Friday Fictioneers – Before my journey

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!


Before my journey

It will soon be time for my long journey, but I couldn’t leave without visiting the river one last time.

I have watched it in all its guises; spate when it is beaten to a cappuccino froth, and roars like a locomotive; a quiet trickle after weeks without rain; best of all, full but tranquil, with fish hiding in the shadows. I have seen kingfishers, and, once, an otter.

Today I have been blessed with warmth from dappled sunshine – but now it fades.

It will soon be time for my long journey.

I shall go gentle into that good night.

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48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Before my journey

  1. Penny,
    First thank you for sharing your lovely photograph with us FFs. Reading your story made me thankful for all such moments of “warmth from dappled sunshine” that come to us by grace and which lead us to a new horizon. There is no room for rage here,”against the dying of the light.”

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    • Dear Dora
      Thank you for your comment, which is full of insight. A heart full of gratitude for grace has little room for rage, and we only lose the light of this world to have it replaced by the greater light of heaven.

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  2. Your story is as peaceful and warm as the photograph. Accepting of what must be can bting calm. Mind you, I don’t know if I could be so accepting facing approaching death, unless I’d be, say, 111 or so. 🙂

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    • Dear Gabi
      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment.
      I don’t think any of us knows how we will face approaching death until it happens. One of the advantages of writing fiction is we can try out different approaches to situations, isn’t it?

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    • Thank you for your kind comment, Athling. I understand why you find the end scary, but the woman in the story has had a full life, and feels gratitude for her life. She consciously accepts what is happening as being natural and inevitable, and as a result she is at peace.


    • Thank you for your kind comment, Plaridel. Her long journey is death; she’s terminally ill and has only days to live. However, she has lived a good life and is tranquil, because she is grateful for all she has experienced.

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