Shadow on a lawn--Al Forbes

Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–April 3rd, 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 and inspired by the prompt.

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

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

Genre: Humor/Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 2+200=202

THE SHADOW by P.S. Joshi

Fred’s greatest desire was to become thin like the rest of his family. He finally found a diet he could stick with and began to follow it.

He weighed two hundred and fifty pounds and was short so people took a while to notice.

He dropped twenty pounds and his sister, Mildred said, “Lost a little weight, Freddie?”

With a sixty pound loss his cousins, the bus driver, the neighbors, and the storekeeper noticed. “Whoa, Fred, lookin’ good,” they said.

After that, none said anything. He became thinner and thinner and thinner. People began to wonder where he’d stop. But he was thrilled he could buy newer and newer clothes.

Something odd began to happen. One morning he noticed he had no reflection in the mirrors.

Outside it was sunny and only his shadow showed. People began to be frightened. They thought he was a ghost and avoided him.

He found he no longer could eat or go to work so stayed inside.

Soon he was forgotten.

The moral of this sad story is, “Eat enough to remain visible. Don’t become a shadow of your former self.”




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Mountains of snow

Photo Copyright: Douglas M. Macilroy

We’re here for another week, gathered today in a virtual observatory high in some virtual snow-covered mountains. We’re here as the Friday Fictioneers to discuss our original stories for this week. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for this group is to write a 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 Douglas M. Macilroy. Thanks, again, Doug.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link.

The link for the other stories is as follows:

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

I’VE BEEN GONE by P.S. Joshi

Mom took me to a really scary movie. Aliens landed near an observatory.

“Oh, Marie,” she said. “I shouldn’t have taken you to that one. I had no idea it would bother you.”

But she didn’t really understand why I was frightened. Aliens had already contacted me. I didn’t tell her as they’d warned me not to.

We lived in the mountains, and they wanted to land somewhere no one would find them.

“We’ll take you for a ride,” they said.

It sounded exciting.

“I’ll have to be back for dinner,” I answered.

I’m back–forty years later.




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