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Friday Fictioneers – Storm

11 March, 2016

Friday rolls around once more, and writers the world over share their words as inspired by Rochelle‘s prompt pic

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Emmy L Gant is this week’s photographiser and all of these people have written, as per the rules, a 100-word story with beginning middle and end. Sometimes some of these three elements occur outside of the narrow window into the lives of the characters, but they are there. Or sometimes they are in the imaginations of the reader.

Anyway, here are my words. I hope you like them.

 

My senses had learned how to predict an approaching storm; I knew this would be one of the worst long before I saw the headlines on the newspapers of passers-by. I could have told them, but they never noticed me so why would they have listened? I heard their worried conversations and plans for evacuation, felt a perverse satisfaction that I had known first. But I had no means to escape.

And so when the blackest clouds swelled and they fled, I chose an empty house. I finally had a roof over me again as I waited for the storm.

 

 

 

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21 Comments
  1. A good story, I hope he survived the storm

  2. Somebody benefited from the storm. Nice characterization in so few words.

  3. I like the feeling of something menacing coming, and actually something quite menacing in the tone of voice of the narrator too.

  4. Dear RG,

    You have me wondering who the narrator is. A homeless person perhaps?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • Hi Rochelle.
      Yes, he has been on the streets for a while. I may have been too subtle in explaining that, but I had to keep my wordcount down πŸ˜‰ Plus I like to leave a little bit of work for the reader to do.

  5. I like that this story is written in the voice of the typically overlooked and voiceless. Very well done!

  6. “I finally had a roof over me again as I waited for the storm.” ~ Oh, I somewhat feel his longing for a place to call a home- or even just a house to call his own. This is somewhat true in some parts of the world. Great story, V..

  7. “headlines on the newspapers of passers-by” This is a wonderful way to show how the passers-by learned about the storm. Short and sweet and complete.May the homeless man have a new roof for a long time.

  8. Interesting character. Would like to know more about her…him?

    • hi there, thanks for reading. I’m sure there is a full back story as to why this man has become homeless. Maybe one day I will write about him again and find out what that story is.

  9. Nice silver lining TRG πŸ˜‰

  10. There’s a sense of waiting here and I hope he remains safe.

  11. Good story, RG. Poor man, but, as you say, he’s better off with a roof over him. It sounds as though through sleeping outside he’s more sensitive to changes in the weather. Well done. — Suzanne

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