Hunting Season

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

We watch each other in this sanctuary, this quail and I, prisoners of lives into which we were born.

The bird is free to fly away, to go where he pleases. But he has surely heard the gun fire, watched his flock plummet to the ground a split second later.

But he flew faster. He’s safe here. For now.

I’ve seen my family taken, too. They hunted us—sent my parents back to a country they escaped a decade ago—put my sister in a “tent city.”

But I ran faster. I’m safe here. For now.

THE END
96 Words

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt. 

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Blue Eyes

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

My wife clutches my arm. “Look! There’s Maddie!” She points into the Great Hall from the balustrade, her eyes firing bolts of desperation.

Maddie.

The word steals a beat of my heart, even ten years later. “Where?” I ask, ninety-nine percent obliging, one percent hopeful.

“In the blue blouse.” She leaves me and chases down the stairway. “Hurry! They’re headed out the door!”

The night our daughter was taken, dark despair devoured the light in Kate’s blue eyes. Dare I admit it? I miss the peace I once found in those eyes—almost as much as I miss Maddie.

The End
99 Words

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt. Thanks to Roger Bultot for the photo. Beautiful as the Great Hall is, I couldn’t help but look into the crowd for inspiration.

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Digging for Treasure

PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer

He’s doing it again—digging for the diamond ring that plopped out of his hand the night he proposed in the middle of a cornfield.

“Honey, just give up.” I hand him a glass of lemonade.

“Never.”

Two hours later, he runs into the kitchen, smiling huge through sweat and tears.

My heart skips a beat. “You find it?”

“Nope. But I realized something.”

“What?”

“Forty years ago, that ring became a seed that grew into something more precious than any diamond could ever be. Us. I think I best leave it be.”

His kiss is sweet and salty.

THE END
99 Words

This story is inspired by the marriage of Connie and Russell Gayer. They are funny, loving, dedicated, committed and loyal, even after decades together. Their marriage is truly a treasure and an inspiration in more ways than one!

Thank you too, to our Friday Fictioneers leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. As I’ve said to you many times before, you, too, are an inspiration!

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Two Green Hearts

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

One co-worker gawks. “That’s your anniversary present?”

Another snickers. “How many years did you say you’ve been married?”

“Fifteen,” I answer, admittedly a bit embarrassed. I open the card from my husband.

The beauty of roses
fades with time
But two hearts still green,
Will grow and climb
While love, like ivy, wraps around us
I can’t think of a rhyme, so instead I’ll just
Move on to Crystal and what it means
Our love still sparkles, even at fifteen,
Multi-faceted, and I have a hunch
It’ll always hold a delightful punch.

Even the gawker swoons.

THE END

I am NOT a poet. 🙂 Still, it was fun to come up with something for Rochelle’s interesting and challenging photo prompt. Click the “froggy” button to read more creative stories on this week’s prompt by multi-faceted, multi-talented Friday Fictioneers.

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Conqueror

PHOTO PROMPT submitted by Courtney Wright. © Photographer prefers to remain anonymous.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
                                                                      ~ Marilyn Monroe

When I was a little girl, I used to clomp around in my mother’s black patent-leather high-heeled shoes and imagine I could conquer the world!

Decades later, my campfire flickers light on old, worn boots that have carried me all over the world. I rub muscle cramps from my calloused feet. That little girl conqueror in high-heels used to call them Charlie Horses.

This old woman didn’t conquer the world. I lost myself to it.

And conquered myself instead.

THE END

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt.

And thanks for the photo prompt, Courtney Wright! Oh the places those boots must have seen! 🙂

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