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Friday Fictioneers – Abandoned

26 May, 2017

It’s been another hectic week here at Reclining Towers, the second in a row. Last week I didn’t get a chance to write a FF entry, so this week I was determined not to miss it despite a lot of rushing around, and an out-of-kilter sleep pattern due to my now frequent contact with a friend in a wildly different time zone. I only had an hour to write this so it’s very rough. It needs another edit, and I have just come up with the title; if I had time I’d recraft it to include and allude to the title. But there is no time, the presses are rolling.

Rochelle sent J Hardy Carroll‘s pic this week:

and several hundred thousand writers have shared their resultant fiction at Frogtopia.


Here is mine…


Ten years previously, this building, like those around it, had hosted business and industry, employed dozens. But tastes change, new becomes tarnished, and every one of those businesses relocated across the county to newer premises and lower rents. What hadn’t been stolen since had been smashed or burned, leaving the structure unsound. I was grateful for the protection of my hard hat and safety boots.

I began writing, noting the processes required to begin the clearance, to regenerate the space into homes.

From behind a broken desk, a sleeping bag moved, a face appeared. Those processes had apparently already started.




  1. This was good. Brought in an element of foreboding. Would love to know what happens hereafter.

  2. Circle of change. Destructiom and reclamation. Well told

  3. Dear TRG,

    The only thing that seems to be constant is change. Well done.



  4. Someone’s already ahead of the curve. Nicely done.

  5. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover permalink

    Love the line “new becomes tarnished.” So true. This had a really nice feel.

  6. Dale permalink

    For someone who was pressed for time… I loved this TRG!

  7. Really like this final touch of humor. Not everybody waits for the pros to analyze. 😉

  8. The moving sleeping bag took me by surprise. Well done.

  9. This definitely left me wanting more

  10. I have a sense that a tenant would have to pay more than the guy in the sleeping bag can afford.

  11. Degeneration and reclamation but unfortunately someone will get suffer in the process. Let’s hope the man in the sleeping bag finds sanctuary somewhere

  12. Yes, homeless have moved in. Realistic description, RG. Good writing. —- Suzanne

  13. Perhaps someone from a test group, checking to see if the building is located in just the right place. Nicely told.

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