Copyright–Jan Wayne Fields

 We’ve gathered together today in a small virtual restaurant in the suburb of a large city. Our hostess is gracious and talented author and artist Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the week as the Friday Fictioneers. The challenge for this group is for each of us 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 Jan Wayne Fields. Thanks again Jan. The link for all other stories is as follows. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box:

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Word Count:  100 Words


John had been laid off from his job at a restaurant downtown. Not one to give up, he took savings, rented space in a building, bought supplies, hired staff, and started his own restaurant.

The grand opening was scheduled for today. Everything depended on this business being a success. His wife was afraid. but tried not to show it. She was expecting their first child in several months.

He stood and looked out on the courtyard in back, waiting for the first customers. “This has to work,” he thought.

The front door opened and customers entered. “Table for four, please.”


58 thoughts on “NEW BEGINNINGS

  1. Lay-offs can often be a blessing in disguise. Looks like John will succeed!
    PS. (Minor crit) Remove period in the sentence “His wife was afraid but tried not to show it.”


  2. As we’re facing a new beginning during this year, your story struck a chord with me. So glad it had a happy ending. Hopefully ours will as well. But you did a great job conveying the tension and concern.



  3. I love this take on the prompt… so many families face similar situations in today’s economy, and this is easy to relate to. I love their resourcefulness most of all… I bet their restaurant will be a smashing success!


  4. I love your take on this one, Suzanne. It’s very original and hopeful. We see kind of sad picture that could be filled with fear, but you have painted a new possibilities with your story. Nicely done!


    • Thanks Amy. I’m so glad you liked the story. I just love happy endings and thought he deserved one. Thanks for the encouragement. Sorry it took so long for me to answer you comment. I had computer problems. 🙂 — Suzanne


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