Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in 200 words or less. Careful editing will keep your words within the confines of the 200 word limit. The photo doesn’t have to be centre stage, there have been times when I have had to read the story a few times to spot where the prompt is hidden. Please include a mention and / or link to whoever donated the photo.
The challenge makes you look at replacing two words with one, and a little jiggery pokery. A few words over is sometimes necessary when there is no way of shrinking it without losing an integral part of the story. Using a program like Microsoft Word or Open Office have a word counter so you can see how many you have used. A few of the stories have been going way over the limit. Please try to keep the stories within the 200 word limit.
Our photo prompt this week comes from J Hardy Carroll
Photo credit: J Hardy Carroll
It wasn't every year she was whisked away on a romantic weekend. In fact she couldn’t remember the last time it happened. Oh yes, their honeymoon which she’d paid for. She felt apprehensive because Jim never did anything impulsive or romantic or even nice in all of their married life. Before they were married he was very attentive, bringing her flowers, chocolates, taking her to the cinema or just suggesting an evening in with a bottle of wine and a DVD. The DVD was usually of his choice, Sci-Fi or horror were his usual choice.
Ellen was determined to enjoy these few days away. She purposefully forgot to pack the chargers for their various technology items. She wasn't even sure the hotel had Wi-Fi.
She gulped when they entered the cold, brick lined corridor, bare walls and brown wooden doors firmly closed against any intrusion. A shiver went down her spine, putting her best foot forward she followed Jim, dragging their heavy suitcase behind her.
He unlocked the door at the end of the corridor, swept in to the room grinning as he proudly presented a banner celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, champagne and a bouquet of red roses.
Word count: 199