First Day: Fiction Friday

The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.

Photo copyright Roger Bultot

Photo copyright Roger Bultot

First Day

“What’s that white stuff?”

Aloe sighed, looking up at Orchid, his bloom newly opened. Aloe had been on that window sill for as long as she could remember. Orchid had been there a long time, too, but his memory faded each time his last bloom withered. He never remembered the snow, the rain, the sunshine. Today really is the first day of the rest of his life, Aloe thought.

With true kindness, Aloe said, “It’s snow,” and started to describe the weather and the world they would see pass by them as they looked out the window together, as always.

To read other Friday Fictioneer stories based on this photo, select the smiley blue frog.

11 thoughts on “First Day: Fiction Friday

  1. Ah, I do like that they’re friends, and there is definitely an aloe on the sill to the right. Being a plant person (with an aloe the size of a small hut in my living room, waiting out winter), I appreciate the reference to their blooming and seasons. In my geekish mind, it added authenticity to the friendship. Nice job.

  2. I’ve read this a couple more times. It’s intriguing the way the two plants represent two different ways of looking at the world and how they can complement each other and, even, if they are willing, share their perspectives. This could be a short story. Maybe…the plants mirror the lives of the two people living in the flat, that sort of thing. Again…well done.

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