Friday Fictioneers – Friendship

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!



It was by chance that Jack saw the old lady at the first-floor window. Her paper-like face was agitated, and she beckoned to him.

Jack pushed past the market trader to the door below the window.

“Excuse me?” he called, climbing the stairs.

The old lady pressed a handwritten note and a $20 bill into Jack’s hand, pointing at the shop opposite. Jack nodded.

When he returned with a packet, the woman drank its contents with some water and the strain left her face. She handed Jack another note. “Come Friday next week?”

Jack smiled at her.

“Okay,” he said.

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47 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Friendship

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Dora. So many elderly people are left lonely aren’t they? I think that was part of what prompted Jack to befriend her – and, of course, as you say, he has a kind heart.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Gabi. I rather think it was a store selling traditional Chinese medicines. In my own mind I imagined its effectiveness to be at least as much due to the relief from loneliness as from any pharmacological properties. Course that’s just my thoughts – Jack might have just unwittingly supplied her with her regular dosage of crystal meth!

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    • Actually, Keith, I’m really pleased you say that. I definitely had darker possibilities in mind, in addition to the positive story. For example, I think that the old lady may be vulnerable to a conman; she may find herself trading congenial company for cash, and be happy enough to pay. Why was Jack looking at the first floor windows anyway?
      I was trying for complexity, but I think that, as usual, I’ve tried too hard…!


  1. That’s a very sympathetic relationship they have there. The old lady seems to be in a bad way, but at least he’s helping her in whatever way he can. I hope the bottle doesn’t contain anything too damaging to her health.

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