Friday Fictioneers – The world carried on

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PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

The world carried on just as before. Only without him. Helga brought the mail to his bedside – a postcard with quaint conical rooftops of gaily coloured tiles. He didn’t need to read it to know the sender – Donald. Donald was travelling again.

Rage filled him. Without legs he would never travel anywhere again. After the rage came despair.

“Take it a day at a time.” Helga patted his hand.

A groan welled up like a retch from an empty stomach and he turned his face towards the window. A sparrow on the sill cocked its head in reply.

 

Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here.

68 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The world carried on

  1. Yes, the world keeps turning and yes we are still here – feels a bit odd, doesn’t it? Great take on the prompt and on recent events. Love the analogy between us, the legless, helpless and the postcard sending Donald – very clever

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  2. Loved the last para. Big fan of that sort of ending where you switch focus onto something else other than the main char i.e. the weather, a bird etc. Tiny crit….I was a little bit surprised to see such a literal take on the picture. For me the “conical rooftops” bit felt forced, almost clunky, didn’t really feel like a necessary part of the story. Could have been anything on the postcard.

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  3. Yes, the sense of having something precious, something taken for granted, amputated comes through loud and clear. Somehow it must go on. Vivid, angry, timely and great writing.

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  4. Great take on the prompt. It is a harsh reality that no matter what happens to you the word does indeed carry on. Nice writing, loved the phrase “A groan welled up like a retch from an empty stomach and he turned his face towards the window.” The sparrow was a nice touch.

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  5. Your character’s in a bad way. I hope he can find a little bit of rage again. Despair will get him nowhere and Donald can’t keep travelling forever. Interesting story. And I like the sparrow too.

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