Copyright–Douglas M. Macilroy

Here we are this week, gathered in the virtual insect house of the town zoo. This was Doug Macilroy’s idea. The spiders have just been fed. Good thing we’ve already eaten lunch. We’re here to discuss our original stories for Friday Fictioneers. Our gracious and talented hostess for this gathering is author and artist Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The weekly challenge for this group is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Douglas M. Macilroy. Thanks again Doug. Happy Holidays to all!

The link for all other stories is as follows:

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Word Count:  100 Words


Beth felt trapped. When she married him, Greg was sweet. His parents expected a lot from him, and he made them proud. He strived and became successful.

Added duties of his company job in Client Relations meant entertaining new clients. This included cocktail parties.

Beth found alcohol made him mean. Physical abuse to her, savage slaps and punches, began and escalated. Injured, she worried about their two children. Her parents were scared as well.

Finally, a concerned friend suggested she and the children go to a shelter. Trembling, she rapidly packed one afternoon, and her friend took them to safety.


29 thoughts on “TRAPPED

  1. A nicely paced piece of fiction. You managed to fit in quite a bit in so very few words. The shelter took me by surprise at the end a little. As Doug indicated, I was all geared up for a poisoning or some other brutal ending!!!


    • Thanks M. That idea just came to me when I saw the insect caught in the web. I also thought it would be more interesting than just commenting on the spider and victim. I’m so pleased you liked the story. Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • Thanks Noelle. I’m so pleased you liked the story. That photo was taken by one of the writers in our Friday Fictioneer group, Doug Macilroy. He lives in Hawaii and saw the spider and cockroach on a web between the legs of his telescope’s tripod. He hurried to get his iPod and took the photo. He then sent it into the blog to be used as a future photo prompt. 🙂 — Suzanne


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