Friday Fictioneers: Smile

This week I thought I was nice and early to Friday Fictioneers (for once). It was only after I’d finished writing that I realised that I’d been responding to last week’s prompt. *sigh* I thought I’d post it nonetheless, so that the half an hour I was supposed to spend doing coursework (*gulp*) won’t be in vain.

For Friday Fictioneers, writers respond to a prompt with 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for providing the following photo prompt!

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Smile

“I can’t,” Tulip huffed. “It’s only daybreak and I’m already tired!”

Her companion smiled. “With that attitude, you definitely won’t,” she said gently. “How do you think I got here? You don’t believe I was born like this?”

Tulip sniffed. She tried not to think about how unkempt she must look next to her friend, who looked as fresh as spring itself. She felt like she had been trampled upon.

“How did you do it?” she asked after a while. “How did you grow to be so beautiful?”

“Simple,” Daffodil replied. “Just stand tall, face the sun, and smile.”

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Words: 99

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Friday Fictioneers: Ready

For Friday Fictioneers, writers respond to a prompt with 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for providing the following photo prompt.

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Ready

“Ladies and gentlemen, we will begin boarding shortly.”

Marking her place, Meera stowed her book away. Boarding pass? Ready. Passport? Ready. Neck pillow, sleeping mask, water bottle — ready. She stood up.

No one else even twitched, except a nervous-looking man nearby.

Deflated, Meera sat back down.

“Thank you for your patience. We will now board our platinum club members.”

Some people stirred. Meera sighed as an old lady struggled to find her ticket.

“Thank you for your patience. We will now board rows one through fourteen.”

Finally. Meera bounded to the counter and with a flourish, presented her bookmark.

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Words: 100

This might have been the most difficult one for me yet! The character changed drastically as I forced myself to edit the initial two hundred and sixty-something words. It was challenging but it taught me a lot about the power of implication…

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Friday Fictioneers: A Few More Steps

I wrote this for last week’s Friday Fictioneers but wasn’t sure about publishing it. Returned to it a couple of days later and thought, why not? For those who don’t know, Friday Fictioneers involves writers responding to a prompt with 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for providing the following photo prompt.

This piece is based on one of my favourite poems, Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

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Copyright The Reclining Gentleman

A Few More Steps

Her hand trailed along the railing separating two worlds. On one side, headlights. Street lamps. Artificial lighting trying to compensate for the sun’s absence. On the other, water as seemingly solid as the road. Stout apartment buildings crowded the distance. They looked empty where she stood.

She took a few steps. Another pair of headlights screamed past. She had not walked this path before. A layer of cloud hung like a heavy blanket on a hot day. She took another step. Miles to go before I sleep. The words echoed in her head as she took a few more steps.

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Words: 100

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