Friday Fictioneers – Happy Birthday

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 - Happy Birthday - 200611

PHOTO PROMPT © RONDA DEL BOCCIO

Happy Birthday

“What are we going to give Mum for her birthday?” asked Sandra.

James shrugged.

“A brooch?”

“What good is that? She never wears a jacket.”

“I dunno. Helen’s your mum not mine.”

“We’ve got to think of something special. It’s her seventieth after all.”

“A track day in a supercar?” James ducked. “No! Only joking!”

By eight o’clock on her birthday Helen was looking down at Buckfast Abbey, all sharp-angled shadows in the sunshine. The hot air balloon carrying her drifted serenely over the Devon countryside. She sipped vintage champagne whose bubbles prickled her nose.

“What a birthday!” she murmured.

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37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Happy Birthday

  1. Dear Neil
    Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m sure Helen would have been up for the track day, but slow reactions and general physical wear and tear might make it hazardous! Besides, you can’t drink champagne and drive…
    With very best wishes
    Penny

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    • Dear Ali
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I think she may have enjoyed the supercar provided she didn’t have to park it. And of course she does like a glass of champagne, which doesn’t go well with driving a 200 mph machine…
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear CE
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad the story made you laugh. And thank you for reminding me about Buckfast being the choice of the less desirable elements of Scottish society.
      Cheers!
      Penny

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    • Dear Jolly
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right, it’s very difficult to find the right present. Helen was lucky that her daughter was imaginative.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear James
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Buckfast Tonic wine – hmmmm! Don’t think so. That would be a bit harsh even for a fictional character. But the view of the Abbey from above was stunning!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Francine
      Thank you for reading and commenting so thoughtfully. It’s lovely when children know their parents well enough to give them such an adventurous birthday present!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  2. She was fortunate to have calm and sunny weather on her birthday, allowing her to enjoy the hot air balloon ride. I like your description of Buckfast Abbey as “all sharp-angled shadows in the sunshine”.

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