THE VINE-COVERED STAIRWAY

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Here we all are again for another week. Today we’re gathered near a virtual old vine-covered stairway. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, RochelleΒ Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to each write an original 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 Amy Reese. Thanks, Amy.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/15-january-2016/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE VINE-COVERED STAIRWAYΒ By P.S. Joshi

Twelve-year-old Sarah was visiting her grandmother in the summer of 1967 and was bored.

Her grandmother gave permission to walk through the village, but not to go near the old estate on the edge as it was dilapidated and dangerous.

Sarah entered the village and saw the estate wall with a vine-covered stairway going to the top. It looked safe so she started to climb. It was sweltering, she felt dizzy, but finally reached the top.

Was her imagination tricking her? Stretching before her was a vast green meadow with a castle in the distance. She was in medieval dress.

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63 thoughts on “THE VINE-COVERED STAIRWAY

    • Thanks, Bjorn. You’re most welcome for the link to the images. I’m so pleased you liked the story so much. I think she’ll get back down the stairway. Perhaps as in other stories, not much time will have actually passed. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Susan. I’m so glad you liked the story. You’re most welcome for the Library link. I think it’ll be really helpful to everyone, especially writers who are always looking for pictures to use for stories. I hope your daughter’s feeling better. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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      • She really isn’t but they switched her antidepressant and that takes at least 3 weeks to kick in. She has less suicidal thoughts though, Thank God. We are just taking it a day at a time. πŸ™‚

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      • That’s all that can be done for now I’m guessing. At least, she’s getting the help she needs. Sadly there are so many people who don’t. Friends and relatives don’t see the signs. I’ll continue to pray for her. — Suzanne

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  1. Nothing like a curious stairway to open the imagination.
    Story transitioned well to the ending – it can stand as it is or travel on to a longer form ( I can see how you might lean towards humor) Well done.
    Enjoyed touring your blog (and the link) Sounds like an interesting writing challenge.

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    • Thanks, Vinay. Probably for the time being the estate has closed off, but I’m sure she’ll find a way back when she’s ready. I’m also sure she’ll enjoy her time in the kingdom. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Russell. I don’t think there’s a giant involved. In a fairy tale, though, we’re never quite sure. Perhaps, if there is one, he’s a friendly giant. Now a dragon is a different matter. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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  2. I love it, a portal to a fairy world. And I suspect grandma wanted her to go there and have a good time. Why else would she tell a teenage girl NOT to go there. That’s basically a guarantee that she’ll do it. Great fun.

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    • Thanks, Gah. I’m so happy you loved the story. I suspect you’re right. The grandma knew if she said not to that the girl couldn’t resist going there. Perhaps Grandma had gone there when she was a girl. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Diana. I would guess she’ll be able to get back some way, through the meadow or somewhere else. Probably she’d have some difficulty though or it wouldn’t be much of an adventure. I’m so glad you liked the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Perry. You never know. There might be portals to those magical lands many places. I’ve often wondered where some of the socks disappear to. I would hope you don’t end up in a dress. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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  3. Sorry I’m a sweet fairy tale, Suzanne! Imagine, all that time: there it was… love that Sarah is adventurous and thinks for herself! Sorry, I’m late this week. Usually get time on Sundays, but with time difference, everything is off! :-p Lovely story!

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  4. Thanks, Dawn. I’m sometimes late too so don’t worry about it. I’m so pleased you liked the story. I’m behind in reading stories and emails as there was a 2-day marathon of Downton Abbey episodes I hadn’t seen. I watched them all and got very little done. That series is addictive. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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