Fiction Friday: The Gift Shop

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


Friday Fictioneer photo prompt. Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Friday Fictioneer photo prompt. Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Walking to an interview, Barb’s nose started to bleed. “Sit, sit,” she heard, as someone grabbed her elbow, guiding her to a chair in a gift shop. She looked up; an old Korean man offered her a towel.

Soon, the bleeding stopped. The man put a silk scarf in her hands. “You take, bring back,” he insisted. It completely hid the stains on her blouse.

Retracing her steps after the interview, Barb stood over her own dried blood on the sidewalk, from earlier. Only no gift shop was there. She touched the scarf, in silent wonder.


Eyed Click Beetle

Look what I found in our yard. I had never seen one before (a mystery!), so it took me a few minutes to find it on the Internet. I started out searching for “black and white caterpillars” but that wasn’t even close. Next I tried “black and white insects in central Texas.” Turns out there are a ton of those. The last one did the trick: “black and white insects with eyes on top.” And voilà! An Eyed Click Beetle. I’m glad it didn’t do its click and back flip while I was photographing it. And, of course, those aren’t eyes on top.

An Eyed Click Beetle

An Eyed Click Beetle

Valentine’s Gift

For Valentine’s Day, hubby and I gave each other half of a gift. Here it is, waiting to be installed.

Cattle guard waiting to be installed

Our gift to each other, before installation

Here’s where it’s going to go.

Cattle Guard installation site

Installation site

Here it is installed, our very own cattle guard. So romantic, don’t you think?

Cattle guard installed


I must tell you, I was raised in the city, so I don’t know all there is about country living. One thing I don’t know is why there is a clipboard on the cattle guard fence. I had no idea cattle guards came with clipboards. And I still don’t know why. It’s a mystery.

Clipboard on the metal fence

Cattle Guard Clipboard. No extra charge.