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Friday Fictioneers – Thaw

5 December, 2014

Every week, Rochelle – the Queen of FriFic – sends a prompt pic to over a hundred writers across the world. Each of us then produces 100 words of fiction. Here is this week’s picture:



and my 100 words are these:


He hated to walk away when the arguments began again, the shouts and comments raining down on his back. But he knew he had to give them both space before their words became daggers that injured irreparably.

He walked through the back garden, pensive as he approached the bench, the crunching of the remaining snow under his feet breaking the silence. He sat, considered, watched his slowing and calming breaths clouding before him.

His eyes drifted to the decorative shrubs. Their winter covering of ice remained, but it was receding. Beneath it, he realised, the delicate and beautiful still survived.


  1. Dear TRG, Wonderful story and I loved the way he just walked out to his quiet place to let tempers cool. Very good! Nan 🙂

  2. Wise man, walking away to a beautiful sanctuary. Something for me to remember.


  3. “He sat, considered, watched his slowing and calming breaths clouding before him.” Well crafted scene. I visualized his furrowed brow smoothing with each exhale. The garden is where I always go to calm down too.

  4. This is how to deal with any hot-headed argument. Love how he saw his life in the frozen flowers.

  5. If more people in the world did this very thing, I believe there would be peace – one can always hope. Thanks for a good story.

  6. I hope he doesn’t find that he spends more time in his garden than with his lover.

  7. Dear TRG,

    A calming piece and a lesson for us all. Well done, as noted by all above.



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