The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.
The Maze Runner
Mario didn’t see the people who passed him. His eyes were full of memories: him chasing his brother Luigi down stone streets, their laughter echoing skyward. They loved surprising each other, popping up from behind, vanishing down an alley seemingly without exit. The maze they called a village held no secrets for them. A day of skinned knees and ragged shoes was a day well-spent.
Luigi was gone now, fighting in the war. Mario discovered life was itself an unmapped maze. With one deep breath he stepped out of the shadows, deciding there was only one direction to go: forward.
This week the photo is from our host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Check out her story here.
To read other Friday Fictioneer stories based on this photo, select the smiley blue frog.