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Friday Fictioneers – Pictures

1 May, 2015

Once again, Friday comes round and we all gather at the virtual campfire, toast e-marshmallows and tell stories. The stories are all inspired by the prompt pic Rochelle sends, and weigh in at 100 words (give or take a few). This week’s pic:

is of the Barcelona waterfront, at the south end of Las Ramblas where it meets the marina. Yes, you may have gathered I’ve been there before – twice in fact – and it’s one of my favourite cities. It’s also the city where this happened, but probably best to gloss over that because we’re here for FriFic. My 100 words are thus:


Jane joined Leigh on the sofa. She leant into his shoulder and he kissed her forehead lightly, instinctively.

“What you doing?” she asked.

“Flicking through this old laptop,” he said, clicking between images, “loads of my holiday pictures are on here.”

“Isn’t that Barcelona?” she asked.

“Yes, I went there in 2006. Lovely city.”

Jane sat up. “I was there in 2006 too,” she said, “in July.”

“You’re joking,” he laughed, “Me too.”

Jane froze, pointed at the screen. “That woman in the green,” she managed to say, “on the bench…”

Leigh zoomed in on the image.

“It can’t be…”



Author’s note: this is inspired by a true story I have heard Danny Baker tell on his Radio 5 show several times. The real story is based in the UK (Blackpool maybe, I can’t remember now) and involves an actual photo not a laptop pic, but the incredible coincidence of a future wife appearing in a husband’s picture before they met really did happen.


  1. I was there in July 2006 – do you think you have my photo too? I love these serendipitous moments that occur in life and you have written this one well.

  2. micklively permalink

    The camera never lies but it’s one hell of a coincidence.
    Good tale.

  3. It may seem like a coincidence but it happens….makes you wonder how the stranger next to you might feature in your future . Good one.

  4. I hope it was green rain coat! I like a good coincidence.
    Rosey Pinkerton

  5. Ha! Your story brought a smile, thank you!

  6. Ha. Your story brought a smile to me, too.
    but I was on the other side of the bench. See the guy with a beard and glasses? That was….


  7. Whoa, so cute, kudos!

  8. I was there in June 2006. Now this feels like a “Twilight Zone” episode. Ha ha
    Fun piece.

  9. Now that would be cool. My husband had a similar revelation when we decided we were most probably in the same class (a big one!) in college and didn’t know it. Great piece!

  10. These things happen, I’ve recently read about a similar case somewhere, but I think the people who married later where kids when they were on the same picture… Great story.

  11. Dear TRG, Great story and I’m sure that could happen many times. The world is smaller than it used to be with people being so mobile. Great take on the prompt! Nan 🙂

  12. Great story. We can only guess how many times that may have happened, but as been said, people move around more now and some places are favorities. Good dialoguue. Well done RG. 🙂 — Suzanne

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