Photo Copyright: Sarah Potter

Here we are this week sitting in the woods by a stream. We’ve gathered to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the 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 counting 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 Sarah Potter. Thanks, Sarah.

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


My dad loved the place. It was a cottage he and Mom worked on making additions to turn it into a year-round home. In the woods near a lake, it provided things he treasured.

He could fish when he pleased and enjoy the peace and quiet. Only fifteen miles from the city, he could drive to work.

There was one problem. It was on low ground. The flood of 1960 destroyed the dams at both ends of the lake forcing the water to overflow and wash away dreams.

Dad was beaten. Rebuilding was impossible with his income. He never recovered.


NOTEThis story is only partly true. My dad and mom happily lived in that cottage until his death in 1980. It was on high ground up from the lake and surrounded by trees. There was a lovely view, especially in autumn.



















35 thoughts on “GOODBYE TO DREAMS

  1. You captured something real there, Patricia — not a reality for your mom and dad, but one for many.

    Your happier end note reminded me of a blog post I wrote five years ago, after my first visit to a similar little “camp” in the Adirondacks. I thought you might enjoy it:


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  2. Thanks, Erik for sharing your remembrance with me. Before the cottage I wrote about, my dad had a much smaller cottage with outhouse some builder friends built for him near another lake in one day. It was one step above the tent my parents had been using befoe I was born. Our home was that 2nd cottage for thirty years. 🙂 — Suzanne

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      • I lived there as an adult before getting a place of my own, then marrying. It was also improved after we sold it when we moved south due to my husband’s job. It’s a club limited to thirty members due to limited space around the lake so it should still be a lovely place to live. You need to be able to drive though as it’s fifteen miles out in the country. 🙂 —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Ali. Yes, it would be heartbreaking to see a flood destroy your home. I’m glad you liked the story. I wrote the note because if thought someone might think the story was totally based on I’ve written about my dad before. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Rochelle. I’m pleased you enjoyed the story. Yes, my dad lived in that cottage and enjoyed it for thirty years. Before we moved there full-time, we went there on Dad’s days off and vacations. 🙂 — Suzanne


  3. All it takes is a little bit of real to make us go into a believable story. A house is not a home, they will find another place as they have each other

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  4. We grew up with a lake at the end of the street. When I was small and flooding and gravity were still unclear, I asked my dad if we would ever be flooded out. “Nope,” he said, “our house is built on high ground.” I love your story for bringing back that memory.

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    • Thanks, Alicia. I’m happy you liked my story and it brought back happy memories. The lake we lived near was a damed-up millstream. It was in a valley so we lived on the side of the hill that inclined down to it. A flood would have just washed out the dam and the water would have run out as happened at one time before we lived there. There were other cottages around the lake. The old mill house was a private residence when we moved to the cottage. 🙂 — Suzanne

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