Childhood Joys

Imogen's hands shook as she brushed the gathered debris away from the miniature village, her reeling emotions slow to calm. She righted a fallen bench and straightened a leaning signpost. Despite her best efforts, a clinging miasma of neglect remained. The place felt... empty.

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A Letter from the Past

A Letter from the Past Emmaline hummed softly as she lifted the bundle of pages from the shelf, instinctively weaving magic to ensure the fragile sheets remained intact as she transferred them to the desk. Dust puthered in the air. She turned her face into her cowl, avoiding breathing in the muck with practiced ease.... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Time to Leave

Time to Leave The boats were full, despite the lateness of the day. Ingrid paused, her foot poised on the gangplank as she looked back at the town. Her throat tightened as tears threatened to fall. How could she leave? The place was central to all of her memories: she'd married Jimmy in the church on the market place;... Continue Reading →

WPC: Anticipation

Anticipation clings to the air as the engine, wreathed in puthering smoke and steam, pulls steadily closer to the station. The gathered crowd jostles for position, each individual determined to find the best position available. Voices chatter excitedly, a thrum of excitement carrying along the packed platform. You strain your ears to hear the familiar huff and... Continue Reading →

TLT: The Sands of Time

This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales challenge. The Sands of Time The sand flows steadily on: seconds, minutes, hours... building into days, weeks, years... Memories of childhood joy lies smothered beneath arid desert. Still, enough time remains to build sandcastles before the glass turns once more.

TLT: Quiet Companionship

This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales.  This week I've shamelessly interpreted that as three sentences - three lines was just not enough! Quiet Companionship Each evening she adds another word to the game, aged fingers curling around worn tiles, placing them with precision reminiscent of misplaced youth. The empty house echoes with memories of good-natured... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Creations Studio

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy.  The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week's prompt was provided by Uday . Thank you Uday! Creations Studio The moment Tessa saw the strange doorway her world shifted out of... Continue Reading →

SPF: Memento

This story is in response to the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Alistair Forbes, that asks that you write a story / poem of around 200 words using the photo as a guide. Memento She'd always wondered what was kept in the garage. Frances clutched the key to her chest, curiosity battling with trepidation as she stood before the... Continue Reading →

SPF: Master of the Storm

This story is in response to the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Alistair Forbes, that asks that you write a story / poem of around 200 words using the photo as a guide. Master of the Storm Gerent closed his eyes, his head thrown back and arms cast wide as the buffeting wind swirled around him. Rain drenched him... Continue Reading →

TLT: The Game

The Game They laugh as they play their game, ruthless ambition hidden behind genial smiles as they move counters with calculated precision. Bank balances keep score: vast accumulated wealth the desired pinnacle. On the city streets below the people scurry through their daily lives, unwitting pieces in a cutthroat contest. This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales challenge.

TLT: The Eternal Library

This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tale Challenge, that asks us to write three lines in response to the photo prompt. She wandered in a dream-like haze, unaware of time's passage. The sights and scents of paper and ink filled her senses. Occasionally a text would beckon and she'd digest every word before moving on. If this was eternity, she was... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Breaking the Silence

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy.  The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week's prompt is from Pixabay. Breaking the Silence Edan's steps faltered, halting his furtive progress as faint strains of music reached his... Continue Reading →

FFftPP: Faded Calligraphy

This post is for Roger Shipp's Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner challenge. For this challenge we are given a photo prompt and an optional opening line / prompt sentence. This week's prompt line is “There it was. You could see the corner of the folded yellowed parchment sticking out of the torn lining of the battered book.” I've not used the... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Solitude’s Isle

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy.  The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week's prompt was provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ! Solitude's Isle He watched from the clifftop as she meandered along... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Gifts

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy.  The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week's prompt was provided by Ady. Thank you Ady! Gifts “Thompson here yet?” Billy jumped, squawking in surprise at the sound... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Worth the Risk

This post is for both the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy and last week's Tale Weaver prompt from MindLoveMisery's Menagerie.  The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. The Tale Weaver prompt is the sending of an SOS. I hope you like it. Worth the... Continue Reading →

FFftPP: The Long Search

This post is for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner challenge, run by Roger Shipp. This challenge asks that you write a story of up to 200 words in response to the photo prompt and an optional opening sentence. This week's sentence is: “The last time, everything fit in three duffles…”  I'm afraid I forgot to include it this time. Oops! The Long Search... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: To Follow the Sun

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week's photo prompt is from Sonya. Thank you, Sonya! The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it. To Follow the Sun Sometimes Meredith wondered whether the... Continue Reading →

FFftPP: Defining Footsteps

This post is for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner run by Roger Shipp. This challenge asks that you write a story of up to 200 words in response to the photo prompt and the optional opening sentence. I've included the opening sentence in italics. Defining Footsteps Enough is enough. Jarred stomped down the path, his... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Passing Storm

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week's photo prompt was provided by me! Thank you PJ for choosing it. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like my offering. Passing Storm Eahlwyn stumbled... Continue Reading →

MWC: Beautiful Dawn

This post is for the Miniature Writing Challenge run by An Artist At Heart. This challenge gives a picture and  a short story prompt and asks that you write either a mini short story (50 – 150 words), a tiny poem or a haiku (3 lines, 17 syllables). To read the full rules, go here. The short story... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Silent Companion

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week's photo prompt is from Pixabay. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it. Silent Companion “You see, Eric,” Martha explained, placing a new slide under... Continue Reading →

Six on the Sixth: January

This post is for Adam Icke's Six on the Sixth Challenge - six six word stories - one for each of the six prompts. Each one stands alone from the rest.  Wrong Unease gripped her. Something was gone. Cap Twisted hat lay discarded: apology refused. Splendid Confidence shone: she owned the stage. Cantankerous "Approach," he growled... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Tubby

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the picture prompt below which this week was provided by me. I hope you like it. Tubby Tubby liked to watch the people as they ambled by;... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: The Gathering

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. After being absent for the whole of November with NaNo I couldn't resist diving back in - I've missed the community on the challenge too much not to! This week's photo prompt was from pixabay. The challenge is that you... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Flutterby

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week's photo prompt was provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ!  The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it. Flutterby Sometimes she forgot that the world kept... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: A Place of Safety

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week's photo prompt was provided by Sonya O. Thank you Sonya!  The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it. A Place of Safety They huddled together... Continue Reading →

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