Travelling Light: Fiction Friday

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

Photo copyright Magaly Guerrero

Photo copyright Magaly Guerrero

Travelling Light

Sharon refused to travel without her dictionary and art reference tome. She learned the hard way (Is there any other way?) just how much she could easily carry. She narrowed it down to one small suitcase and a book bag.

She asked herself : The goal in life is to live it fully, right? And not to just sit on the couch watching travel shows? The memories made travelling were worth so much more to her than possessions. That lesson was easy. There was only one more change to make before her next trip: those stupid shoes had to go.

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

I started out with the words “those stupid shoes” and the idea that no matter how cute the shoes were, they were a terrible choice for travelling.

Dinner for Two: Fiction Friday

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

Photo copyright Dale Rogerson

Photo copyright Dale Rogerson

Dinner for Two

When Mark suggested eating in, Beverly looked forward to some time together. Turns out he had invited some friends over. They watched the baseball game on TV, crowding her off the couch. While they dissected each call, she sat apart sipping the wine she brought along for their dinner date and ate some pizza.

After his friends left, Mark asked her to stay over. The snoring from the living room informed her he fell asleep on the couch while she undressed.

Getting ready to leave (and not return), Beverly put her watch back on, wondering where the time had gone.

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To read other Friday Fictioneer stories based on this photo, select the smiley blue frog. There are 15 stories already posted as I create this post Wednesday morning (and schedule it for Friday morning).

Sometimes when I write a story, I start at the end. When I looked at this photo, the line “she put her watch back on” came to me and that’s where I started for this week’s story.

Out of Sorts: Fiction Friday

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

FF 139 Jellico's Stationhouse

Photo copyright Jellico’s Stationhouse

Out of Sorts

Merv had felt out of sorts for days. Not feeling himself, as his grandfather would have said. He tried to laugh it off. “Well,” he mused, “if I’m not myself, who is?”

Sometimes he thought someone was following him but anytime he turned around to look, no one was there. Still, he couldn’t quite shake the feeling he was being watched.

As Merv left the pub to pedal home, his silhouette waited only a moment before mounting its own shadowy bicycle to follow, knowing there was nothing Merv could have done to prevent the outcome of their last ride together.

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As I schedule this story to post Friday morning, there are already 48 stories linked to the main page. To read other Friday Fictioneer stories based on this photo, select the smiley blue frog.

This Younger Generation: Fiction Friday

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

FF 137 J Hardy Carroll

Photo copyright J Hardy Carroll

This Younger Generation

As the front door creaked open, all the ghosts flew to the attic. Nobody had been to the manor in more than a decade.

Marmaduke, the oldest, took command. “Horatio, see who it is.”

“Not dressed like this,” he replied, ashamed of his ragged attire from being run over by a horse-drawn carriage during a thunderstorm.

Celeste sobbed, causing blood to drip from the knife in her back. “Why can’t they just stay away?”

The ghosts huddled in a corner, avoiding Marmaduke’s gaze. If I weren’t already dead, he sighed heavily, this younger generation would be the death of me.

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


Disputed Territory: Fiction Friday

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

Photo copyright Shaktiki Sharma

Photo copyright Shaktiki Sharma

Disputed Territory

Cats are so transparent, the Loggerhead Shrike mused. The feline tail twirled back and forth as it was sneaking up on the grasshopper. At the bottom of the post, Cat got ready to pounce. Timing is everything, Shrike thought as it dove down, snatching up the grasshopper in its beak.

Cat jumped up, swiping its paw at the now empty post. “Hey! That’s mine!” Cat objected.

“Don’t think so.” Shrike impaled the grasshopper on a nail protruding from the porch.

Deciding it never really wanted the grasshopper anyway, Cat started licking its paws, silently making plans for revenge. Next time . . .

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