Idyll

Plymouth Rock

Rochelle sets us a one hundred word, flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, each week.  Why not give it a try?

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Jim had everything set: the perfect retirement home on the beach, beautiful scenery, idyllic setting. He knew getting Carrie there would be a challenge; all of her phobias and hang-up impinging. She wouldn’t fly and boats terrified her, but she agreed to take the sedatives and go for it. But Jim was delayed, so Carrie had to travel alone.

The pink house was empty. Jim searched but Carrie was nowhere to be found. She hadn’t got on the plane. Their old house was sold. No-one back home had seen her. Friends and family couldn’t help. Where should he retire now? (100)

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Squawk

Plymouth Rock

Rochelle sets us a one hundred word, flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, each week.  Why not give it a try?

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I’m on the left and I’m laughing hard, uncontrollably, at the seagulls, as they circle the cliff. Their every swoop and squawk makes me laugh more. The man sat to the right of me isn’t laughing. He has a face like thunder. I don’t think he likes seagulls much.
Our deck chairs face the cliff, pink house and sailing boat. The sun is setting behind us, throwing our shadows at the cliff.
I need to visit the house. But when I get back, I’m on the right, and the man is laughing. Is my face like thunder? (97)

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Lost

Plymouth Rock

Rochelle sets us a one hundred word, flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, each week.  Why not give it a try?

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In a moment, Jack was on his feet, his chair rattling across the floor; yelling and pointing threateningly at Professor Childs, eyes wild with rage, spitting venom.
“You can’t say that. Columbus did NOT discover America. There were already people living here. If I stole your home, killed you, raped your wife, sold your children into slavery, would I have discovered it? No!”
Childs looked stunned.
Angela’s gentle hands hugged Jack’s shoulders from behind; soothing.
“Calm down Jack. That’s not what he meant. It’s OK. Come on, calm down now. That battle is already lost.” (95)

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Hole

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Rochelle organises the Friday Fiction one hundred word competition, prompted by a photo, each week:

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After a spate of nasty traffic accidents and two motorcyclists killed, Lincolnshire police caught the culprits red-handed. Their modus operandi was actually quite clever. They had a Transit van with a large hole sawn out of the floor and a small hoist suspended inside the roof. It was so easy to park over a drain cover and lift it into the van without being seen. Twenty-five pounds scrap value for spheroidal graphite iron. They could have cleared the entire county of drain covers, had they not got the wheel of the van stuck down the hole. (97)

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Sham

drain

Rochelle organises the Friday Fiction one hundred word competition, prompted by a photo, each week:

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Sham:

“Are you deliberately missing the point? I am not saying that I approve of the killing. You know that I am a pacifist. I don’t approve of killing by any means or for any cause. I am saying that we need to be careful who we identify as our allies and our enemies.”
“You can’t seriously suggest ISIS are our allies.”
“No, of course not. I’m saying that declaring support for France, because it has suffered at their hands, is misguided. The West, France included, has been wreaking havoc in the Middle East for decades. We’ve installed tin-pot dictators, supported despots, bombed and killed in pursuit of control and resources, with little or no regard for the fortunes of the populace. A backlash was and is inevitable.”
“The people who died on Friday are not to blame for all of that.”
“Really? Then who is? The victims lived in a democracy; are responsible for the activities of their government.”
“No, you can’t say that.”
“Then I say democracy is a sham and the whole fiasco belongs down the drain.”

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Paris

This piece says it better than I ever could:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/13/the-age-of-despair-reaping-the-whirlwind-of-western-support-for-extremist-violence/

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Searching

Rochelle set us a one hundred word flash fiction theme, prompted by a photo, each week.  Why not give it a try?

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graves

Jenny Murray spotted the stranger sitting on the gravestone, sobbing. Jenny and Martha went over to find out what was awry. He could hardly speak between the sobs: his heart was breaking.
“My daughter, Anna, I can’t find her anywhere.”
Soon there was a small crowd of churchgoers gathered around him, trying to offer solace, clucking and cooing; whilst another group wandered up and down the lane, searching and calling out to Anna.
Jenny asked “When did you last see her?”.
Still weeping, he answered “Nineteenth of August, 1972”. (89)

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