Back alley-Jan Marler Morrill

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Here we are for another week. Today we’ve gathered near a virtual alley in a virtual city. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious author 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 not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is another repeat requested by Sandra Crook and supplied by Jan Marler Morrill. Thanks, Sandra, and Jan.

To read the other stories by the group members, 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

THE ALLEY by P.S. Joshi

Doris’s husband was in his late seventies, ten years older than her. She worried about him. He insisted on taking a shortcut through an alley in the city and wouldn’t listen.

She was afraid she’d get a call from the police some night telling her his body had been found in that alley with his wallet gone. Even a friend had warned him.

One night she got a call from the police.

“Mrs. Moore, we found…”

Here it comes, she thought. I don’t want to hear.

“…your husband’s wallet in an alley. He must have dropped it.”




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45 thoughts on “THE ALLEY

    • Thanks, Diana. I’m so pleased you liked the story. I’m glad your husband got his wallet back. My husband used to carry his ATM card in a special inside pocket in his trousers. I saw one day that he thought he was putting the card there and instead he missed the pocket and the card traveled the length of his pant leg to the ground. Good thing I was standing there and saw it happen. He missed the inside of the bag he carried his umbrella in but I wasn’t there and he lost it. The umbrella must have fallen on the ground. Someone gained one. He used to walk down an alley but nothing happened to him. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  1. I lost my wallet once. When I got it back the cash had been drained, but at least I got my driver’s license and social security card back. I didn’t have any credit cards in those days.

    And–you don’t have to be old to get mugged.

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    • Thanks, Russell. I lost a wallet once also. The cash was missing when I got it back, but I also got back pictures and all my cards including credit cards. It was probably kids who just wanted quick money. I know you don’t have to be old to get mugged, but it makes it easier. 🙂 — Suzanne


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    • Thanks, Margaret. I’m happy you enjoyed the story and I made the characters realistic. It was based on reality, but my husband never had a problem in that alley. I still used to warn him, though. It wasn’t safe. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Liz. I’m so pleased you liked the story and it rang true. My husband was and is forgetful. The story was based on fact although my husband never had trouble in that alley. I used to warn his as it wasn’t really safe. 🙂 — Suzanne


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