Life Grows On: Friday Fictioneers

Sadness enters everyone’s life at one time or another. Sometimes we have to borrow from other people in order to overcome the starkness of events. This young man borrowed something that…

Each week Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic to write a 100 word story about.

This week it’s a sad ficton with hope restored but at a small cost to someone else’s happiness.

Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields

Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields

Life Grows On

Aaron looked at the grim courtyard which, though bare, was no contrast to the stark elegance of his family’s dinner setting.

His neighbor. Mrs. Kettle, tendered an out-of-place pot of red flowers just below her window, which she watered daily, and loved dearly.

Aaron, oppressed by the severity of the room, the courtyard, and the realization the mourners would arrive shortly for their meal, slipped into the courtyard and repositioned Mrs. Kettle’s prize onto the middle of the table.

His spirits lifted, though Mrs. Kettle’s would certainly fall, not knowing the pot had only been temporarily repositioned.

Randy Mazie


29 thoughts on “Life Grows On: Friday Fictioneers

  1. There’s no reason he couldn’t have phone and left a message on her answerphone then? Nice departure from your usual style – it pays to ring the changes. Well done.

    • Gosh, you guys are killing me.

      Mrs. kettle didn’t have a phone. She was living on social security, her husband had passed. the flowers were the only thing she could afford. What the hell do you want. We only are allowed 100 words.

      You guys are killing me. I’ll be sending you a full refund shortly, too, along with Janet.

  2. Dear Randy,

    Nu? If the flowers gave him a little nachas Mrs. Kettle should be happy…well, that is when she finds out, right? After all, it’s only temporary and he won’t harm the flowers.

    A rather poignant tale. Nice one.



  3. You’ve created such a mood here that the room does need to be lifted with that flash of red. I’m sure Mrs. Kettle will recover once the flowers are returned and put it down to a senior moment.

  4. As long as Mrs. Kettle doesn’t know and he’s just borrowing it, I don’t think it does any harm, Randy. Please don’t get upset again, okay. I realize you’re doing the best you can with just 100 works. Take it easy; well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

  5. Dear Randy, I heard that Mrs. Kettle fell down and broke her hip, so he was really doing her a favor of watering and taking care of the flowers. I loved your story and loved your replies too! Nan 🙂

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