Friday Fictioneers – At first sight

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!

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

At first sight

Standing at the grave-side with my children, I remember a shop on Down Island.

The window held an intriguing mixture of objects; stained glass fairies; crystals; natural remedies; and some brightly patterned kaftans.

Inside, the place smelled euphoric. The man behind the counter was smiling and humming.

“I like those kaftans. Could I try one, please?”

He glanced at his watch.

“Heavens! It’s quarter past one. Sorry, we’re closed. Open again tomorrow morning. It’s Beltane, you see.”

My face fell.

“Come with me,” he suddenly said. “There’ll be some great vegetarian food!”

Forty years we were together.

Goodbye, my love.

65 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – At first sight

    • Thank you for your kind words, Christine. It is strange how often couples seem predestined, isn’t it? I met my wife in London, but we discovered subsequently that we could just as easily have met in Cambridge. Even if parts of our history had been very different, we’d still have met, fallen in love and married!


  1. Aw, what a lovely story of love at first sight. And, I might add, a pleasant change from the many stories, including my own, that told a very different kind of tale–horror, bone-chilling. I really like your interpretation 🙂

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    • Thank you for such a delightful comment. The shop in the prompt reminded me of one in Glastonbury (a rather ‘alternative’ town,,,). I went to the door to go in, and found a hand-written notice saying, ‘Closed for Beltane’. So I went up the tor and joined in the festivities!

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