THE OLD HAT VENDOR

 

Photo Copyright: Bjorn Rudberg

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year 2018 to everyone!

Here we are this week gathered on a street in Madeira, Portugal. 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 Bjorn Rudberg. Thanks, Bjorn.

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:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/22-december-2017/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE OLD HAT VENDOR by P.S. Joshi

Mike had saved years to take this trip to Madeira, Portugal and took notes for a later story.

He entered the street of shops and spotted an old hat vendor halfway down. Her hand-knitted wares were multicolored like many objects in the city.

The old woman knew some English.

“Buy my magic hats,” she cajoled.

Thinking, Why not?, he smiled and said, “You say they’re magic?”

Money changed hands and he slipped a hat on. He felt odd, noticed no cars but horses, and clothes on people nearby that were well over one-hundred years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MAGIC WILLOW

 

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Photo Copyright: C.E. Ayr

Here we are once more. Today we’re near a small lake with a large willow tree and some small houses on one side. We’re gathered here 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 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 C.E. Ayr. Thanks, C.E.

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:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/7-october-2016/

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE MAGIC WILLOW by P.S. Joshi

For many years, an old willow tree grew near a small lake. Not everyone knew it was a magic willow. The wizard in one of the houses knew as it was his tree.

When he was in need, he’d go to the willow and make a wish.

There was a problem, though. He had a worthless son who always wanted money. Knowing when he died, his son would misuse the tree he made provisions.

After his death, his son went to the tree and asked for money. Just a few coins appeared.

“That’s all you’re worth,” said the tree.

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THE FRONT PORCH

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Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Here we are again another week. We’re gathered this time on a virtual large front porch of a home in a warm part of the country. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the Friday Fictioneer’s group. The hostess for the group is the talented and gracious artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The prompt this week was also supplied by her. Thanks again Rochelle. The challenge of this group is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

The link to the other stories is as follows:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/13-february-2015/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE FRONT PORCH By P.S. Joshi

I remember the large front porch of the house where I was born. It was a magic place.

On rainy days, my friends and I felt protected as we played. There was a woven grass mat on the floor, mats to be let down for protection from sun on a hot day, and a large swing suspended from the ceiling.

On days I played alone, Mom put my small table and a chair out so I could draw or paint.

When I was older, my boyfriend got down on one knee in front of the swing and proposed to me.

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MAGIC OF ELECTRICITY

 

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Copyright–Ted Strutz

Here we are for another week, gathered today in an electric company, in front of an outlet, to discuss power and our original stories for the Friday Fictioneer’s group. It’s surprising how many stories can be written using the weekly prompt of an electric plug. The prompt this week was supplied by group member, Ted Strutz. Thanks again, Ted. The challenge for this group is for each of us to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the weekly picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

The link for all other stories is as follows:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/23-january-2015/

Genre: Non-fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

MAGIC OF ELECTRICITY By P.S. Joshi

In India, where we live, electricity is almost like magic. We’re among the fortunate ones who live in a city where we get electric power most of the time.

Of course, it’s not like in the West where we took it for granted. Outages are sometimes unexpected. On Thursdays, we often have what is termed “load-shedding”. The power is turned off most of the daytime to save on it. We have a battery lantern.

In rural areas, they can have  eight hours or more without power during the day. Some remote places have never had it. It’s difficult for students.

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