Photo Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Here we are again this week. Today we’re strolling through a virtual mansion built in the early 19th Century. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess, who leads us to a gathering in the massive virtual dining room, is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us 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 Rochelle. Thanks again, Rochelle.

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 this week is as follows:

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


How I wish now I’d never let my cousin Bea talk me into  going to inspect the old Marlowe place. It had been a stunner in its day–all marble, crystal, hand carving, and hardwood flooring. Now it was an empty, dusty, rotting shell, smelling of mold and mildew.

No one had lived in it for decades since the tragedy of the last Marlowes. Mr. Marlowe had gone insane, shooting his wife and three children.

I noticed the chill when we walked in. It was 90 degrees outside.

The worst part was the children heard my name and followed me out.




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Marble on the Ground

Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution for this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. The first line this week was contributed by Eric Wickland of Momusnews. Thanks to both Barbara and Eric.

Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories. The link for all other stories is as follows:

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 5+14+150=169 Words


At first, it looked like an ordinary marble, but it was far from it.

X-59 had made a successful landing. He was sure the Royal Supreme Leader on his planet would reward him handsomely.

He turned on the switch to the cloaking device. However, he made the serious mistake of turning it only part-way. Instead of disappearing completely, the ship now looked like a crystal marble. X-59 had no idea of his ship’s present appearance.

He made ready for his first step into Earth’s atmosphere by climbing into his gravity suit with the built-in breathing device. He prepared to open the door of the spacecraft.

He had landed on the Ridderhaust’s property. They owned chickens. Melody, their hen, would sit on anything round. She was too old to lay eggs, but not to sit on one.

Melody spotted the small object and immediately went into action. It was a bit smaller than the usual egg, but she wasn’t fussy.

X-59 stepped into total darkness.

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