First Encounter

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 30 October 2020

J. Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J. Hardy Carroll

In a rush to find her locker, Ella slipped and dropped her backpack scattering the contents on the floor.

“It looks like you need help.” Ella heard a voice as she gathered her stuff.

She turned and saw this nerdy looking boy in thick glasses.

Before she could say anything, he was already on his knees helping out.

“I’m John,” he said. “And you are?”

“Ella, my name’s Ella.”

Twenty years later and happily married, they still got a kick out of the first time they met.

“I slipped and you fell for me,” Ella said with a hearty laugh.

October 28, 2020 at 11:29 am 16 comments

The Gap Ocean Cliff

The Gap
Location: Watsons Bay, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


October 26, 2020 at 10:20 am 10 comments

A Fresh Start

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 23 October 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

When Consuelo left their native country and settled in New York, Roberto told her that in five years he’d follow her so they could be together again.

It took him much longer to fulfill that promise. By then Roberto realized that she wasn’t the same person anymore. Consuelo had changed and so did he.

“This isn’t going to work,” she suddenly blurted out while having breakfast at the neighborhood café.

After the break up, Roberto headed far west to San Francisco. He found it a haven for people like him coming from somewhere else looking forward to a fresh start.

October 21, 2020 at 3:54 pm 38 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Wallaby Posing

Location: Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Doonside, Australia


October 19, 2020 at 8:27 am 14 comments

Living on the Streets

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 16 October 2020

Photo Credit: C.E.Ayr

From the way he dressed in a nifty school uniform, nobody would have would have guessed he was homeless.

Dylan and his dad had been living on the streets managing to eke out a living by washing boats and doing menial chores at the marina. It was a hard existence. They were often ignored and didn’t exist to those who walked past them.

His dad had encouraged him to get an education for a better future.

The streets didn’t have walls. It didn’t provide roof over their heads. But for now it was home as long as they were together.

October 14, 2020 at 11:07 am 42 comments

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