Optimism and Reality



Arriving in London, Amelia was filled with hope.  The neon lights induced excitement.  She had left behind her dreary existence and anticipated a glamorous lifestyle.

She had secured employment in a restaurant frequented by celebrities.

Although the flat she rented was grotty, soon she would inhabit a much more luxurious setting with a rich, handsome star.  Hitherto she hadn’t caught anyone’s eye, but it would happen, she knew.

Accidently tipping moules frites over one A-Lister, she was sacked immediately.  Unable to pay the rent, the landlord kicked her out.  Destitution followed.  The neon lights replaced by a lone red one.

Word Count 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.




30 thoughts on “Optimism and Reality

  1. neilmacdon says:

    A sad saga. And brave of you to try to trip through an entire life in 100 words. I think it might have had more power if you’d concentrated on the moment of transition from glitz to the red light

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  2. mickwynn2013 says:

    This story works extremely well and says a lot with a killer final line. The bright lights turning to one red one is a fantastic image and very powerful.


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