Friday Fictioneers – Alpine Retreat

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!


Alpine Retreat

I knew as soon as I saw the chalet that I must possess it.

My sweet, my beloved Robert would have adored it. The door was weatherworn, coffin-dark; the walls were stone; the eaves – ah, those eaves! – were patterned in colours that once had been rich purple and glowing orange. Glorious!

It’s hard for a foreigner to buy property in Switzerland, but thanks to a smart lawyer I took possession in May. All summer I walked and wrote. I abandoned the world.

Then, when the winter came, I left the stove unlit. Gently, serenely, the chill bore me to Robert.

Inlinkz – click here to join the fun!

31 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Alpine Retreat

    • Thank you for your kind comment, Iain. Perhaps sometimes one can love too intensely, too exclusively? I left a clue in the first sentence (“possess”) that perhaps we had a pathological relationship here.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you for your lovely comment, and especially for reading so deeply into ‘I abandoned the world.’ I did indeed hope to persuade the reader to picture the main character becoming ever more solitary and other-worldly.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Penny, I had to read the story twice to allow myself to understand what happened at the end. Your story is beautiful and unbearably poignant. I like the description of place and the way she prepared herself to let loose of the bonds of the world to go and be with her loved one.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s