Sarah Ann Hall

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#FridayFictioneers – 14/7/17 – Nothing to Wear

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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.

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Janet for the beautiful photo this week.

Nothing to Wear

(Genre: fantasy; 100-words)

As the warlock’s summer party approached, Zilla resolved to attend, only the choice of perfect attire proved confounding. She could charm a gown of exquisite beauty, pervade a captivating scent, and might catch an eye with augmented lashes. It wouldn’t be the first time she had used her skills to bewitch a beau. And it wouldn’t be the last. Zilla was weary of being alone. She wanted someone to love and share her world.

She pondered hard.

Zilla arrived in standard garb, enchantment free, the plain young witch she was. She mesmerised and enthralled, and left with like-minded mate.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

July 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 19/5/17 – Fixtures and Fittings

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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.

As usual, it took a while for any ideas to form, and then I came up with the below. Is this a story? Perhaps more of a vingette. Does it work? Let me know.

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Roger Butolt for this week’s photo.

© Roger Butolt

 

Fixtures and Fittings

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

‘Why do we always come here?’

‘It’s where we had our first date.’

‘And our last.’

‘They know us.’

‘We love the food.’

‘They leave us alone and don’t mind us poring over paperwork.’

‘And the coffee’s good.’

‘And the coffee’s good!’

‘We should try somewhere else.’

‘It wouldn’t be as comfortable.’

‘Which is why we should make the effort.’

‘Maybe.’

‘You’re too non-committal.’

‘You’re too rigid.’

‘Here we go.’

‘And that’s another thing going for his place; they don’t mind our arguments.’

‘There’s something I need to say.’

‘Me too.’

‘I don’t want us to get divorced.’

‘Me either.’

 

Written by Sarah Ann

May 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 10/10/14 – Recovery

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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.

 

This week I’ve been busy scrubbing and painting (see below), and summoning my muse has been thwarted by physical exhaustion. When I saw Tears for Fears in Rochelle’s photo, I decided to do something with their lyrics. (I’m sure someone else will have done this too.) Once I’d started, it was difficult to stop, so here are two efforts using the constraint of others’ words.

 

Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

Recovery

(Genre: Misery100-words)

What has happened to the friend that I once knew? Where does the end of me become the start of you? We walk and talk in time.

When all you do is see me through, I did not have the nerve. I asked for more and more. I wanted to be with you alone, with the ups and downs; all for freedom and for pleasure.

I hope we live to tell the tale. It’s hard to be a man when there’s a gun in your hand.

These are things I can do without. Kiss them goodbye. No more sleepy dreaming.

 

 

Six Months In

(Genre: general fiction, 99-words)

‘I find it kind of sad. It’s all too late.’

‘I feel somebody somewhere is trying to breathe.’

‘I find it hard to tell you. Oh I feel so…’

‘Come on. Let it all out.’

‘The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.’

‘I feel deep in your heart there are wounds time can’t heal.’

‘All I want to be is completely in command. Well you know what I mean.’

‘For all you say, you keep me waiting.’

‘I can’t stand this indecision.’

‘You can change.’

‘How can I be sure?’

‘Nothing ever lasts forever.’

 

Friday Fictioneers

 

Tears for Fears songs I used a line or more from: Woman in Chains, Pale Shelter, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Break it Down Again, Change, Shout, Head Over Heels, Mad World.

Written by Sarah Ann

October 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

#VisDare 36: Implore – Don’t Go

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This week the photo and word prompt for VisDare fitted each other perfectly.

 

RULES:
150 words – or less.
Post entry to your blog and “link in”.
No blog? Post your 150 words in the comments.
(Please – no erotica or graphic violence.)
DON’T FORGET to read and comment on others’ entries!!
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Don’t Go (145 words)

Come back. Don’t leave me. Please. Come back.

Don’t then. Turn your back and walk away.

You can blame me all you want, but you know I did the right thing. You say you would have loved our child, that we could have made a go of things, but you are scared by my fecundity. Your self-reproach would have increased with every visit. Your guilt would have soured our love, and spoiled our child. Run back to your barren wife, the one who ever holds you, the one you will never leave, not even for your child.

I did the only thing I could. When it comes to love, it is better to have nothing than half a thing.

I gave you the choice and you have made your decision. The child and I will go on alone but together, and we will be strong.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

September 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm

#Trifecta: Week 90 – Grasp – Futile Regret

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I’ve spent three weeks without reading or completing a flash fiction challenge. Now I’m back online I must stop them taking over my life again…

This week’s one-word prompt from Trifecta is:

 

1: to take or seize eagerly

2: to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms

3: to lay hold of with the mind : comprehend

 

The rules:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.

This week’s challenge is community judged.

  • For the 14 hours following the close of the challenge, voting will be enabled on links.
  • In order to vote, return to this post where stars will appear next to each link. To vote, simply click the star that corresponds with your favorite post.
  • You can vote for your top three favorite posts.
  • Voting is open to everyone.
  • You have 14 hours to vote. It’s not much time, so be diligent!

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Futile Regret (33 words)

I didn’t grasp the full ramifications until later.

One wrong turn, a two-hour delay, and I didn’t see my brother marry my best friend.

If only I’d been able to speak out.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

August 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm

#Trifextra: 70 – A moment on a roof

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This week Trifecta are asking for 33-words based on the picture:

 

 

‘You’re not up here because of me?’

‘Don’t flatter yourself. I wanted to think. The view helps.’

‘And?’

‘It’s time I changed jobs.’

‘That’s it?’

‘It’s a start. I’m considering relationships next week.’

 

Written by Sarah Ann

June 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 17/5/13 – The Anniversary

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Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to stimulate and inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry. Every Friday (or before) the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word stories.

Visit Rochelle’s site for how to join in and read the other stories by clicking on the blue guy.


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Rochelle has kindly chosen one of my photos for this week’s prompt. If you’d like to know more about where/ what this is, click here.

 

To fufil the wishes of some of those who commented on my story last week, this one provides a happy ending.
Aqueduct -Sarah Ann Hall

 

The Anniversary (100 words)

‘That’s us,’ Bob said, ‘two old sentinels in the wilderness. Do you remember our first date?’

‘If you’d come out with poetic nonsense that night I’d’ve decked you.’

‘Still one for plain talking.’

‘Still one for cautious optimism.’

‘Pity the kids didn’t come. There’ll be no-one to look after you when you’re old.’

‘People shouldn’t have kids to act as their carers. What if I hadn’t liked my own?’

‘You’re all heart.’

‘I’m a realist. You’ll have to keep fit and stay with me.’ Dora passed him a scythe. ‘Get cutting those nettles. I’ll pick up after you. As usual.’

 

 

Written by Sarah Ann

May 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

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