Morning Breather: Friday Fictioneers 31 March 2017

It’s time for more Friday Fictioneers! I’ve got The Widow Teal on my brain with Camp NaNoWriMo starting tomorrow, so I decided to incorporate the characters into today’s flash fiction.

This time, I’m writing about Arty, Jerrica’s friend and supporter – and a retired detective who is recovering from his last (and hardest) case. Through today’s story, we glimpse at what his life was like before he landed in Jerrica’s neck of North Carolina.


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Morning Breather by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman
[100 words]

Foghorns cut through the silence of the overcast morning. Arty sat on the weathered front porch of his rented house gazing across the marina before him and slowly sipped his coffee. The bitter liquid burned as he swallowed, his throat sore from the effects of the whiskey used to chase away ghosts the night before.

His eyes bounced from one polished boat to another: Salty Mermaid, Seas the Day, Full of Ship.

Once beacons of dreams, the vessels now represented something different. He holstered his gun, picked up the case file, and whispered to himself, “Time to catch a killer.”


To read more entries in Friday Fictioneers, visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ website.

Thanks to Fatima Fakier Deria for providing the photo prompt.


Friday Fictioneers: Morning Breather

© 2017, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman. All rights reserved.

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6 thoughts on “Morning Breather: Friday Fictioneers 31 March 2017

  1. Gah Learner

    Great voice and atmosphere, and I love the boats’ names.

    1. Thank you! I admit that I found Seas the Day on google. 😉

  2. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

    Dear Stephanie

    A lot of story in those 100 words. You left me wanting to know more. Well done.



    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle. I love Arty. He’s one of my favorites in The Widow Teal.

    1. Thank you so much, Dale! Happy April!

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