Friday Fictioneers – NYC – Storm Warning

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!


NYC – Storm Warning

It’s overcast, hot and humid, and a severe storm is forecast. But that will be later; I don’t need to hurry under cover.

From my café table, I marvel at the diversity of language. English, Yiddish, Polish, Arabic; hustling, speaking secrets, whispering words of love; even, in this city of Mammon, proclaiming the words of God. What a wonderful city it is, whose polyglot citizens live and work crammed together, rubbing shoulders, proud yet tolerant!

Heavy raindrops fall without warning. Even as I move towards shelter, there is an explosive brilliance. I topple. It’s growing dark. I can’t see.

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37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – NYC – Storm Warning

  1. Dear Penny,

    Your story fires on all cylinders as it touches all the senses. I could smell the air, the many different foods, and hear the various voices in their own languages. You had me back there in the midst of the throng in NYC. Well done.



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  2. Oy! I’d give you a hand if you needed one, which is another thing most people don’t know of NYC – we are pretty good at helping each other. And … we are also pretty ‘good’ at having those sudden out of the blue thunderstorms. Less so being struck by lightning, being hardly ever the tallest thing around in a skyscraper town … 🙂

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      • I think many people have a sense of solidarity with their community. It is often not called on until something is wrong or someone needs help, but, yeah, people can be very good to each other. Just as – as evident in the world today – be very very bad to many people they don’t even know, just because they feel they have the right to Gulag them.


  3. Great description of the crowds and their conversations, and the sudden arrival of the storm dispersing them. The ending takes it all to a new level – could be more than just a rainstorm that’s brought such darkness and confusion.

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    • Thank you for your perceptive comment, Margaret. You’re right to suspect that the event could have been more than just a rainstorm. (The synagogue in the photo prompt has been considered a potential target for terrorism).


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