Peine forte et dure – Friday Fictioneers

It’s Friday Fictioneers time! The challenge is to write 100 words based on a weekly photo prompt chosen by our host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Check out her blog for more information by clicking here. Thank you to all who take the time to read, like or comment.

2016-11-25

PHOTO PROMPT © CEayr

Peine forte et dure

“It leads to hell,” they hiss accusingly. “It should have been burned after the execution.”

“It will serve as a warning to others but it must be painted gaily and surrounded by beauty, to keep the devil at bay.” My ominous tone appeases them, those superstitious fools who killed my love.

“Witch! Name your consorts!” they had demanded, lowering the door onto her naked body.

She refused to denounce me, even as they added the rocks which smothered her final breath.

Now she has a shrine.

Do not fear the door. It leads nowhere. Hell is here.

Encore – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Check out her blog for more information by clicking here. The challenge is to write 100 words based on a weekly photo prompt. Thank you to all who take the time to read, like or comment.

2016-11-18

PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg

Encore

He hadn’t been good enough. That was how he comforted himself.

The truth was he hadn’t tried hard enough. And that was harder to take. It had become a recurring theme: giving up when things get difficult.

The vinyl crackled like kindling before Tchaikovsky’s score ignited and roared into life. He drew a calming breath, feeling the reassuring spring of the stage beneath his feet and the intense heat of innumerable lights burning down with expectation.

He only danced in his dreams. The apologetic clunk and whir of the retreating turntable arm repeatedly failed to mask the absence of applause.

Love Letter – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Check out her blog for more information by clicking here. The challenge is to write 100 words based on a weekly photo prompt. Thank you to all who take the time to read, like or comment.

2016-11-11

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Love Letter

I miss you every day.

Did I take you for granted or was my fear of losing you just too strong? If I had you back would I be different? Would I hold you, cherish you, do whatever it takes to keep you? Perhaps. But I know myself too well.

I know that you are out there, somewhere. I see you in brightly coloured buildings, hear you in the laughter of playing children, and smell you in meals shared between families and friends.

So I brace myself against your absence, hoping that you return to illuminate my existence once again.

The Trading Post – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Check out her blog for more information by clicking here. The challenge is to write 100 words based on a weekly photo prompt. Thank you to all who take the time to read, like or comment.

2016-11-04

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

The Trading Post

The Trading Post.

Take what you need.
Leave something of yourself.

Antiques. Beads. Jewelry.

The spelling jarred against my English upbringing.

Why am I always so uptight? I made a mental note to conduct a ceremonial burning of the self-help book I had been reading: Travel and Meditation for the New You. It clearly wasn’t working.

“I need a new life,” I said to the proprietor, a woman whose age was difficult to determine.

“And what can you trade?”

“My old one.”

Her smile was sharp and white.

“The roof tiles need fixing. Let’s start there.”