Friday Fictioneers – Love’s Fragrance

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Love’s fragrance

“Those are pretty flowers, Mommy!” Helen leaned across the table and stroked one of the petals very gently.

“Daddy gave them to me,” smiled Imogen. “Today is a special day – we’ve been married for ten years! They’re made of glass and metal, and the shiny yellow is real gold.”

“Do they smell nice?” asked Helen, doubtfully, leaning close to them and wrinkling her nose.

“I’m afraid not, honey, but they’re beautiful, aren’t they?”

While Imogen busied herself preparing supper, Helen ‘borrowed’ her mommy’s favourite perfume.

“Why, these roses smell just like you, darling!” exclaimed Mark when he returned that evening.

71 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Love’s Fragrance

  1. Dear Penny,

    What a sweet scented story. I wonder if Helen will escape punishment. I think she should. 😉 Lovely and imaginative.



    PS The roses are actually real. They dip them in some kind of lacquer and tip them with 24 K gold. My husband is fond of buying them for me for special occasions. 😀

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading and commenting so kindly, and thank you for the information about the flowers. I was sure the edging on the flowers was 24k gold – the shimmer is unmistakable. I’m interested that they are natural flowers encased in lacquer. That gives me a whole new story…
      I think they’re lovely – lucky you!
      Penny xx


    • Thanks for explaining the roses, Rochelle. I couldn’t quite place what they were and my only reference point was cemetery flowers, but these were clearly meant for indoors and had a gentle beauty that wouldn’t survive the weather. They’re rather beautiful.
      Best wishes,


    • Dear Jelli
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad you loved the story. I’m glad you could see the little girl spraying perfume on the roses – frowning with concentration as she made sure not to miss out any of them!
      With very best wishes

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  2. What a lovely story, Penny and I like how roses which don’t smell don’t make sense to the little girl and perhaps she also wanted them to smell like her mother. Hope she doesn’t get in trouble for going through her mother’s perfume. Kids are usually very heavy handed with it.
    My take also has a child in it this week.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Best wishes,

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    • Dear Na’ama
      Thank you for reading and commenting. We adults so often fail to be fully aware of life in the way that young children often are. Yay to all children for being open to the world!
      With very best wishes

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      • Yay indeed! One of the things I love so much about working with children and having children of all ages be such a close part of my life, is the ever-fresh view of the world they allow me a continued peek into. It is such a gift!

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