Friday Fictioneers – Fresh Start

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!


An apology to Rochelle. When I first accessed the prompt this morning, my computer didn’t give me Roger’s prompt, so I went with Rochelle’s photo.

Fresh Start

White, pinched faces. Clothes that had once been smart, now heavy with grime and the sweat of fear.

The older woman kept glancing apprehensively at the younger, seeking reassurance. She sat lop-sided, as if she had been injured and never quite recovered.

“You are from Armenia?” I suggested. I could only imagine what they had been through.

The two women exchanged glances, and then the younger nodded assent.

“I have friends who will take care of you, if you like. They will help you learn English.”

The younger spoke to her companion, who wept.

“Thank you, sir,” she answered.

Inlinkz – click here to join the fun!

38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Fresh Start

  1. It’s really sad, the horrors humans inflict on each other. The outcome needs to be personalised through stories to show people are individuals. Maybe then, collectively wars and genocide might end.

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  2. Dear Penny,

    So much said in a few words. At least these two found an empathetic soul to help them. The younger woman in the photo is my maternal grandmother who was indeed an immigrant.
    Sorry about the prompt snafu. It would seem your facilitator forgot to post it.



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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for your kind comment. I hope your grandmother hadn’t had too dreadful a time before arriving in the USA.
      Thank you, too – in fact, a great big rousing cheer – for all you do in moderating Friday Fictioneers. It’s a super challenge and I’ve learned a lot from all the writers who respond to your weekly prompt.

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  3. Penny,
    We tend to lump them all together with the term refugees, but they each have a tale to tell of fear, suffering and wounds that will take a lifetime to heal. I’m glad these two have found a reprieve. Wonderfully written.

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    • Dear Dora
      Thank you for your thoughtful and compassionate response. You’re right – we do think of ‘refugees’ in the abstract, and probably we shouldn’t. As you say they each have a tale to tell, needs to be met and a richness and diversity they can bring to our culture.

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  4. Great story. really pulls the heartstrings. I, too, had that issue with the images this week. It wasn’t until I got on my computer that I got the other photos. That said, these pics within themselves are excellent prompts for inspiration. Love how you spun this tale.

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