Thursday, 15 September 2016

Was It Worth It

FFfAW Challenge – Week of September 13, 2016
82nd Challenge
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Week of 09-13 through 09-19-2016

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 Monday evening.
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.
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8. Please keep stories below R rating.
9. Please respect the diversity of our readers and writers in regard to race, religion, and life style choice when writing your stories.
10. Remember, half the fun is reading and commenting on each other's stories.

This week's photo prompt is provided by Jade M. Wong.


It was so beautiful the way it sparkled on her finger.  She knew she was signing her life away but she didn’t care if he was going to buy her jewellery of this quality.

Helen watched her friend get married.  She watched her friend bring up children.  She watched her friend hide the tears.  She watched her friend pretend.

She watched and waited to catch her friend when she fell and she did fall hard.  Picking up the pieces of her life Helen’s friend still wore the ring on her finger.  It was loose now and often disappeared under her finger.  It had lost its sparkle as well.  The gleam had gone from its many facets.  The gleam had also left Helen’s friend.

Was it worth it?  Helen asked her friend.

With eyes that glistened with unshed tears her friend said, yes, of course it was.

Helen didn’t believe her.

Word Count: 150


  1. Wonderful story Sally! I feel so sorry for Helen's friend. I wonder, if it really was worth it?

  2. That had me gripped - so few words yet full of imagery. My mind likes being able to fill in the spaces where often writers give too much. I also like that I can create the scenario around this woman, the ring, and even the role of her friend. Well done.

    Saw you over at my blog - will be giving you a follow.

    Cheers, Jenny