Manor and we would be happy to have you read it. Thanks!

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

MAKE. EVERY. WORD. COUNT.

 

Copyright – Dawn M. Miller
Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

 

Genre: Fiction (99 words)

“That old hotel had some pretty good lamps left Helen.”

“Sure did Sam! We should make one more run, ‘fore it gets blown up today.”

“Was talking to those demolition guys yesterday. It’s not scheduled till 3 pm.”

“Lot’s of time left. We should stop for a burger first.”

After burgers and cokes Helen and Sam snuck unnoticed into the old hotel to grab the rest of their loot.

A few blocks away the demolition boss spoke to his men.

“I know its early Bill, but it’s all clear, might as well get it done.”

Minutes later the hotel was just dust and rubble.

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Jan 31, 2014

Hello people!

Welcome to my blog, my home away from home. No, wait a minute, that should be my ‘other’ home. Because I am home, but on the computer (where I usually am) so this is my other home. Confused yet? No? I’ll have to try harder next time. Ha-ha!

Well, it’s time for some fun Friday Fictioneer time again. I want to thank our hostess who is ever so clever, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, she puts up with all of us every week. If you want to read other great stories just give Rochelle’s name a click and enjoy!

Now on with the show!

Copyright -Claire Fuller
Copyright -Claire Fuller

 

 

Genre: Fiction (100 words)

No one was around, too early for the first shift of workers. Walking  to the back side of the building Margot crouched down and lifted something from the bushes.

As she strode to the left corner of the shop she hit her arm against the building and fell to her knees in pain.

Her bandaged arm was bleeding again where the hand used to be. Biting her lip, she staggered up and continued. They refused her compensation for her loss, said she had been careless. Then they fired her.

A quiet whoosh sounded as she dropped the match on the gas and walked away.

 

 

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Jan 24, 2014

Hello people! It’s time for that all time favorite activity, Friday Fictioneers! Come join the fun, either reading or writing. Rochelle is our hostess every week and she does a great job. Click on her name and find out what all the fuss is about.

Go here to read other great stories.

This week’s picture prompt is:

Copyright – Björn Rudberg
Copyright – Björn Rudberg

Genre: General Fiction (100 words)

Twenty years he spent on this mountain top. In a ramshackle house with a run down barn.

Today was the day he was leaving. He couldn’t take it anymore. Living like this, barely eating, hardly surviving.

Twenty years must be enough for people to forget.  He had been young, foolish, quick-tempered. Now he was tired and worn down.

For days he walked till he came upon the town. Two men approached him. He felt no fear as they blocked his way.

“We heard you were back old man.”

He just stared at a younger version of himself.

“Come along. Ma’s been waiting long enough.”

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Jan 17, 2014

Whew! I didn’t think I was going to make it this week. Yesterday my computer died on me. Well, didn’t die, die, it was more like had dying fits. Scared the crap out of me as I cannot afford a new one!

So I finally had to ‘refresh’ my computer all the way back to when I first bought it. Yup, had to clean it out right down to the bare bones. Then I had to re-add all my apps, programs, browser and anything else I feel was necessary to my little world. What a pain in the ass! Took me all dang day!

Still haven’t gotten everything back yet either. I finally ran out of steam last night, my eyes were crossing and my head was hurting. So today I thought I would add back as I need it. So far my computer is running like brand new.  Well, it’s been having problems for a couple of months now. I foolishly it seems, installed windows 8.1 (I had windows 8) and ever since I did that my computer would not work right. My printer died and my virus program would not do its job. Nothing but issues, issues, issues.

So I would suggest to anyone who has windows 8, leave it alone. Do NOT install windows 8.1, as it messes things up. Of course I failed to read all the forums and articles about windows 8.1 before I installed it. It seems it’s a common complaint that things fail to work after installing it.

Anyway, enough of my whining. On to the Friday Fictioneers! You all know the drill, go visit our hostess’s website Addicted to Purple and read the few rules we writers try to follow. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our hostess and puts up the picture we are to write our 100 word story about. Great fun with great writers!

This week’s photo is:

Copyright – Erin Leary
Copyright – Erin Leary

 

Genre: Horror? (100 words)

 

The moon was full, bright, even behind the clouds.

Standing behind a huge barren tree, Michael watches the glints on the water. The myth was every 13 years when the full moon rises, the witch of Kagir shows herself and waits for the man who promised to wed her.

Michael was fascinated with this story and wanted to see the witch himself. It was an obsession. Glancing at his watch he saw it was 12:13.

Hearing a low keening behind him, he turns and sees the witch. He stumbles  as she beckons him forward.

A poster in town, several months later.

“Missing: Michael Morrey”

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Jan 10, 2014

Hello People! Today is Friday! You all know what that means. Friday Fictioneer time!

For those that might not know what Friday Fictioneers are, let me tell you. This is a great group of people who write flash fiction (100 words) based on one photo that is generously provided by one of us. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our hostess every week. We have a few rules we try to follow, which can be found on Rochelle’s blog Addicted to Purple. If you are interested in joining us, please do! Or if you are interested in reading the many and various stories, again click on Rochelle’s name, scroll down till you meet the little blue guy and click on him. That will take you to all the great stories based from the same picture.

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

 

Copyright-Dawn Q. Landau
Copyright-Dawn Q. Landau

 

Genre: Literary Fiction (100 words)

 

“Isn’t the water beautiful Margaret?”

“Sure is Bart. We’ve been walking a long time, is it much farther?”

“Shouldn’t be too far. Just look at that sky!”

“That cloud reminds me of a dragon! Look Bart!”

“I see it, Margaret.”

” I’m so glad we took this vacation. Just what we needed, Bart.”

“I know my dear. After the year we had, we deserve some down time.”

“Are we close yet Bart?”

“I think I see it up ahead Margaret!”

“Thank goodness!”

“Here you go! Not exactly the stairway to Heaven, is it?”

“It is when you have a full bladder!”

 

 

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Jan 3, 2014

Hello people! A new year begins with a whole year of the Friday Fictioneers to look forward to!

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s eve and rocked in the New Year like you wanted. Now today is for relaxing and getting ready to tackle this brand new, sparkly new year the way YOU want to! That’s what I’m doing.

Anyway, most of you know the drill by now, but if I have any new readers, Friday Fictioneers is where a bunch of very talented writers get together every Friday (it actually starts on Wednesdays)  to write a 100 word story based on a picture that some kind soul lets us borrow. One picture, lots of writers writing stories based from the same picture. What you get is a wide range of stories that will make you smile, cry, laugh, shudder (in fear), gasp, shake your head at, and marvel that so many stories can come from one source.

Thanks go out to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for being the kind and benevolent hostess that she is. If anyone is interested in joining us, please click on her name and read her blog for the few rules we go by. If you just want to read many great story tellers, again click on her name and scroll down to the little blue guy and click on him and then read to your heart’s content.

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

The picture this week is from Rochelle’s daughter-in-law. It’s Rochelle’s grandchild and the dog actually climbs the tree! I believe her as I had a dog who loved to climb trees too. Then she would jump onto the roof of the house and that’s when I would have to rescue her. She could climb trees and come down from trees, but once she was on the roof (one big tree was close to the house) she was helpless. But she was on the small size and would jump right down into my arms. I miss that dog!

dog in tree

 

 

 

Genre: Literary Fiction (100 words)

“Hey Ralph! Can you see it yet?”

“Not so loud! Your mom will hear!”

“Nah, she’s busy with the laundry.”

“She would freak if she knew how well you really talk.”

“Like she wouldn’t freak if she found out her dog talks?”

“Adults don’t hear us animals talk, only special kids do.”

“Well do you see it yet?”

“All I see is the neighbors crazy cat talking to a scared looking mouse.”

“At least he’s just talking.”

“I see it!”

“FedEx is here! Grandma said she was sending me a new toy bike! It’s here!”

“I’m coming down!”

“Hurry up!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Dec 27

I’m late, I know. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been late in the year I have been doing Friday Fictioneers. Yesterday just got away from me and before I knew it, it was gone. So here I am on Saturday doing what I should have done Friday. Eh, such is life.

You all know the drill by now. Our kind hostess Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a picture sent in by some kind person and we all have to write a 100 word story based on that picture. About 100 of us every week do this and its great reading how different the stories can be. Go give it a read will you? Thanks

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

Copyright – Douglas M MacIlroy
Copyright – Douglas M MacIlroy

 

 

Genre: Literary Fiction (102 words)

The lights were stunning, lighting up the tower. Susan gazed at it out her hotel window. Her mind drifted back over the last year. It had been a difficult time, with hard choices made. She made them and didn’t regret any.

Her eyes glistened with drops that refused to fall. Turning she picked up the wine glass sitting on a small table. Susan sipped her wine and tasted forgiveness.   It was a new year beginning with new adventures awaiting.

Raising her glass towards the glowing tower, she whispered,  “Today starts a new beginning, may my light shine as brightly as your’s does tonight.”

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Dec 20, 2013

What time is it folks? It’s Friday Fictioneers time! I want to thank Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for doing such a wonderful job overseeing all of us. I also want to wish everyone in Friday Fictioneers a wonderful Merry Christmas! Of course I can’t leave out my faithful readers. I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and I hope Santa brings you something extra special this year.

I’ve been in Friday Fictioneers about a year now, maybe a tiny bit longer and I have learned so much from these super fantastic writers. It’s been a great time and I look forward to another year with you all!

Now if anyone wants to join us, please do! Just click on Rochelle’s name up yonder and go visit her blog and see the few rules we usually follow. If you just want some great reading, again click on Rochelle’s name, then scroll down till you meet a little blue critter, click on him and take your pick of wonderful stories to read, all based from the same photo. Have fun either way!

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

Copyright- Jean L. Hays
Copyright- Jean L. Hays

Genre: Literary Fiction (100 words)

Linda looked upon the stained glass dolphin and smiled. Her mind took her back a year ago today.

He was 85, but that didn’t diminish his joy at finally realizing his dream of swimming with the dolphins. He couldn’t do it like he really wanted, just stood in the pool and petted the dolphin. But it was more than enough for him.

Smiling his big dimpled smile he gazed up at his daughter and mouthed, “Thank you!”

Two days later he died. Massive heart attack. He died a happy man. Linda smiled once more as tears flowed, she whispered, “You’re welcome Dad.”

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ Dec 13, 2013

Ah, Friday again and Friday the 13th no less! I’ve always enjoyed Friday the 13’s, they have been pretty lucky for me (I need to remember to play the lottery today).

But for this Friday it’s also Friday Fictioneer time! Time for another 100 word challenge. So come join me to read along or to participate, either will do! Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the hostess of course and on her blog you will find the few rules we live by (or not) and also a little blue critter you can click on that will take you to many other great writers who have posted a story based on the same picture.

Enjoy yourself!

 

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

 

Copyright – Adam Ickes
Copyright – Adam Ickes

 

Genre: Literary Fiction (100 words)

 

The boots stood on the pier in the early morning sunshine. That’s all that was left of her.

People searched for days, weeks, months and never found a trace of anything else.

It was like she was whisked into nothingness, taken right out of those boots.

 

The night before a multi-million dollar jewel went missing from the museum. The theft happened in the middle of the night by an expert burglar. That morning she disappeared, told her husband she was going for her usual morning hike. Nobody connected the two.

Laying in the sun, sipping a Mai Tai, she hummed, “These boots were made for walking.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ December 6, 2013

Ah Friday once more. You all know the drill by now, but I’ll refresh your memory just in case. Friday Fictioneer’s is hosted by our own gracious and pixie like Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, close to 100 writers from all genres write a flash fiction piece based from the same photograph. You’ll find anything and everything under the sun and moon story wise. It makes for fascinating reading. Just click on Rochelle’s name and be whisked off for a magic carpet ride. Scroll down her page and click on the little blue guy to find  all those other great stories. Don’t forget to read Rochelle’s great little ET’ish story too! Thanks all!

 

THE CHALLENGE:

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.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

 

 

Copyright -Randy Mazie
Copyright -Randy Mazie

 

Genre: Literary Fiction (100 words)

He jumped down from the half boarded window.  Dust swirled upward, tickling his nose. As he held back a sneeze his eyes adjusted to the shadows.

Listening, he glanced upward, the silence was broken by a soft coo from the nesting pigeons in the rafters.  Dinner tonight, he knew.

He walked over to a darker corner where a pallet of blankets lay on the floor. Crouching beside it he turned over the woman lying there.

Slowly her eyes opened, “Did you find her?”

“She’ll be here shortly.”

Nodding the woman put her hands on her swollen stomach, “Just in time I think.”