Photo Copyright: Ted Strutz

NOTE: My contest-winning short story was published this month in CQ Magazine. However, they’ve begun charging for subscriptions. I won’t ask anyone to buy a copy. I’ll certainly understand if you don’t. If you want to, the link is as follows:

Here we all are gathered for another week. Today we’re along a country river where one chair is sitting for some reason. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the week. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a 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 was provided by Ted Strutz. Thanks, Ted.

To read the other stories by 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


There’d been floods before in Illinois but never like this. When the Colters returned from the shelter they could hardly believe it.

Instead of the village of Martinsville there was a mud plain with skeletal remains of buildings leaning here and there. They drove out to their farm with dread.

The sight made them go into shock. The barn was on its side in the caked mud and the house was completely gone. All that remained was a lone kitchen chair.

The insurance company wouldn’t pay for rebuilding on the same location. Their home, hopes, and dreams were washed away.




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59 thoughts on “REMAINS

  1. In my own mind, I appended “…or so it seemed.” I know the task is to have the story contain a beginning, middle and end; and yet I’ve known and seen so many people who somehow find the strength to take the kitchen chair and build a new beginning.

    Nice job (and 100 words exactly, to boot). πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Erik. I know that story ended on a low note. If I’d had more words I might have done the same as you and added a few words to brighten it. I personally would fight back also. I’m glad you liked the story anyway. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Bernadette. I was disappointed they started charging but it’s probably expensive to publish with all the color. The previous issue they showed under it on the page was free. I caved in and subscribed. I want to read the other stories as well as seeing mine published. The publisher is a nice guy. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Sandra. It’s heartbreaking so many have experienced that. I’m glad you liked the story. Thanks for the congratulations. I was a bit disappointed they’ve started charging, but it’s probably expensive to publish a glossy magazine with vivid color. The publisher seems to be a nice guy. The previous issue was free. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  2. As my Grandfather would have said, “That’s what ye get fer buil’in on the flood plain. I foolish man buil’s on san’ a wise man buil’s on lan’.” (I tried to capture his accent, a bit of a mix of Irish, Scottish, German, and American). Well told tale that could very well be a fable. ❀

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    • Thanks, Jelli. I love the dialect for your grandfather. You did a great job with it. I guess many people didn’t understand what a flood plain was or thought it wouldn’t happen in their lifetimes. I’m glad you liked the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Alicia. If I’d had more words I probably would have told about rebuilding. I’m pleased you liked the story and thanks for the congrats for my story win.. I was quite surprised and happy. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  3. Ah, all too real, Suzanne. The Kansas City area has seen its share of floods, all right. I prefer drought to flooding because you can always replant (unless there’s another Dust Bowl). But when snows melt and the waters rise, you lose a lot of ground. Six of one, half-dozen of the other, I guess.

    Nice work!

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    • Thanks, Isadora. I’m pleased you liked my story so much. I certainly hope a future hurricane doesn’t affect you and your family. I used to live in a tornado state, Ohio, but never saw one where we lived. Thanks for the congratulations on my published story. I was surprised and happy. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  4. I visited with a man once who was going to build down by the river. I told him I’d see water cover that entire property. He built there anyway. The insurance did pay off, but then dropped him.

    It’s sad to see people lose everything they worked so hard for. Congrats on your publication.

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    • Thanks, Teagan. for the congratulations on my contest win. I’m glad you also liked this little story. My husband, aged 86, passed away on Sunday. The doctor had warned me it might happen but we had hope. He’d improved a bit and was due to come home on Tuesday but it wasn’t to be. I tried to keep him home as long as possible but wanted to give him a chance to survive so let him be taken to the hospital. He’s had good care but had difficulty swallowing. At his age, his heart was probably as weak as the rest of him. Huge hugs to you also. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Dawn. I think I’d take the insurance money and try to find higher ground to build on. I’m glad you liked the story. Thanks, also for the congratulations on having my winning story published. I was surprised and happy. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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