Three votive candles--Al Forbes--June 12th-2016This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–June 12th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

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

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

TRUE FAITH by P.S. Joshi

When Laura O’Neal’s son, Bert, joined the U.S. Army in WWII, she placed him in God’s hands.

Every day on her way to work in a city store she went to morning Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

Every evening after work and dinner, she lit a candle on a small table near her favorite chair in the living room. Too tired to kneel from being on her feet all day selling dresses, she sat and took her old wooden rosary from the same table. She began the prayers by asking the Virgin Mary to pray for her Bert and intercede for him with her, Mary’s son, Jesus.

Laura’s husband had died years before so she felt it was her responsibility to pray hard for their beloved child. Anyone seeing the rosary could tell how many prayers had been sent heavenward. The wood had been worn down from passing through her fingers.

Bert did return unharmed. He told someone how once after spotting the range for the big guns he’d fallen asleep out of sheer fatigue. He woke up to find the building almost shot from under him. With great difficulty, he climbed down through it to the ground.




Written Act of Kindness Award



The Candle



Copyright–Renee Heath

This is my story for Friday Fictioneers this week. This is a weekly challenge  to write a story in 100 words with a beginning, middle, and end. It’s supposed to follow the picture prompt for the week. The host for the challenge is the talented and gracious author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week the picture is a photo supplied by Renee Heath. Thanks, Renee.

For everyone’s information, I just wanted to add that last week I was having a problem of my comments disappearing from the blogs of other Friday Fictioneers. I went to the Help section of my blog and typed in the problem. A Staffer with the title “timethief” replied and told me to provide links to the posts where my comments disappeared.  She said she would tag the thread for a Staff follow-up and to be patient. I made note of the next several comments of mine that disappeared and gave her the information for the blogs and my URL and email address. I waited for some hours and the problem was solved. I want to thank “timethief” and  the other Staffers of WordPress.

Genre: Horror Fiction

THE CANDLE by P.S. Joshi

My pal, John, and I were camping.

He said, “Got a ghost story?”

I said, “Yeah, a real one. You know the old Maubry mansion? In ’86 my pal Frank and I snuck out one night and went  there.

“That watchman, Hansen, used to sleep almost every night instead of watching. We looked at the windows and noticed a lighted candle at one. We ran home scared.

“Next day we asked Hansen if anyone ever got in there.

“He said, ‘Nah!’

“Then took us into the room with the candle. That candle was covered with a thick layer of dust.”