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The Gift

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 6 November 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

With a few hours to spare, Rachel decided to go for last minute shopping.

At the souvenir shop, she found a nice gift for her mom. It was a blue Armenian ceramic vase with a peacock and floral design.

She was about to pay when a scrawny kid grabbed the money from behind. It was so sudden, that before she could react, the kid had slipped into the crowd.

She went back to the hotel flabbergasted and disappointed.

Meanwhile, the kid, who stole her money, went home to his sick mother.

“Get well, Mama!” he cried. “I bought your medicine.”

November 4, 2020 at 10:30 am 36 comments


For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 24 July 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

On his last day in Paris, Sebastian went to the studio for his final session with Madelyn.

The model greeted him warmly. As usual, she undressed fully, revealing her intimate charms.

Madelyn barely spoke English, but it didn’t matter. She was always friendly, accommodating, and eager to please.

As Sebastian left the place, he stole one last glance of her like a mouse snatching a piece of cheese to savor later in its hideout.

It was one of life’s great ironies that once you met someone and started to get to know each other, it was time to say goodbye.

July 22, 2020 at 10:04 am 44 comments

The Time of My Life

Happy Spring
Credit: Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz

I’m having the time of my life these days experiencing these highs and lows. It’s becoming like the present weather. It’s kind of a mixed bag with the sun, rain, thunder, lightning, snow, wind, frost, you name it, all happening in random succession.

First, the next project I was supposed to be working on was officially cancelled. The sponsor balked at the cost. With my contract ending on 3/31, I was concerned. I saw gloom but it didn’t last. The sun came up when the manager told me that he’s extending my contract until the end of the year

Yesterday, I went to the dentist in the rain to have my broken crown fixed. With my permission, he extracted two of my upper teeth I wouldn’t have done it, but lightning struck. He dared me if I was tough enough for it. Of course, I told him I was. Now I won’t be able to chew food properly for weeks until the sewed gum is healed and the partial bridge put in place.

I thought I could go back to work after the dentist appointment. But with cottons stuffed in my mouth, I wouldn’t be a welcome sight. I decided to go home instead. I logged on to the computer and read my office mail. There was an emergency staff meeting at 12 pm. I sent a message to the manager saying I’d be taking the rest of the day off because of my condition. I could dial-in for the meeting but wouldn’t be able to talk. Fine, he said, I could listen in.

The meeting was about the coming reorg. Outside the window, I suddenly heard the wind howling badly. The manager said that he’d no longer be our manager. He’d be working in another capacity. I could only imagine the chill the news brought to everybody. He assured the permanent staff that they wouldn’t lose their jobs. They would just be slotted to work for another manager. As for contractors like me, however, he didn’t know what would happen. At that instance, I saw the rain started falling again.

It was cloudy when I went to work this morning. At the office, the manager told me that he did extend my contract, but the coming reorg could throw a wrench on it. The sun was up again in the afternoon when he told me I had been slotted to join the ‘build’ team responsible for coding, testing, and customizing vendors’ applications. The new manager called me early evening to confirm what my former manager said. You know what, he’ll be managing his team from East Coast.

I don’t know how long I can wait for the spring season to arrive. If it doesn’t arrive soon, I’m afraid I’ll truly become a man imitating this weather on its topsy-turvy dance. It has taught me one valuable lesson, though, and that’s not to be too comfortable in any situation no matter how good it looks.

March 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

Remembering Grandma

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 25 August 2017

 Jan Wayne Fields

Photo Credit: Jan Wayne Fields
While camping out in the desert, I was overcome by an overwhelming feeling of sadness. I remembered the night I said goodbye to my grandmother.

“Grandma, I’m going to America. I’ll see you when I come back.”

“Pepito, don’t hold your breath. I may not know where America is, but I know it’s farther than the moon.”

“Look, ” she continued, pointing at the moon. I can see it but not America.”

Several years later, she died. Due to the distance, I wasn’t able to attend her funeral.

“Grandma was right,” I realized belatedly. “America is farther than the moon.”

August 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm 48 comments

One From the Heart

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 30 June 2017

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

With mixed emotions, David returned to the village to meet Anita who won his daughter’s heart.

He and Emily were very close. He watched her grow up, taught her to skate and rode the bike. He was there to support her when she came out of the closet.

But there was a time when he failed her. It was when she lay dying after a biking accident.

“Dad, I want to live,” she implored, and he couldn’t save her.

“I’m sorry for your loss,” Anita said.

He hugged her so tight he could feel Emily’s heart beating in her breast.

June 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm 66 comments

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