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Friday Fictioneers – Flawed

23 October, 2015

Happy third anniversary to the Queen of FriFic, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Yep, it’s been three years since Rochelle took over from Madison and began curating the Friday Fictioneers prompt, three years since her name first pinged into our inboxes to jumpstart the mental cogs into action.

FriFic is the mainstay of my writing week. While I struggle to find time and mental energy to immerse myself deeply enough in my novel to make any meaningful progress, I always welcome the challenge of writing to the diverse prompts Rochelle feeds us each week. And I enjoy the further challenge of writing exactly 100 words. I have never gone over, never gone under. Some weeks that is more of a challenge than others – some weeks I fill to make an insufficient story long enough but mostly I brutally hack out backstory and unnecessary detail, find different and more concise ways to tell a plot point in much less words. It is excellent discipline and forces me to be a better and more imaginative writer.

To celebrate the Leather Anniversary (which Google tells me is correct for three years) Rochelle has rerun her first prompt pic


from Ron Pruitt, and given us all a free pass to rerun our own FriFics from 2012. Never one to turn down the chance to shirk, I am reposting my 100 words from way back then. Click here to enter the realm of the blue frog and read everyone else’s work. Or read on to read mine…



He had symbolically packed a bag with a few clothes and left it by the door where she would see it, so she would know he was serious, but he knew he would not be needing it.

He waited in the kitchen as the early hours passed, rehearsed his speech, and when she entered, he told her to stand and listen.

‘I don’t know who he is,’ he concluded, ‘but it’s him or me.’

He hadn’t anticipated her reply, hadn’t seen the flaw in his plan.


He picked up his bag, handed it to the driver and took his seat.

  1. Dear RG,

    It sounds like she didn’t deny and thing and sent him packing. Guess she chose the other man. 😉 Good one. Subtle but hard hitting.

    Thank you for your kind words and support. You’ve helped keep the journey interesting.



  2. You see, that’s the problem with the grand gesture. Cleverly done, and I hope he had time to repack his bag for a longer stay-away.

  3. Hop on the bus, Gus. That’s how it’s done!

  4. Plans like that rarely succeed – so now he’s on his own with a knapsack too small.

  5. That backfired badly. At least now it’s out in the open and they don’t live a lie. Good story.

  6. Dale permalink

    Ultimatums, no matter how they’re presented rarely work… as he found out!

  7. Ooops, the best laid plans . . . Choice made.

  8. Whoops? Never give an ultimatum unless you are will to allow for ultimatums!

  9. Oh crap. I hate when that happens.

  10. Ultimatums are just as likely not to end well as to end well. In this case, to follow Honie’s comment, just drop off the key, Lee.


    • You’re right, Janet.As others have also noted, you have to be ready for both outcomes. and to continue the song, get yourself free – but I’m not sure that’s what he wanted!

  11. I wondered if he had played into her plan. Women are pretty clever, you know. 🙂


  12. Oops.
    Goes to show you:
    Never hatch your bags before you’re sure you can count on your chicken.

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