Friday Fictioneers – Taboo

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!

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PHOTO PROMPT © DAVID STEWART

Taboo

Stephanie sat outside the cafe, enjoying the evening and yet grieving for what had been lost during lockdown – spontaneous embraces, laughter for no reason other than joie de vivre.

She saw Michel, and waved. It was such a shame that lockdown came just as they were getting to know each other. He smiled, walked across, and sat down.

“Aren’t we supposed…?”

“You don’t mind…?”

They spoke simultaneously, and smiled.

“Sorry…”

“I beg your…”

This time they laughed.

“Would you have dinner with me?” asked Michel, taking Stephanie’s hand.

Her smile said yes. Her breath came fast at his forbidden touch.

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56 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Taboo

    • Dear Josh
      Thank you for reading and for your perceptive comment. Touch is essential to our well-being and there are too many people starved of human contact. It’s a heavy price to pay to protect hose of us who are vulnerable.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Joy
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Takeaway might be safer, but a restaurant is more glamorous, don’t you think? I’d never thought of romance in Zoom chatting but I can see what you mean about building the suspense!
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Bjorn
      Thank you for reading and commenting. That’s a very interesting comment. I wonder which decisions are better made under pressure, and which are worse…Thanks for the thought!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Minister
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes it’s very odd altogether. Were your feelings very mixed about the touch when the man handed you your beer? I could imagine a certain delight in the touch of a stranger, mingled with fear and even perhaps revulsion.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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      • Dear Mags
        Thank you for reading and commenting so kindly. The buildings in the prompt reminded me of some parts of France – Strasbourg, for example – so I gave the characters appropriately French names and used the expression joie de vivre.
        With very best wishes
        Penny

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