Friday Fictioneers – Paris

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 on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

FF - Paris in a tin can 200422

PHOTO PROMPT © C E Ayr

Paris

We were unpacking in our new apartment when I found the photograph.

“Do you remember giving me this?”

“How could I forget?” Jeremy stroked the nape of my neck, and I shivered.

The panoramic shot of Paris by night was stunning, but sadly the worse for wear. It was peeling from its mounting, and it carried a smell of mud from when we’d been flooded in Somerset.

We’d fought over it during our trial separation.

“I’m glad we’re back together,” I say as I move to the window. Jeremy takes my hand, and together we gaze over Paris by night.

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58 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Paris

    • Dear Iain
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I found the prompt very stimulating, and immediately had the idea of a couple not needing the tattered photo any more because they had the real thing.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Tannille
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Maybe the picture can be restored. Maybe the wife will just pack the photo away with other treasures, like her wedding gown. Whatever. It’s played its part in saving their marriage.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Sandra
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Even though I can’t travel physically because of lock-down, I can travel in my imagination – and when I imagine Paris, I feel happy!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Well, of course you imagined bad things – this is Friday Fictioneers, the home of murder, mayhem and divorce!
      But when I think of Paris, I feel happy. I had my first taste of haute cuisine there – 2 Michelin stars – and it was a revelation! And, of course, there are lots of other reasons for adoring the city. With feelings like that, a happy ending was inevitable!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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      • What lovely memories. I’ve only been once, when I was eleven. Coming from a small town, I found the place rather intimidating. Probably prefer it now, having lived in a city for years.

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    • Dear Ali
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I like Paris a great deal. It makes me smile when I think of it. I couldn’t write a story with a downbeat ending. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  1. This was lovely, Penny. I always believe that a couple who has had a struggle and come back together is all the stronger for it – of course, this is assuming both did their part, which I believe your couple has. Sweet and real!

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    • Dear James
      Thank you for reading and commenting with such insight. Yes, yes, yes!!! Shared memories are essential. They are part of the shared storyline of a couple, and life together doesn’t make sense without a shared narrative.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Fatima
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Your interesting suggestion “I like it that they sound settled in a city that they both clearly love.” makes me wonder to what extent location influences the success or failure of a marriage…
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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