Monday, 1 June 2015


Mondays Finish the Story – June 1st, 2015

This is a unique flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. Your challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Don’t forget to use the opening sentence… This challenge runs from Monday to Sunday! Get creative and have fun finishing the story!

Please include the photo with your bit of flash and a link back to this post. 

Photo Credit Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story begins with:  “What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”


“What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

Susie looked at the diverse hairstyles bent over the scratched wooden desks; eventually a few of her pupils looked up and glanced her way.  She smiled at Camilla, encouraging the young teenager to speak.  

Camilla stuttered, speaking quietly in her timid way but always brave enough to speak first in class.  

Bono raised his hand and in his gruff, breaking voice, mumbled his thoughts, his dreadlocks shiny, his scuffed worn shoes, dressed in clothes that needed ironing, his strong intelligent eyes shone with unknown depths.

Susan kept an encouraging smile on her face.  She looked towards the back of the room, catching the eye of a beautiful girl, full make-up, dyed hair streaked with pink and blue, defying all school rules, made her point in a lilting cockney Jamaican accent.

Leona’s melodic, rhythmic voice filled the classroom as she rapped out her thoughts on her no-good, lying, cheating boyfriend. 

Word count: 149


  1. A lovely tale. I like that you made the scene a classroom. Thank you for writing for the Mondays Finish the Story challenge Sally. Be well... ^..^

  2. A nice turn on the image and the sentence - a classroom where the souls aren't afraid to speak.
    "A tangled web. . ." I've used those very words many times. I like this prompt!

  3. I enjoyed the story with you using diversity to get the point across. Very nice!

  4. I loved the different personalities in the classroom, and the way Susan reflects on them as each speaks.

  5. I already like these students, and you've built their characters in less than 150 words.

  6. A wonderful diverse collection of well drawn characters Sally~Well written :)

  7. Your subjects are real. Very real.

  8. Wonderful story Sally... loved the characters.. so real, so distinct :)