Monday 26 October 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. Do not forget to click on the link below and add your link so that others can enjoy your story too! Now let’s have some fun!

This week's picture and prompt:

Finish the story begins with: “I watched the vulture looking at me hungrily as I lay on the ground bleeding and injured.”


I watched the vulture looking at me hungrily as I lay on the ground bleeding and injured.

It was those stupid shoes that I had insisted on buying and wearing tonight.  They pinched my feet, squeezed my little toes and made my heels ache.  I hadn't dared take them off in the restaurant because I knew I would never get them on again.

Three o'clock on a cold Sunday morning I tripped on the drain cover and went over, banged my head and twisted my ankle.  I gashed my hand trying to save myself and could feel the wet, sticky blood seeping out of palm.  Gravel rash will be very sore later on. 

I must have dozed off or fainted because I opened my eyes to see a red beady eye looking down at me as the sky became lighter with the sunrise.  

I'm afraid I swore out loud at the ugly bird and was mortified to see a policeman tutting at my coarse language.

Word count: 150

Thursday 22 October 2015


Our lovely hosts Denise and Yolanda who work very hard hosting this bi-monthly challenge

This month is themed for Halloween.  This is not my genre and I struggle to do anything horror wise so my offering is rather tame compared to other entries.
Here are the guidelines:

For this challenge, share a childhood fright that might or did turn into an adult fear, real or imagined.

To start the fun you can:
1.    share a favourite frightening tale, movie, novel, photograph or painting that will leave us quaking in our boots
2.    in a short paragraph describe how it scared you, and why it did and or still does today
3.    then you can:
a.    submit your own scary piece, 1000 words or less, in any format or
b.    share a photograph or painting that captures the horror you've felt.
Open to all genres - Fiction works can be - Adult, YA, MG. All entries maximum 1,000 words.

1.   Sharing something that happened in my middle teens (15/16 years old).  I lived in a small village in the South East of England. 

I had two best friends and we spent time in each other’s houses, girly stuff, chatting about boys, playing records (yes it was that far back that they were on vinyl) or listening to pirate radio stations when we could pick them up on the transistor radios.  It was all very innocent and naive compared to the teenagers of today. 

Patsy and I lived in council houses, I was at one end of a long winding avenue and she was at the other end, down the hill and nearly out to the main road.  Mary lived in a house in the churchyard.  Her parents were quite bohemian for village tastes and they weren't born and bred villagers.  It was a huge house and the front door led on to the path up to the church.  The living room window faced out on to the graveyard.  Situated on a hill the house was divided over three or four floors.  The kitchen was in the basement, a large cold room with a walk-in pantry and a huge wooden table set in the middle of the flagstone floor.

Mary had a lot of freedom, Patsy and I thought, being allowed to invite friends over and go out and about all the time.  One evening we had been talking about spirits and ghosts and had seen something about an Ouija board.   We decided to try it.  Mary obtained an Ouija board, I think she found it in her parent’s book shelves and we decided on a night to try it out.

During this time there had been some scandal in the village (my memory of the actual events is rather hazy all these years later) concerning rumours about a certain chap in the village.

We prepared the table, candles, an upturned glass in the middle ready to use.  We placed our fingers on the glass and in the semi-dark room started asking questions.  ‘Is anybody there?’  The glass moved to the square marked ‘yes.’

We shivered in anticipation.  After several more questions, spelling out answers that were true we asked the burning question. ‘Did he do it?’  The glass moved to ‘yes.’
We were all cold by this time and broke the circle.  
We accused each other of moving the glass, all vehemently denying doing any such thing.  I know I didn't sleep very well that night and we never mentioned that evening to each other again. 

The white house you can see beside the church was divided in two and Mary lived on the side by the church, you entered through the lynch gate up the path and then turned in to her front door. 
© Copyright Stuart Logan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Here is my 1,000 word entry


Sean opened the back door and called out as he entered the house.


‘Hello darling,’ his grandmother replied.

His Nan was always pleased to see him, no matter when he dropped round.  He came round several times a week after school but could only stay for half an hour or so.  Now he was living with his dad and his dad’s new family and not his mum it was quite strange but his Nan never held it against him.
Sean took off his school blazer, hung it on the hook with his back sack, kicked his shoes off and sat on the kitchen stool watching his Nan prepare her evening meal. 

I'm going to do trick and treating on Saturday,’ he said swallowing a mouthful of crisps.

‘Don’t knock on my door then ‘cos I won’t be opening it on Saturday.’

‘Don’t you believe in Halloween, Nan, with witches and ghosts and zombies and all that stuff?’  Sean finished his drink as his Nan poured herself a cup of tea.

‘No my dear.  It is so commercialised and scary.’

Sean laughed.  His Nan was scared of all sorts of things, especially spiders and scary films.  She was a bit of a wimp really.

They moved in to the living room so that Nan could sit down and drink her tea.  Sean continued asking questions, whether she believed in ghosts, had she seen one ever, ‘cos she was quite old now.

After pretend swatting him with a cushion, Nan looked at him and said, ‘I could tell you a few things but they are nothing like you see on the telly.’

‘Have you seen a real-live ghost then?’

Nan said, ‘it can’t be a ghost if it was real and alive now could it?’

They both laughed.

‘A few years ago we were staying in a holiday home out in the countryside and I had this feeling that somebody was watching me.  All around were just fields and greenery, a few hills in the distance, there was a ruined church down a country lane which we were going to visit. Ghosts are not always seen, Sean, sometimes you just feel them or even hear them.’ 

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Sean looked in amazement at his Nan; she was being really weird now.  She went on to explain. 

‘You can get a ‘feel’ for spirit, some people have seen images, shadows, wisps of something, sometimes people can hear a voice in their head and sometimes they just get a picture of something in their mind.’

Sean said, ‘I don't understand what you are saying, Nan.’

Nan carried on.  ‘OK let me think how to say it.  This cottage was attached to the grounds of a big manor house which the estate let it out to holiday makers and tourists.  As soon as I walked in the door I felt the air change.  I was breathing cold air, very cold air as if you’d just turned on the air conditioning in the car, that sort of coldness.  It was a late summer’s day; I just thought it was cooler inside because of the thicker brick walls.  It was only in one place in the living room if I moved elsewhere the air seemed normal.

Then as I looked out of the window I caught a glimpse of something across the field, a shadowy figure flitting across the stubble.  Now this was in the daytime so it was quite unusual.’ 

‘Did you see a ghost then?  I thought they only came out at night.’  Sean was quite astounded at what his grandmother was saying.

‘Ah now that is the myth surrounding the other world.’ Nan sat and thought for a bit and then looked at Sean.  ‘Would you like a piece of cake?’

A slice of Victoria sponge each, in between mouthfuls Sean asked about the ruined church.

‘Oh yes, the ruined church,’ Nan swallowed her last mouthful of cake and finished her cup of tea.

‘If you go there in the day time you can have a look around, careful not to step on the tombstones. If you go there during at night, especially if the moon shines down through the clouds as they flit across pushed by a gentle breeze, if you stand still and listen you can hear an owl hooting, a fox baying and a whisper among the trees that ripples along the lake beside the grounds of the church.’

Sean’s eyes became rounder; he sat forward in the chair hanging on his grandmother’s every word. 

‘Not much remains of the church but the rumour is that Richard Plantagenet was the illegitimate son of Richard III, he lived at Eastwell Manor and a memorial or tombstone is possibly in the grounds of the church.  Perhaps that is who I saw that day.’

‘Did you really, Nan?’ Sean isn't quite sure whether to believe his grandmother or not.  ‘So are there zombies then?  If there are ghosts there must be zombies.’

His Nan laughs. ‘I don’t think so.  They are just stories and horror films.’

‘But what if they were real and came out on Halloween, what would we do then?’

‘Lock your doors and don’t go out at night.’ His Nan winked at him.  Sean really didn't know what to believe.

‘How do you know if you've seen a ghost?  Do witches exist?’

So many questions unanswered. 

‘People used to think that witches were evil crones, casting spells on people they didn't like, turning people in to frogs and toads and mice and rats.’


‘In the olden days that is what people believed whereas maybe they were just people who knew the old folklore and what to pick in the woods to make medicines.  Don’t forget, Sean, they didn’t have Google back in those days to find out things.’

‘Nan, you are so silly sometimes.’

Sean jumped across to the sofa and gave his grandmother a great big squeeze. 

Now it was time for him to get ready to go home.

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Friday 16 October 2015


The following photo is the PROMPT.  Let it speak to you, then tell us in a hundred words or less what it said. 

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


The weather matched her mood.  She was stuck here in this dingy motel room looking out into the wet night waiting for his car to appear. 

He was late, again.  Melissa turned back and surveyed the double bed, the bedside lamp on the MDF two-drawer cabinet, one worn brocaded chair, a tiny kettle and a few sachets of tea and coffee on the stand by the door. 

The rat-a-tat-tat knock came.  Melissa opened the door where Richard stood, a smile on his face as he handed her a bedraggled bouquet of flowers, obviously the last bunch in the service station. 

Word count: 100

Wednesday 14 October 2015


FFfAW-Week of 10-13-2015
35th Challenge for
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 10-13 through 10-19-2015

Providing our photo prompt this week is Sonya, author of the blog, “Only 100 Words

Using the photo prompt you have 100 – 150 (+ - 25) to craft a story.


The sunlight caught the bright yellow hulk of the biggest ship Lorraine had ever seen.  Shivering on the quayside; her mother’s hand gripped her small one tightly, the smell of the deep, swirling water was something Lorraine had never experienced before.  The curly haired five-year old found the noise of the busy dockyard quite frightening.

Her nose was running with the cold but she couldn't free her hand from her mother’s fierce hold. She jumped as the ship’s sirens hooted when the gangplank was lowered.   Lorraine craned her neck wondering if she would recognise her father when he came ashore.  

Moments later a big man stood in front of her, his eyes crinkled up and his mouth opened wide in a smile.  Brilliant white teeth moved in his mouth but Lorraine didn't understand a word he said.  He scooped her up in to his arms and suddenly a familiar, masculine smell engulfed her senses as she buried her face in his neck whispering, ‘Papa, my Papa.’

Word count: 166

Monday 12 October 2015


Mondays Finish the Story – Oct 12th, 2015

This is a unique flash fiction challenge hosted by the lovely Barbara Beacham where she provides us 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:  “Now this is living the life of Riley.”


Now this is living the life of Riley, nothing better than feeling secure and happy.  It was such a great day when Mary and her children picked me out from the Rescue Centre.  All they saw then was a cowering, timid, ragged cat.  My big green eyes pleaded with them as they stopped by my cage.  I didn't hold out much hope as many families had scuttled past my cage to the younger kittens.

I was already 18 months old when kind Lisa scooped me up from the gutter.  She brought me to this warm place where gentle hands felt along my body as I tried not to cower in pain and fear.  A few needle pricks every day soon had me feeling better, so much so that I actually began to wash myself as my skin and fur recovered.

Now several years later those days are just a memory. It’s a purrfect life with Mary and family.

Word count: 150

Thursday 8 October 2015


FFfAW-Week of 10-06-2015

This week's photo prompt is provided by Etol Bagam. 


So excited, can’t sit still

So happy to be here with Bill

The first anniversary date

With my soul mate

A show, live theatre

There isn’t anything neater

Squeezing past knees and bags

Perfume smells, nose gags

Coughs and sneezes

And lemon squeezes

Coats and hats and many a shuffle

Settling down, quietening the kerfuffle

The lights slowly dim

The band begins to strum

Quietly leading to the anticipated entrance

Many eyes rapt in a collective trance

Feet start stomping

Hands clapping

Seats rocking

Bodies swaying

In time to the rhythm

No boredom

In this auditorium.

Interval /Intermission

Chocolate ice cream

Or vanilla

Or strawberry ripple

In a plastic tub

Licked with relish amongst the hubbub

No time to read the programme

A deep breath to fill the diaphragm

All too soon, the final bows

The curtain call, the encore

Two hours of sheer delight

A wonderful, fantastic night.

Monday 5 October 2015


Mondays Finish the Story – October 5th, 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.  
Click on the link above  and add your link so that others can enjoy your story too! Now let’s have some fun!

Photo Credit: Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story begins with:  “Few knew about the castle hidden inside the island.”


Few knew about the castle hidden inside the island. It was the perfect, romantic honeymoon venue.  Mike was grateful his boss had decided to share the location with him.  It was his bonus for the work he had already done, although Mike was sure there would be a huge price to pay when he got back.

Marian checked her handbag for the umpteenth time for her passport and new marriage certificate.  Hey, she was a married woman now, not always the modern way of doing things but as she and Mike were both pushing 30 they thought it was about time they ‘tied the knot.’

Mike grabbed her hand and squeezed her fingers, she did look a bit green about the gills but hopefully the seasickness would pass once she was on land and secluded inside the castle walls for two glorious weeks.

Word count: 134