Next Steps: Fiction Friday

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

Photo copyright J Hardy Carroll

Photo copyright J Hardy Carroll

Next Steps

“Everything I own, gone in just a few minutes.” Max heard himself say to the reporter as she packed up her gear. She hadn’t talked to him. She had interviewed only the man who lived in the penthouse suite. Both the penthouse occupant and the reporter ignored everyone else; not worth their time, they thought.

Max sat down on the curb, coughing from the smoke, unsure of his next steps. This isn’t how I thought today would go.

He unzipped his jacket just enough to see his kitten’s face poking out. She mewed. Max hugged her as he cried.

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11 thoughts on “Next Steps: Fiction Friday

  1. You’ve written a fluent, well-paced piece exploring the shock and resentment of somebody who’s just lost everything. Almost everything. He has the kitten. I hope he and the kitten are able to salvage a life from what remains.

  2. I had to re-read the story because I momentarily got lost on who was “he” and who was “she” but then I got it.

    Seems the saving of a kitten would have made a terrific “human interest” story.

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