GOODBYE TO DREAMS

 

Photo Copyright: Sarah Potter

Here we are this week sitting in the woods by a stream. 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 Sarah Potter. Thanks, Sarah.

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/2017/06/07/9-june-2017/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

GOODBYE TO DREAMS by P.S. Joshi

My dad loved the place. It was a cottage he and Mom worked on making additions to turn it into a year-round home. In the woods near a lake, it provided things he treasured.

He could fish when he pleased and enjoy the peace and quiet. Only fifteen miles from the city, he could drive to work.

There was one problem. It was on low ground. The flood of 1960 destroyed the dams at both ends of the lake forcing the water to overflow and wash away dreams.

Dad was beaten. Rebuilding was impossible with his income. He never recovered.

 

NOTE: This story is only partly true. My dad and mom happily lived in that cottage until his death in 1980. It was on high ground up from the lake and surrounded by trees. There was a lovely view, especially in autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMAINS

 

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Photo Copyright: Ted Strutz

NOTE: My contest-winning short story was published this month in CQ Magazine. However, they’ve begun charging for subscriptions. I won’t ask anyone to buy a copy. I’ll certainly understand if you don’t. If you want to, the link is as follows:

https://www.magzter.com/GB/CQ-International/CQ-International-Magazine/Art/

Here we all are gathered for another week. Today we’re along a country river where one chair is sitting for some reason. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the week. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for this 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 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/2017/02/08/10-february-2017/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

REMAINS By P.S.  Joshi

There’d been floods before in Illinois but never like this. When the Colters returned from the shelter they could hardly believe it.

Instead of the village of Martinsville there was a mud plain with skeletal remains of buildings leaning here and there. They drove out to their farm with dread.

The sight made them go into shock. The barn was on its side in the caked mud and the house was completely gone. All that remained was a lone kitchen chair.

The insurance company wouldn’t pay for rebuilding on the same location. Their home, hopes, and dreams were washed away.

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