Friday Fictioneers: And The Sun Shone Down…


friday-fictioneers*Arrgh! I did it again! Posted this to my blog this morning, and forgot to add my link. Alas, to the bottom of a long list I go…*

Join us each week for the best of flash fiction, with Friday Fictioneers. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields hosts writers from all over the world, on her site Addicted to Purple.  The challenge is to write a 100 word (or less) story, with a beginning, middle and end,  from a photo prompt. Add your own story, or check out the other wonderful tales. This week’s photograph comes from Dave Stewart.

©David-Stewart

©David-Stewart

(100 words)

Villagers diligently went about their business: setting up the weekly market of food vendors and artisans. Tourists would flock here to purchase the finest local wares, and gifts to bring home. For locals, the market was the best place to socialize, while purchasing fresh produce and meats.

The sun burned strongly in the sky. Late spring flowers added color to an already vibrant community. Mothers carried their babies; children chased each other around the stalls and carts; fathers sat in the shade, smoking and discussing crops.

As the giant wave built up velocity, no one manned the warning bell.

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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73 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: And The Sun Shone Down…

  1. helenmidgley says:

    That was brilliantly done, lulled me in with such beautiful imagery, then WHAM you blew the bloody doors off, 😉

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  2. Lovely use of description to paint a word picture and a surprising and threatening twist at the end. Well done as usual.

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  3. El Guapo says:

    Love me a good impending horror story.
    Great set up!

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  4. Oooh such a happy but tense story… Well done!

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  5. I was lulled into anticipation of the summer farmer’s market and then you pulled it all away. Excellent.

    janet

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  6. K.Z. says:

    nooo…. the imagery was so lovely that i didn’t see that one coming. well done. 🙂

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  7. I actually gasped and my hand flew to my mouth at the last line, Dawn. Talk about emotional impact!

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  8. Perry Block says:

    I only wish I knew how to surf! Well done shocker ….

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  9. DCTdesigns says:

    Dawn this was fabulous. I was shocked at the end. But then suddenly felt that perhaps it was for the best. They were together in loving community at the end. Not the worst way to go.

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  10. atrm61 says:

    Ye Gods!Here I was reading and enjoying the daily humdrum of a beautiful county market and you punched me with that last line-exceptional!Loved it:-)

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  11. I think that like your story the power of the tsunami is in it’s element of surprise.

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  12. Wow, didn’t see that coming! In fact, I missed it and had to go back. I was all caught up in the beauty of Spring and a Farmers Market! I guess you can tell what I’m longing for. Ha! Nice job Dawn. I’m not sure I’ll be at FF this week as I jumped in and tried the speakeasy. I was so so nervous but so far great feedback so we will see! Maybe I can do this fiction stuff after all. 😉

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    • I think you can indeed do fiction! Personally, I’ve found that these prompts have really helped hone those skills. I really need to check out (or, figure out!) the Speakeasy venue, and other opportunities there. I don’t think I’ll do TL this week… not liking what it brings out in me, competing that way. Send me your link… I’ll check out your story there! Good luck!! 😀

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      • Deanna Herrmann says:

        Thank you! I think you’re right. It’s challenging to get it all done in 100 words which opens you up creatively. It was because of ff that I decided to try the speakeasy and that’s what I love about it too is that you don’t have to promote for votes. Here’s my story, prompt info at the end with a link to the speakeasy.
        http://mymutedvoice.com/2014/02/18/the-prophet/ Thanks!

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        • Thanks Deanna! Catching up on stories this morning, before I have to get to work on a fundraiser I’m chairing… love reading all of these great stories!

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          • Deanna Herrmann says:

            Oh of course! No rush. I appreciate you reading if you end up having time. Have a great day!

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            • I will MAKE time… You have a great day too!

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            • Hey Deanna, I tried posting a comment yesterday and today, and was unable, after multiple attempts. Arrgh. Great story! Here is the comment I’ve tried posting: Deanna, I read this twice… it is so haunting and real. It pulled me in, and shook me up. The narrator’s voice is so authentic and vulnerable, while the building tension is heavy and disturbing. I wanted to yell, run! Great job!!

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              • Deanna Herrmann says:

                That’s weird. I wonder why you couldn’t comment. Oh well. Thank you so much for the feedback and compliments! So nice to hear! Sadly, I didn’t win the challenge but the awesome feedback I received is well worth the participation. Plus I had fun! Come join us 🙂

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                • I am interested… but in the middle of a bunch of big planning events. I think it may take a few weeks. That said, I do want to email back and forth a bit, to figure that out. Seems I read the instructions and come away utterly perplexed. :-p Sorry it didn’t win, Deanna… it was a fantastic story!

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                  • Deanna Herrmann says:

                    Sure, Dawn! Just drop me an email when you have time and let me know what questions you have. Also, I’d need to know which challenge you’re interested in, I’m assuming the speakeasy which is fiction and poetry. The yeahwrite challenge is for non-fiction blog anecdotes and essays. That’s the one I have been doing until I tried the speakeasy this week. Anyway, let me know and I’ll try and help. Thanks again for reading my story!

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  13. susanissima says:

    Love the tension! You’re having fun with your 100 words…good on you!

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  14. Oh no… when your guard is down, I guess. Excellent build up, darling.

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  15. I so love a bit of peril. Your story builds so beautifully to the point of cataclysmic destruction I felt like I wanted to ring the bell myself.

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  16. wmqcolby says:

    Awesome! You nailed it with a home run ending. Wonderful!

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  17. I immediately thought of tsunami survivor stories from recent events and I also recalled this story which is full of writer prompts:

    http://www.newser.com/story/182400/ghost-exorcism-reports-haunt-post-tsunami-japan.html

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  18. Amy Reese says:

    You painted an idyllic picture of the calm before the storm! Great set up, nice writing!

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  19. This brings back uncomfortable images from the movie The Impossible about the big tsunami in Indonesia. Peace and safety, then sudden destruction.

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    • That movie was so much more impactful than I’d anticipated! We had friends who were in Indonesia with their 2 young boys for the tsunami; their story was harrowing! Very compelling photo this week, David. Thanks for that, and your feedback.

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  20. hugmamma says:

    Sad to say this might become more commonplace as a result of global warming…

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    • Is there a link between tsunamis and global warming, Mamma? I definitely think that the impact of population influences the death tolls and catastrophic outcomes. Either way, it does seem that we are seeing more of this. Thanks for the feedback, Hugmamma!

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  21. Wonderfully descriptive!

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  22. The memories of the Tsunami in 2004 is still in my memory.. this hit home

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  23. Dear Dawn,

    Deftly painted scene with a stunning ending. Just one nitpick. In the second paragraph your use of already in two sentences falls in the department of redundancy department. I would choose one sentence or the other. I’ll back off now.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  24. subrotop says:

    You painted such a charming picture and then gave a sobering reminder that life can change in an instant. Life can change in the blink of an eye, things can be so perfect one minute, and the next fall apart. Such is the nature of life.

    P.S My blogger account is being marked as Spam in WordPress, can you unblock me from your spam folder.

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    • Subrotop, your comment came through, so I’m thinking you didn’t get marked as spam here. Welcome to Tales From the Motherland; I appreciate you taking the time to read this story and share your thoughts. Stop by again; you are unblocked.
      😉

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  25. storydivamg says:

    And tragedy strikes. Good twist at the end.
    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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  26. rgayer55 says:

    Just another peaceful day until WHAM!

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  27. You paint such a vivid picture… But alas, there’s no one to ring the warning bell!

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  28. Oh God! An innocent, sunny story giving way to such horror! You gave me a mini heart attack with the last line. Well done!

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