Abandoned building--J. Hardy Carroll

Photo Copyright: J. Hardy Carroll

Here we all are for another week. Today we’re standing near a virtual abandoned building. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to 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 J. Hardy Carroll. Thanks, J. Hardy.

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:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

IT’S HOME by P.S. Joshi

Frank eased himself down against the rough brick interior of the old burned-out building, once the Bridwell Shoe Company.

“One of these days I’ve got to find me a better home.” He’d been talking to himself for years now.

A large rat scurried by near his feet. “Durn pests,” he mumbled.

Carefully he took a newspaper-wrapped package from his pocket. He unfolded the paper slowly revealing a half-eaten sandwich.

“This restaurant food is good,”–He took a small bite.–“Can’t be more than a day old.”

He glanced around the bare brick. “Well, this is shelter anyway. Keeps off rain.”




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55 thoughts on “IT’S HOME

    • Thanks, Chris. I’ll come over and read your story. I don’t know what’s wrong now with my contact info. I’ll give it to you again and check out my info on the FF page. Thanks. I’m so pleased you liked the story. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Sandra. I feel the same way. It seems some homeless people are too proud or too scared to seek help. I’ve read some have mental problems and hospitals for the mentally ill won’t keep them any longer. Sadly their families don’t want them either. It’s really sad. I’m so pleased you liked the story. —– Suzanne


  1. Great descriptions… I can almost picture him there. Perhaps he is a disenfranchised veteran living homeless. Maybe he’s a Ivy league professor out of work. Or, maybe he’s the CEO of the now defunct shoe factory, so loyal to the company that even now, he cannot leave it. So many possibilities! πŸ™‚ Enjoyed this one.


    • Thanks, Tracey. Hopefully, his lot will improve. He’s one of those people who wants freedom and is getting older. I think he realizes he can’t go on like that forever. He just hates to finally give in to the need for help. I’m so pleased you like the stories I write. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Ansumani. I’m so glad you liked the story, my descriptions. Sadly, there are too many of these poor people. Some wish they’d just disappear, but that isn’t going to happen. —– Suzanne


    • Thanks, Plaridel. His positive attitude is a somewhat brighter side, but he’s getting older and will need to ask for help one day soon. He isn’t eating properly and rough living takes a toll. I’m glad you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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  2. This is a great story, Suzanne. With his hope and acceptance of so little in life you show us how silly we are by always wanting more, more, more.


  3. My wife used to work as a gardener at the city park. A lot of homeless people hang out in that area. Many are mentally challenged and do talk to themselves. It’s terribly sad that in many cases their families have given up on them and turned them out to fend for themselves. You captured it brilliantly.


    • Thanks, Russell. I know about mental facilities in the U.S. because someone I know was in one. The relative who put him there had to because he was unmanageable at home. This relative had to keep pleading for them to keep him longer. The relative had to work and there was no one at home to look after him. He was judged by doctors at the hospital to be a danger to himself and others. Those hospitals are so overcrowded these days they just turn people out. I read that there are also cases where the relatives don’t know where the homeless family member is. The problem is, no one in the cities cares enough to identify them unless they commit some crime. They just wander. It’s a modern-day tragedy. —- Suzanne


  4. Well done Suzanne, you captured something very essential about the daily struggle. Why we all should be grateful for even the little we have and be humble enough to ask for help.


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