A BARGAIN

 

Photo Copyright: Ted Strutz

Here we are this week gathered in front of a work of art in a neighborhood park. 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 Ted Strutz. Thanks, Ted.

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/2017/12/27/22-december-2017/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

A BARGAIN by P.S. Joshi

The day had arrived when Jake Goodrich, famed local art critic, was to choose the show winner. Jake stopped in front of the piece labeled “Wheels” and smiled.

“Without a doubt, this is the masterpiece,” he said in a voice that rose above the mumbling of the large crowd. He put the sign 1st Prize in front of it and stepped back.

That night under a streetlight payment exchanged hands.

“Here’s the amount asked for, Jake,” said Brad Mathews. “Thanks to you I not only have the museum’s top award money, my garage is thoroughly cleared out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOGETHER

 

Photo Copyright: C.E. Ayr

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–June 4th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or sent in by one of the participants in the group of writers. 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. This week’s prompt was sent in by C.E. Ayr. Thanks, C.E.

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:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/sunday-photo-fiction-june-4th-2017/

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

TOGETHER by P.S. Joshi

Mable was excited. She hadn’t seen George for two years. He’d gone to Chicago to find work in the Spring of 1970. A letter came from him saying he’d be home today by bus and to meet him at the depot.

“What’s all this about?” her mother asked.

“George is coming home today and wants me to meet the bus.”

“Well, I hope he has more money now,” Mrs. Franklyn grumbled as she dusted, “and isn’t still allergic to marriage. Help me with this chore. Go upstairs and dust the brass bed and other furniture in my bedroom.”

Mable swore under her breath as she grabbed a cloth.

As she rubbed the metal of the antique bed she made a wish.

“This time I hope George and I will stay together forever.”

With little time to spare she raced out of the house and signaled a cab.

When she got to the station the bus was just pulling in. She paid the cab driver and darted up the walk.

George stood with a wide grin on his shaved face and arms thrown wide as she ran to embrace him.

That same day there was a new statue outside the building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PERFECT MAN

 

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Photo Copyright: C.E. Ayr

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–January 29th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides or chooses 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. This week’s prompt was supplied by C.E. Ayr. Thanks, C.E.

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:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/sunday-photo-fiction-january-29th-2017/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE PERFECT MAN by P.S. Joshi

When Dorothy started dating Frank she thought she really had a good catch. He wasn’t just handsome, smart, and educated but would inherit his father’s money.

“You should definitely marry him,” her mother said. “You’ll be rich one day.”

Her friend, Ruth, had introduced her to him. She seemed hesitant to do so, but couldn’t avoid it as they were all at a college picnic by the town river. Dorothy could never understand her friend’s attitude. It didn’t make sense. Frank seemed to have everything.

The only other thing she couldn’t understand were his disappearances. Every month he’d be gone for a couple weeks. When he came back he’d say nothing about it. She hesitated to ask and he never gave her the chance. He worked for his father so it didn’t matter.

About a year into the relationship, she began to have fears. One of his friends disappeared suddenly. The police found his body by some railroad tracks. His hands and feet were tied to his neck and he’d been tortured.

One evening in the paper Frank’s father was named as a gang leader.

When Dorothy told him she didn’t want to see him again, he broke her arm.

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WAITING FOR THE TRAIN

 

Train station--J. Hardy Carroll

Photo Copyright: J. Hardy Carroll

Here we are for another week. Today we’ve gathered in a virtual train station. Our hostess for this group meeting is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge for this week and every week is to each write an original 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 supplied by J. Hardy Carroll. Thanks, J. Hardy.

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/2016/05/18/20-may-2016/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

WAITING FOR THE TRAIN by P.S. Joshi

Larry walked into the train station and sat down. He was getting so forgetful these days. Where was he going? How would he know when to get off if he didn’t know his destination?

He could look at his ticket. That was it. He’d check his ticket. Now where had he put his ticket?

He could buy one but he didn’t seem to have money.

He walked to the ticket window. “Pardon me sir. Can I have a train schedule?

I’m sorry, mister. There’s no schedule for this train. It only makes two stops. One’s heaven and t’other’s hell.

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PERFORMER’S LAMENT

 

Bird puppet -- Luther Siler

Photo Copyright: Luther Siler

Here we are another week. This time we’re gathered at a virtual puppet show. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We are the Friday Fictioneers, and the challenge this week, and every week, is for each of us to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Luther Siler. Thanks, Luther.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/11-december-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

PERFORMER’S LAMENT By P.S. Joshi

Depression is setting in, and I’m worn thin. I’d like to think, just once, I’m controlling my own destiny.

People say I was made for this life, that it fits me like a hand in a glove. What do they know?

Every day is the same. There are no real choices. At day’s end, I’m cast aside like an old rag.

I’m forced to perform by those controlling me. They get paid, but not me. I don’t see any money. What’s with that?

What would happen, I wonder, if I went on strike? But are they worried? Not a bit.

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LOVELY BARCELONA

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Copyright: Dee Lovering

We’re here for another week, gathered around a virtual computer in a virtual college dorm room, in a virtual college. We’re here as the Friday Fictioneers to discuss our original stories for this week. Our hostess for this gathering–she’s not virtual by the way–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 Dee Lovering. Thanks, Dee.

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:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/1-may-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

LOVELY BARCELONA by P.S. Joshi

Laura sat at the computer planning her new story. She decided it would begin in Barcelona, Spain. She could hear the click of the castanets and feel the sunshine.

She’d read a piece on how to write a story in a week. She now had to place her chosen characters there. They would be college students on vacation from the U.S. She didn’t know anything about college students from anywhere else.

Her roommate, Dorothy, walked in. She read the beginning story over Laura’s shoulder.

“Hah,” she remarked. “Just how do these students have the money to go to Barcelona, Spain?”

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