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Friday Fictioneers in 100 Words

Write a story 100 words or less based on the photo prompt. Not so easy as you think. I am hoping it will hone my literary fiction skills, which are poor at best.

So here is my first contribution.

He seemed so kind. Like he was the one.

The rose, a spontaneous gift, accompanied by a tender kiss goodnight. A night of stimulating, intellectual conversation, of excitement, of feeling so utterly comfortable with a man she’d serendipitously bumped into at the book festival. Until now, she’d not found any teenage guys who loved reading books.

She’d waited all day for 3pm. The time he said he’d call when his work was finished for the day.

By 3.45pm, she had serious doubts and by 5pm, she‘d given up.

Another lonely Friday night with only her favourite authors for company.

Join in with Rochelle’s challenge to write a story in 100 words or less

65 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers in 100 Words”

    1. I feel sure the girl might remember the more pleasant feelings they ignited in her, but retain the lesson about not being overly optimistic! He set a high precedent but failed to follow through didn’t he? Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

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    1. Indeed, James. I made a point of saying they were only teens with much to learn about love, responsibility and life. Thanks so much for your comment and visit. Have you been writing stories for Friday Fictioneers, for some time?

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    1. Books can be wonderful learning tools as well as good company. Wasn’t there a saying about that. With a book, you are never alone or such like? I am not good at remembering sayings, even though I adore their wisdom.

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    1. I think we have all had that experience in one way or another, Zazzy. It is highly relatable to most of us be it a friend or family. I have forgotten I promised to ring someone myself, too. But a new beau is harder to reconciling one’s head, particularly if they seemed as enamoured with the girl as this guy was. Still, she had her books!

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    1. Indeed, Bill. Safe to say he is not wanting to further the relationship or had second thoughts. It was sad for her, but she was at least realistic about the prospects. Thank you for the visit to my blog. My writing focus has been on non fictional or anecdotes, so I would like to develop my fiction writing skills more. Is fiction your preferred genre?

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      1. Thanks for asking. I try to tell a good story.

        I consider myself a poet first, and essayist second, and I lean hard toward memoir (reading and writing).

        I like to write stories and I like (Pat Conroy, for example) autobiographical fiction.
        I like to write things out of my lane (fiction, Sci-fi, Erotica, fantasy, etc.) for the challenge.

        But I am a true blue lover of writing and reading non-fiction.

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        1. Ah, a mutual non-fiction, poetic essayist who loves memoir. Great to meet you and what a combination! I used to write poetry as well but gave it away as I want to stick to essays, articles, stories now, hoping to improve those areas of my writing. You say true blue, are you also from Australia?

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          1. Nope. I’m a Yank. A Texan at that (but not born here). I have one Australian friend (also Texan now for some years).
            My problem is that so much looks like a poem to me. Essay work is harder, but I think hold more value. 🙂 Nice to meet you too.
            The closest I’ve been to Scandinavia/northern Europe is Belgium.

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            1. Everythings is a poem. You sound more Australian by the minute like one of our bush poets. And here I was thinking Australians had a monopoly on ‘true blue,’phrase. It must be said in USA too?
              I have not been to Belgium, nor Texas but I do have a blogger friend in Texas! The internet makes the world smaller and more convoluted!

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            2. There are many words and phrases unique to countries and geographic locations even though we all (allegedly) speak the same language. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Janis. Your lovely comment means a lot! The fact that we have a name for the action indicates how often it happens to young folk. But it is better to know earlier than later that the guy isn’t very reliable.

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    1. I think you are correct there. If they can’t follow through with a promise on Day 2, even to say that they had second thoughts, what hope is there in terms of relationship equity! However, they both were only teens! Thanks for your comment.

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    1. A good book never disappoints, indeed you are right, Brenda. It is a bit of a sad story, but a very common one in the teen years. She may be better off without someone who stands her up even if it was just a promise of a phone call. Thanks for your visit and lovely comment.

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  1. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, Forestwood. I like your story. The phrase, ‘a spontaneous gift’ is a good way of emphasizing the nature of the encounter the two youngsters were enjoying.

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    1. Dear Amanda,

      Slaps forehead again. Oy. In the midst of a busy weekend and trying to get to all the stories, I managed to totally confuse myself. There’s a new writer named Angela. With two A names I totally confused myself. So if you’re now as confused as I am, I apologize but the welcome stands. 😉

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  2. A painful experience for her, but, as you say, she’s young, and hopefully she’ll be more guarded in her expectations next time. Nicely told, and I’ll add my welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

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  3. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! What a great first story. Youth and first “love” is never easy, is it? She’ll learn to separate the fakes from the reals 🙂

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  4. I hope he’s ok! Reminds me of that Beatles song, “Don’t Pass Me By,” when it is revealed that he’d been in a car crash. If not, better she find out now that he’s a jerk… Good story and welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

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