Saturday, 5 September 2015


FFfAW Challenge – Week of 09-01-2015

29th Challenge for
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
 1- 8 September 2015
Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
1. A prompt photo will be provided each Tuesday to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.
2. Linking for this challenge begins on Tuesday and runs to the following Tuesday.
3. Please credit photo to photographer
4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try and stay within this limit.
5. Pingback to the challenge post in your story's post.
6. This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.
7. Add your story to the InLinkz Link-up (Blue Froggy button). If you need link-up instructions, please email
8. Remember, half the fun is reading and commenting on each other's stories.
This week's photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller's Abode. Thank you Louise!


Marianne stood at the edge of the platform, aware of the chuntering of the steam engine, the aroma of coal smoke tantalising her nostrils.  It was such a big beast to control, it needed constant attention even while idling waiting for permission to leave the station.

Dreaming of a golden age, of times gone past she shook herself out of her reverie; her practical self acknowledged that those times weren’t as romantically painted as everyone thought. 

Her husband, Joe, leaned out of the cab, his face grimy with smoke dust, smeared and streaked,  he gave her a big wink, blew her a kiss, tooted the whistle, pulled the lever down to release the brakes and let the big beast start to roll down the rails, gradually picking up speed. 
She would wait another 12 hours before he was home again and in her arms, loving her as he did every day.


  1. Sweet story. Sounds like she has a very loving happy marriage. He has a very long work day! I love the images you painted with your words of the train. Great story Sally and thank you for participating in the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge!

  2. That could be me -- I often find myself romanticizing the past as I look at my old family photos. A lot of the men in my line worked for the steam railroad. I like to think they winked at their wives as they headed off to work.