Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FridayFictioneers – 8/8/14 – A Divided House

with 38 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

After a few intense weeks, I finally caught the (dry) humour bug this week. Thank you to Björn for the photo and Rochelle for hosting us again.


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Copyright – Björn Rudberg


 A Divided House

(Genre: Humour, 100-words)

‘It was Macey who said we should tunnel into the hill, to get more space. I was all for stretching along the cliff, or building out, to make the most of the view. But Macey said it was dangerous. Someone might fall off the balcony during one of our parties, get hurt, even die. She was right of course. The interior rooms are cool in summer and hold the heat in winter. The back of the house is all hers. She’s had half of everything else. It’s a bit unfair of her now to complain about the lack of light.’


Friday Fictioneers

Written by Sarah Ann

August 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm

38 Responses

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  1. Ah, sweet revenge. I hope she’s negotiated access to the front door!


    August 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    • Ah, you’ve got me there. I had wondered that too. It’ll just have to be one of those aspects the reader has control over and decides for themselves 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      • I’m thinking a DMZ corridor from front to back where he can glare at her as she passes through on her way to get her daily sun fix 🙂


        August 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      • I think Macey forgot to negotiate for that but given time he may soften.

        Sarah Ann

        August 10, 2014 at 12:48 am

  2. You have got the gist of Madeira housebuilding.. though I guess that cave parties sounds a little bit gloomy…

    • Good to know I was able to tap in to Madeira housebuilding 🙂 I think the cave parties are exciting and fun, as long as you have a way out.

      Sarah Ann

      August 10, 2014 at 12:46 am

  3. I’m thinking I would like to be in those interior rooms now. Hot, hot in my house now. 🙂



    August 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    • There is something to be said for underground homes when the sun is beating down. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 10, 2014 at 12:45 am

  4. Unfair indeed. I smell a hint of intrigue.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


    August 9, 2014 at 4:42 am

    • Let me in on the intrigue! I was thinking more along the lines of a benighted, estranged husband getting his own back. Thanks for reading.

      Sarah Ann

      August 10, 2014 at 12:44 am

  5. Dear Sarah Ann,

    At least the back of the house will never be hot and sticky Dark, yes. May I suggest sunlamps? 😉

    Nice one.




    August 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    • No the back of the house will remain temperate and comfortable. And I think sunlamps are a very good idea. Thank you.

      Sarah Ann

      August 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

  6. Hah! Lovely idea, and well written.

    Claire Fuller

    August 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  7. As it was Macey’s idea, I guess it’s only right she should be allocated that part of the house. That was a different take on the prompt.


    August 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    • I think he’s being a bit mean, but he feels slighted after doing everything she wanted to give her the perfect house, and then being dumped.

      Sarah Ann

      August 10, 2014 at 12:41 am

  8. It’s hard getting everything right with some people.
    good tale.
    “I see the light” Randy

    The Writer's Village

    August 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

  9. Haha, the drawbacks of energy efficiency (and the inequity of division of assets 🙂 )


    August 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  10. Some people are never satisfied. 😉


    August 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    • No, and I have a feeling Macey never will be, hence her move to out of sight.

      Sarah Ann

      August 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

  11. You can’t have everything, although I’d be all for tunneling in and expanding out both. Maybe she can cut some skylights up. 🙂

    David Stewart

    August 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    • Tunneling is a good idea but I’m not sure what she’ll do with the excavated earth. Maybe fill one of the rooms then shoot it up a skylight? Her ex isn’t being at all helpful at the most.

      Sarah Ann

      August 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

  12. This reminds me of those subterranean houses where half is built above ground and half below, or whatever. Here we have a house that tunnels directly into the hill. I bet the rooms are nice and cool for her and private. Clever story, Sarah.

    Amy Reese

    August 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    • Yes nice and cool and maybe a little too private. Now Macey’s hidden away anything might happen. Actually you’re giving me ideas now. What if he says she’s gone to her mother’s and no one sees her again? 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

  13. Good idea – he better watch out for Macey though. I think Rochelle is right – get her some outdoor lamps. Great! Nan 🙂

    Nan Falkner

    August 12, 2014 at 2:28 am

    • I like that you think Macey might have a sting in her tail. If she can get her phone to work, I’m sure she’ll be on it to her solicitor.

      Sarah Ann

      August 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

  14. lol and that’s the price she pays for being right. haha 🙂


    August 12, 2014 at 4:01 am

    • I get the impression Macey would prefer to be right and suffer than the opposite 😉

      Sarah Ann

      August 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

  15. The opposite of a ‘silver lining’ – the entire back of a house and … darkness! A well-written story.


    August 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

  16. Sarah Ann, Good story. If they worked out a truce, they could share. It they’re too uncomfortable in future, they may decide to do that and both win. Well written. 🙂 —Susan


    August 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    • A truce might come once her ex has spent a summer roasting in the front half of the house. Until then, I think this pair will stick to fighting strategically.

      Sarah Ann

      August 15, 2014 at 10:04 am

  17. The worst of human nature aptly described, forever arguing and jostling over boundaries, territory. It’s the source of all wars. Ironic. Well done.


    August 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    • I hadn’t thought if it like that, but that’s a great interpretation. Thank you.

      Sarah Ann

      August 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

  18. You nailed that photo… with a great punchline to boot!


    August 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm

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