Fiction Friday: The Gift Shop

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

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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.

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