Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lost in Translation

PHOTO PROMPT – © Dee Lovering

In 1992 Christopher Columbus informed his parents that he was dropping out of university and would be travelling to an ashram in India in order to find himself.  

Financially secure, thanks to a trust fund setup by his late grandmother; he ranted against growing materialism and expressed a desire for a simpler life.

Three months later the consulate in Bahamas contacted his parents, Chris was in the prison charged with being drunk and disorderly.

In 1492 Columbus set sail in a search of a shorter route to India.  He remains till date probably the only man rewarded for getting lost.

Written for the Friday Fictioneers  Word Count : 100.  

To go on a journey with the other fictioneers you need to go here.  Each one leads to the right destination.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Seeking Stars

PHOTO PROMPT – © Douglas M. MacIlroy
After the snowstorm I stepped out under the pink hued sky.  The land was shrouded under a blanket of white, a place where only dedicated star gazers live. 

“Daddy is Grandma a star in the sky now?”

At night we huddle around telescopes staring at the night sky.

“Daddy do you think I too will be a star one day?”

I ran away from the city when the silence drove a wedge between her mother and me. Homing in on celestial lights I discover stars, nebulas, a cluster and even cold distant galaxies at the far reaches of the universe.

Written for the Friday Fictioneers  Word Count : 100

In memory of my parents whose 53rd anniversary would have been tomorrow.

The Friday Fictioneers stars themselves have been adding to the galaxy of stories.

I've been writing this while listening to some wonderful music which I must share with you.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bringing Home the Bacon

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

When my brother won the famed TV cooking show it was our mother’s proudest moment.  His winning dish; a salad of dandelion, jamón Ibérico de Bellota, poached quail's egg with walnut vinaigrette was hailed a masterpiece.  It was mandatory for visitors to watch a recording of the final. 

Mother revelled in his celebrity status so I called him to say that it seemed he was finally forgiven.

“You think so?” he queried.

“I know so,” I replied casting my mind to the time when the house went up in flames.  Bacon and eggs were off the menu for a while.

Written for the Friday Fictioneers  Word Count : 100

With so many interpretations of the photos, the Friday Fictioneers are a treat by themselves.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Train Spotter

PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

I was sixteen when my father’s cousin found a job for me in the city.  The prospect of earning money alleviated my parents’ misgivings.  The train travelled through a lawless area where armed bandits frequently robbed passengers at gun point.

I boarded the train with money strapped to my chest.  Ferocious looking men boarded my carriage and sat beside me.  Scared witless I kept awake the next eighteen hours maintaining eye contact.

As the trained reached my destination, the meanest looking man smiled and said, “Thank God we reached safely.  We were worried that you were a spotter for bandits”.

Written for the Friday Fictioneers  Word Count : 100

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Rest House

Copyright Lauren Moscato

It was bitterly cold when Paul Getty, Jr. saw a door and windows appear on the brick wall in the abandoned building at the end of the lane.

A vagabond of no fixed address he had changed his name by deed poll earlier in the year.  Rubbing his eyes he cursed the cheap Vodka that he had found in the street.

He clambered on to the back of the parked Ute and swung himself up.  The door opened to a cosy apartment and the warmth lulled him to sleep.

They found him next day frozen to death on the pavement.

Written for Friday Fictioneers. Word Count : 100

Last week I wrote my entry after the link had closed, this week I am on time and hopefully this time there will be visitors.