Crossed Wires

bowl-and-leaves

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“Hi Christopher.”

“Hi Mum.  How are you?”

“Fine thanks.  You’ll never guess what Barry’s given me!”

Christopher’s mind wandered to all the weird and useless presents Barry had given his mother and speculated what the latest gift would be.

“Go on.”

“A crystal bowl,” she said breathlessly.

A crystal ball?  Oh God, even more useless than the nose-shaped contraption that dispensed shower gel from its nostrils.  Does he think she’s a gypsy fortune-teller?  Can she not see how insulting that is?

“What are you going to do with that?” His patience was barely concealed.

“Put fruit in it of course!”

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

 

Word Count: 100

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Preservation of Solitude

Preservation of Solitude

PHOTO PROMPT © Karen Rawson

Rose jealously guarded her reclusive existence.  For years she’d lived happily in a shack concealed deep in the woods. But today pegging stream-washed clothes on an old rope-line, something was awry.  She moved cautiously towards the object of concern, tense, her hand across her mouth.  Goose pimples peppered her weathered arms.  She prodded the freshly dug earth, inhaled sharply before shuffling into the ramshackle shed to collect her tools.

It was two days later a body was discovered on the far side of the wood in a shallow grave bearing a cross fashioned from branches and scattered with wild flowers. 

Word Count: 100

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