Friday Fictioneers: 24 March 2017

This week marks my first time participating in the Friday Fictioneers prompt hosted by author Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I’ve been eying it for a few weeks now, but I wanted to wait until I had the website transition complete. I’m so excited to be part of this community.

Flash fiction, or telling a story in limited words, usually 1500 words or less, has been a great friend of mine as an exercise tool. I love writing snippets of stories when I’m stuck in one of my larger writing projects. It gives me time to breathe new characters into my soul to clean house of the cobwebs that come with working on the same story for several months.


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However, 100 words? This micro fiction format is new to me. I’m looking forward to the weekly challenge to create a complete story – beginning, middle, and end – all in less than one-sixth the length of a typical blog post. (For the record, I’m eight words over.)

Friday Fictioneers for 24 March 2017

This week’s prompt can be found here. Thanks to J. Hardy Carroll for providing the photo.

Read more great fiction from other participants here.

 

Runaway
by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

The leaves were like cannons blasting under my feet as I ran through the trees, blood trailing behind me from the cracks in my soles. That smell was going to lead them straight to me.

The fear in me was deafening even though the rest of the woods were silent. All I could hear was shouting men and barking dogs. Those sounds coming from the slave catchers right behind me was the only thing that scared me more than the house behind the iron fence.

What if the whispers were wrong? It had to be one of them stations if my baby was to have a chance.

 

Runaway by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

© 2017, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman. All rights reserved.

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17 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: 24 March 2017

  1. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

    Dear Stephanie,

    The fear and tension are tangible in this story. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. It’s a great exercise in word conservation and, also, a lovely global community. Reciprocation in reading and commenting makes it great fun.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    1. Thanks for the welcome, Rochelle! I’ve been making my way through the entries between momming. It make take me the weekend, but I can’t wait to read all of them. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, Stephanie. And what a debut! Just one suggestion. You say the woods were silent and in the next sentence we hear shouting and dogs barking, 100 words is tough, isn’t it?

    1. SO true! Thank you for the feedback. I had in my mind that it was quiet except for the sounds of those in chase, with her focusing on those. The noise was deafening to her, but silent to the rest of the world because of her fear. You’re so right… 100 words is tough! I love it.

  3. Intense and dramatic. Welcome.

    1. Thank you, Iain! I’m so glad to be joining everyone.

  4. You made this scene very real! Welcome to the FFs.

    1. Thank you, Christine! I’m so glad to be a part of it.

  5. Keep that baby safe. Nicely written.

    1. Thanks, Jo! The first thing I pictured was a local house that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. It just clicked for me how many mothers were running.

  6. Welcome, Stephanie! It is a fabulous community and you will see… this 100-word challenge is soooo addictive!
    Great entry!

    1. I’m really enjoying all of the entries! It’s taking me a while between tasks to get through all of them, but I’m enjoying them so much. This will be a great way to practice and connect. I’m so glad that I found everyone.

  7. I love this, it’s so full of drama and action. I hope she’s found the safe place she’s been looking for. And welcome! I hope you’ll have as much fun with the challenge as the rest of us have. As Dale said, it’s addictive.

    1. I can already see how addictive…. I can’t wait for this week’s photo prompt to pop up. It’s definitely the challenge that I needed. 🙂

  8. Well done. Vivid scene! Welcome!

    1. Thank you, Carl! I’m so glad to have found this group. What a great bunch of people – and talented, too!

  9. Welcome Stephanie. This is awesome. The fear and hope at the end clearly came through. Well done.