Published October 24, 2012 by rochellewisoff

Well here’s my story for this week’s prompt. This is one of my own photos that I snapped in a little, off the road cafe in Alaska. Good memories of a good time. I’ve started a file and thus far have some good ones to choose from for next week. My story a complete work of fiction. 98 words. 

Special thanks again to Madison Woods for initiating Friday Fictioneers and then entrusting me with her baby.

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

A stunning contradiction of cropped black hair, bronzed skin and sea foam-blue eyes, Aggie McKewen’s face reflected her Inuit and Scottish parentage.

Keith, who worked at his uncle’s café in Seward County, Alaska, longed to speak to her but didn’t know sign language and she was fencepost-deaf.  Every Saturday he served her grilled salmon in shy silence.

After six weeks of night classes he felt ready to declare himself and ask her out.

With a voiceless giggle she snatched his pen and order pad. There she wrote, “I’d love to but why did you call me a tampon?”


83 comments on “OF SIGHT AND SOUND

  • Sounds like there was a typo in his message. So far, I’ve never called anyone a tampon, at least not a soiled one, Although, I do think I referred to someone one as a used prophyla–ctic one time, an unfortunate miscommunication on my part. It’s amazing how easily some people are offended . . . .

    Loved your story Rochelle and looking forward others inspired by this photo.


  • Hi Rochelle: Love the photo. Love your humorous story. I’m getting off to a slow start this week. Once again…”life interferes with art” ..Thanks for the chuckle.


  • Great photo Rochelle. And a charming vignette too with some thought provoking phrases in there. Loved ‘sea foam blue eyes’ and ‘fence-post deaf’. I also revisited the debate on Scotch or Scottish but with no apparent conclusion – there’s a common perception that ‘scotch’ should only be used with specific products, eg food and drink (scotch egg, scotch broth) but then I remembered ‘scotch mist’ … Thanks for exercising my brain at what is, for me, an ungodly hour. 🙂


    • And thank you, Sandra, not only for your compliments but for the lesson as well. You’ll note that I changed it to Scottish. It’s akin to the lesson I received from my Japanese daughter in law: Oriental refers to rugs and Asian refers to people.


  • Dear Rochelle,

    Maybe he only called her a Tarpon, which is a Florida gamefish, if I’m not mistaken. Not much of an improvement, but you never know.

    I liked Aggie’s name and her sea foam blue eyes and the earnest nature of Keith. Six weeks of study should be rewarded.

    So how’s that bus seat feeling now? Your feet reaching the floor?




  • Wow… right out of the gate with your story… only 98 words… tsk tsk… well, you are in charge, so we’ll let it slip this week. I will ruminate over this photo and be back tomorrow…


  • Hi Rochelle,
    Thanks so much for riding herd on this crew! A tampon, how romantic! You have a wicked sense of humor. Used to have a boss who was born in Scotland. He told me scotch is whiskey, but the people are Scottish. Thought you’d want to know this meaningless piece of trivia. Ron


  • Aw, such a cute little romance – I hope things work out for them. There’s hope at least – Keith is earnest and she has a sense of humour about his mistakes. Great story!
    Thank you for taking the helm, Rochelle. I’m looking forward to many happy Fridays to come!


  • Thanks Rochelle. This is lovely – so much said and so tight. Loved the fencepost-deaf and Aggie’s eyes. I’m sure they were twinkling at Keiths mis-sign.


  • Ha Ha. A funny one. At least they can communicate on paper if not verbally in the same language. Romance can always find other ways to communicate if one can be creative enough LOL


  • Rochelle,
    I remember seeing this picture back in the, just as I was realizing that Friday Fictioneers was a thing. Seems like a long time ago, eh?
    I’ve had similar mistakes in language learning as this guy, but probably not any quite as embarrassing. If I did, the other person was polite enough not to tell me. 🙂


    • Dear David,

      I’m so pleased you came back here and took the time to comment. It does seem like a long time ago and, then again, not so much. It’s really sped by and I can’t believe I’m going into my third year. it still boggles my mind that Madison entrusted her baby to me as I had only been a participant for six months.

      As for the story, there are always communication problems when two people are involved, but he did take it to a new level, didn’t he? I still think he deserves credit for going the extra mile to speak with her. I’m sure Aggie appreciated it, too. In my mind Aggie and Keith are still together. 😉

      Thank you again,




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