Friday Fictioneers – In the Keukenhof Gardens

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!

This week, I’m afraid my link to the prompt is tenuous. The picture is of a place in Holland, I think, so I’ve written a story set there.


In the Keukenhof Gardens

I walk, gravel scraping beneath my feet, and a gentle breeze stroking me like the tender fingertips of a lover. Scarlet and golden blooms murmur beside the dark lake, their scent glowing.

Faint music hangs like wood-smoke in the air, luring me onward.

The music swells, raucous dance-music on a mechanical organ rasping in a harmonious dissonance, while people laugh and applaud.

All the world’s emotion shrills through those organ pipes.

I sing.

I dance.

My tears flow warm and comforting as I see my part in the dance of life and rejoice that it holds so much of love.

Inlinkz – click here to join the fun!

37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – In the Keukenhof Gardens

    • Thank you for such an honest and open comment, Nobbin. I understand your comparing the experience to being in love, but it was actually (yes, it’s a true story) more mystical than that. Although love certainly came into it!

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    • Thank you for your kind comment, Michael. I’m glad you liked the images. The gardens are stunning to look at and walk through, and somehow extremely tranquil. Except for where they had the steam organ pumping out traditional dance music, of course!

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    • Thank you for your very thoughtful comment, Elmo. This is in fact a true story – well, as true as a writer of fiction is ever likely to manage! I can’t put it in a box that characterises it; there was an element of mysticism involved. It was a brief, very moving experience that brought both acute joy and sadness.


  1. Dear Penny,

    So full of beautiful description and feeling. Tenuous connection to the prompt is good enough for me. 😉 (It’s all about what you see). Thank you for taking us on a delightful emotional journey.



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    • Dear Rochelle,
      Thank you for your generous comment. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the emotional journey. It’s a true story (well, mostly true!) of an experience I had a few years ago, the memory of which I treasure.


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