Sarah Ann Hall

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

#FridayFictioneers – 21/11/14 – Ghost Town

with 35 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.

Claire Fuller (7)

Copyright – Claire Fuller


Ghost Town

(General Fiction; 100-words)

The garage closing spelled the end for the village. With nowhere to buy last minute birthday flowers, or emergency breakfast bread, the place died. With nowhere worth walking to, people stopped passing on the street and sharing cheery hellos. Soon, the residents moved to town, where access to shops was easy, but speaking to neighbours frowned upon.

Within months the village was deserted. Within a few more it was alive again, as rampaging vines clung to crumbling brickwork, buddleia pushed through tarmac, and dandelions shone.

People visit now on Sundays, to revel in nature’s glory, picnic, and talk to strangers.

Friday Fictioneers


Written by Sarah Ann

November 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

35 Responses

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  1. Dear Sarah,

    Soon the property values will go sky high and someone will put in a gas station. The circle of life keeps rolling along. What a great story you put together for this prompt.




    November 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    • Thank you. Hopefully someone will declare the lost village a nature reserve before that happens 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm

  2. Dear Sarah Ann,

    And the circles they go round and round. I can’t help but hear Joni Mitchell. Nicely imagined and well written.




    November 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    • Thanks for the link, and the comment. The stories that come immediately with a prompt tend to be the easier ones to write, but it’s good to know when they are written well too 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  3. Lovely, full circle almost. It doesn’t take long for nature to reclaim a town once the humans have moved out. At least the previous residents can visit on the weekend and talk to others without getting a dirty look.


    November 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    • 🙂 Why does trying to talk to someone elicit a dirty look! Hopefully some new friendships will be made.

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  4. The policy makers would call it ‘Development’.

    Great take on this prompt.


    November 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    • Development can be good when it encourages contact. Too often all it offers is isolation. Thank you for your comment.

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  5. I like the Phoenix rise again.. a recreation.. or gentrification.. first artists moving in, and then gradually it will be something entirely different with people not speaking to each other.

    Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    November 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    • Let’s go with a recreation, but no gentrification – the visitors have to keep talking to each other.

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  6. Sarah, I enjoyed the “circle of life” nature of your tale.


    November 22, 2014 at 2:39 am

    • Thank you, Marie. I must be dense because I didn’t see the circularity of it as I wrote, I was just trying to get people talking to each other again.

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  7. This was a lovely story Sarah Ann. There’s more than one kind of life, but Doug’s right. Soon the whole circle will start again. You’re early this week! 🙂 I normally watch out for you on Sundays.


    November 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

    • Thanks Sandra. Yes, early to post because I managed to pull my finger out, but late to comment and reply because it was short-lived organisational success. I’m cutting an edge off the circle of life and demanding nature stays in control of the village and visitors relearn who enjoyable it is to engage in verbal communication.

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  8. It’s kind of nice that the place was revived again in some way so it has a second life of sorts. It’s better than being lonely and abandoned (forgotten).


    November 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    • That’s what I thought – nice for the place to have a second, and maybe better, life. I can imagine it being full of photographers trying to get artistic shots.

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  9. I love the full circle of this tale. Beautifully done. Alicia


    November 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

  10. i guess that’s just how the world works. nothing lives in a vacuum. when something leaves, another one takes over or takes its place.


    November 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    • Nature isn’t easily confined, she will spread and take over given half a chance. Thanks for reading.

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  11. A place of magic. Not speaking to others is a crime!


    November 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    • Let’s hope it’s able to keep its magic and isn’t developed as per Doug’s comment. And I agree about not speaking to people – why have people become so afraid of smiling and making contact with one another?

      Sarah Ann

      November 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  12. I love what you’ve written. You put so much into your 100 words – life – decay – life again, and I’m sure the people in the final scene will keep talking to each other. We’ll make it a nature reserve and that’l stop the developers.


    November 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    • Thanks for going with the nature reserve idea. We need to keep people speaking to each other.

      Sarah Ann

      November 26, 2014 at 8:53 pm

  13. As people have already, commented, it’s the merry-go-round of life at play here. Nicely written


    November 24, 2014 at 12:27 am

  14. A unique take, Sarah, and so well done. I hope it stays wild and free and that people come there to relax, enjoy, and be alone or talk, as the mood catches them.



    November 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    • Thanks Janet. Hopefully the people will enjoy communicating enough to make sure the place stays wild and free.

      Sarah Ann

      November 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm

  15. Growing up in the country, this sort of ‘ghost town’ seemed a real possibility in some places – once the one and only industry shuts down, these places are living on borrowed time.

    I liked the natural reclamation theme at the end – ghost town tourism.


    November 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    • Hopefully ghost town tourism without too many scary ghosts.

      Sarah Ann

      November 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

  16. Sarah Ann, Maybe someone will have it declared an historical area and people will move back by paying much more for the buildings. Good and well-written story. 🙂 — Susan

    Suzanne Joshi

    November 26, 2014 at 6:33 am

    • Thanks Susan. If the people move back in, I hope it’s only in small pockets so the visitors can keep coming to see nature take over.

      Sarah Ann

      November 26, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  17. A nice blend of sad resignation and hopeful irony – I think your writing here is really well balanced.


    November 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    • Thank you – and sorry for taking so long to reply!

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      • Oh that’s ok, I know how tricky it can be to keep up with all the comments that swirl around a blog 🙂


        December 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

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