Friday Fictioneers – Who Cares?

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!

PHOTO PROMPT (C) ROGER BULTOT

Who Cares?

‘I used to work there,’ he said, softly. ‘You wouldn’t think it, would you?’

He gestured towards the bank’s headquarters, a temple of Mammon rising, ethereally beautiful, far above the surrounding buildings. Brilliant itself with reflected light, it cast deep shadow over the church opposite.

I handed the down-and-out a cup of coffee and a hot meat pie, and sat down beside him.

‘Do you have anywhere to go tonight? Snow’s forecast,’ I said.

He shook his head.

‘Come,’ I said, taking his hand and leading him to the church. ‘You can sleep here. We’ll try and find somewhere permanent tomorrow.’

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35 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Who Cares?

    • Thank you for your kind comment, Keith. It was a lovely prompt, and gave me the storyline immediately. And reading other people’s stories, many seem to have found it stimulating.

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    • Thank you for your kind comment, Bill. As you say, someone cares – and it’s no coincidence that it is outreach from the church who is bringing help to this down-and-out. There are many things wrong with the church – we’re human, after all – but we’re called to reach out with love to those around us.

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    • As you say, Bill, kindness towards the lamb doesn’t dissuade the lion. But every act of caring for those who have been mauled by the lion is a step in the direction of a better and more civilised world.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Tannille. I think you’ve read deeply and accurately into the symbolism. I was mindful that although the church is now dwarfed by the temple of Mammon, once upon a time its architecture represented power wielded by the priests. Yes, true charity is on the ground, where the need is greatest. And, yes, the institutional church probably is too rich.

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    • Dear Yeah
      I don’t remember having seen you on FF before, so welcome!
      I am grieved to hear about the homeless in Philadelphia, but what you tell me of Project Home gives some encouragement.
      Best wishes
      Penny

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  1. A wonderful story with a positive and uplifting message, and such a great use of the picture. You know, I didn’t see the contrast between the tall skyscraper and the other, older buildings in the scene. All I could see were the ‘Plow’ sign and the shoes. Now, after reading your story, I look and wonder how I missed it.

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    • What a lovely comment, Margaret! I’m delighted that my story changed how you saw the picture – it’s what writing’s all about, isn’t it? We are so lucky in FF to have Rochelle choosing the prompts – she does it really well, and I’ve learned a lot from reading other people’s stories to the prompt.

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