Friday Fictioneers – Man of Mystery


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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Man of Mystery

Where’s Jack?

Usually at this time we’re sitting together in the bay window, sipping coffee, gazing at the Mediterranean, with the window open to catch the cry of the gulls and the fragrance of the rosemary bush outside.

He’s been banging about all morning. I heard the Hoover twenty minutes ago – but it’s not a day he usually cleans.

“Sorry the coffee’s late, Mandy.”

He puts it on the table.

“What have you been doing?”

He smiles. “International man of mystery, that’s me!”

The doorbell shrills. Jack answers, and feet stampede into the lounge.

“Hello, great-granny!” chorus our three great-grandchildren.

56 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Man of Mystery

    • Dear Sandra
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Jack has made up the beds, hoovered the bedrooms and cleaned the bathroom. He’d stocked up on food yesterday at Carrefour!
      With very best wishes


    • Dear Reena
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, it will be a great few days, and the visit will provide material for Jack and Mandy to talk about for months afterwards!
      With very best wishes

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading, and for your kind comments. I fear Jack is one of my more fantastical imaginings! (Only joking 😉 ). I’m glad you liked the ending.


    • Dear Francine
      Thank you for reading and for your very gracious comments.
      As soon as I saw the prompt I thought “Elderly couple” and “Mediterranean”. I had a very clear idea of a loving couple in their eighties who had retired to the Med about thirty years earlier. Mandy was now housebound, and Jack devoted all his energies into looking after her and finding things that they could enjoy experiencing together. Isn’t it odd how a really good photoprompt can do that?
      With very best wishes


    • Dear Abhijit
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You are right, Jack loves to break the monotony of his wife’s life with the occasional happy surprise.
      With very best wishes


  1. Somehow I feel great-granny was looking forward to a peaceful day. All the preparations and the shrill of the doorbell hint at disturbance. I think she’ll enjoy it in the end though.


  2. Such a beautiful story, with such a sweet surprise in the end. The couple’s love for each other is very clear, great characters.


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