An Enchanted Charm: Fiction Friday

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

FF 156 Dale Rogerson

Photo copyright Dale Rogerson

An Enchanted Charm

Isabelle returned from vacation to a new org chart, a new assignment. In her absence they moved her desk to the basement. Until the project started, they told her, she could “get things ready.”

Her new work space was in a storage room behind a security lock; only a few people had entry access. She brought in flowers from her garden. In the comfort of the forced isolation, Isabelle completed the required research.

The project started: people everywhere, deadlines looming, phones ringing. Isabelle brought flowers every week, considering them an enchanted charm, protecting her from the imposed insanity around her.

The photo is by Dale Rogerson, also a Friday Fictioneer writer. Check out Dale’s story, Too Little, Too Late.

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

13 thoughts on “An Enchanted Charm: Fiction Friday

  1. Very well imagined story; the unexpected assignment, the security lock, the flowers as a charm against ‘enforced insanity’. Inventive, and carefully constructed. Well done!

  2. Thanks for the link to my story, Tesha!
    Good for her on making her situation tolerable… Then again, some people like being isolated. I, for one, would lose my mind!

    • This was only half fiction. I was in a project room all by myself for quite some time before anyone else was assigned and given a security clearance for access. Sometimes we can write what we know! But I didn’t have any flowers . . .

  3. What a way to be greeted after a vacation. But peace and quiet can be a luxury. Great take on the prompt, flowers brighten the darkest corner.

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