Friday Fictioneers: Pushing the Barrier

This is my entry for this week’s Friday Fictioneers Challenge run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s picture prompt was provided by Dee Lovering. The challenge is to write a story within 100 words.

Photo Prompt: © Dee Lovering
Photo Prompt: © Dee Lovering

Pushing the Barrier

It was busier than she’d expected. She hoped the clouds would open, sending everyone scurrying home but… no luck so far.

How on Earth had Carl talked her into this?

She gazed over the sea of people, clutching the bulky case to her chest. She could leave. She didn’t have to go through with it.

“Well?” Carl whispered in her ear. His presence gave her strength, his belief in her abilities. This was her dream – she just had to get past the barrier of nerves.

With guitar case open on the pavement before her, fingers caressed strings.

And she sang.

Word Count: 100

Although I couldn’t spot one – and I spent a fair while searching – I’m sure there must be a busker in that crowd of people somewhere!

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36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Pushing the Barrier

  1. Awww, such a beautiful ending which I totally wasn’t expecting. I love how you steadily built up the suspense, and the ending did NOT disappoint. 🙂

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    1. My first thoughts when I saw the picture was either spy or terrorist but, with my FFfAW story being quite dark, I decided I wanted a slightly lighter one for this prompt. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂


    1. Thank you! My first thoughts when I saw the prompt were of spies and terrorists. Hopefully some hints of that were retained in the build-up. After the darkness of my previous story, I knew I wanted something a little lighter for this one. 🙂


  2. Great story and the well written too. The tension was also built up good and her uneasiness came across.
    Props to anyone who can do this and that is one way to conquer fear.

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  3. This was lovely. It takes tremendous courage to stand in the middle of a crowd of strangers and sing. I couldn’t do it.

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