3 August 2018

Published August 1, 2018 by rochellewisoff

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As always, please be considerate of your fellow Fictioneers and keep your stories to 100 words. (Title is not included in the word count.)  Many thanks. 

Note- I am out of town this week so my replies and comments will be delayed. Thank you for understanding. Shalom, Rochelle

The next photo is the PROMPT. Remember, all photos are property of the photographer, donated for use in Friday Fictioneers only. They shouldn’t be used for any other purpose without express permission. It is proper etiquette to give the contributor credit. 

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100

ANNIVERSARY WALTZ

            “Oh how we danced on the night we were wed.”

            Charlene remembers the song the band played for their first dance as man and wife. With his wavy blond hair, Larry was her Prince Charming.

            His hot breath in her ear gave her shivers when he sang, “Two hearts gently beating were murmuring low.”

            An unrestrained belch brings her back to the present. His golden curls are long gone, but his eyes remain as blue as ever. She leans her head on his shoulder.

            His hot breath still gives her shivers when he sings “My darling, I love you so.”

****

NOTE ON MY PROCESS

(not required reading. 😉 )

Without a doubt, there are some of you scratching your heads, wondering how I came up with this story from that photo. I understand. As briefly as possible I will try to explain. At first glance the photo said “Dust in the Wind.” (dry leaves, etc) From there my mind took me to crumbling relationships like marriages that end up being anything but “Happily Ever After.” From there I looked up the lyrics to the Anniversary Waltz. Somehow, my muse decided that my story should have a happy ending. So there you have it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉 

Shalom,

Rochelle

118 comments on “3 August 2018

    • Dear Neil,

      I started out with a crumbling relationship but at the last minute, the muse decided that there was still fire in the relationship. That’s also part of the process…going one way and going another direction instead. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I love the reassuring note of reality you inserted in the fourth para. Hopefully his “hot breath” didn’t emanate from a bowl of chilli con carne. And thank you for the note on process. I love an oblique take on a prompt, and you did this well.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      Fascinating photo. I really had no idea what it was, glad you explained. It’s always fun to see where people will go with a picture like that. 😉 Well, most of the time. :/ Okay…sometimes.
      You know me…rarely a slave to the prompt. Thank you for your kind words. 😀 And thank you for the photo.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Fatima,

      When I first started the story, I had the title and the theme. Originally, I really planned to have her be brought back to the present with the belch with disillusionment. Then it occurred to me that the story would be more effective with a happy ending. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Trent,

      I read once that true love isn’t when a couple’s on a date and his car runs out of gas and she says she loves him. It’s years later when they’re sitting on the sofa and he runs out of gas and she still says she loves him. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Josh,

      If it had been a photo of a porcelain dragon there would’ve been at least 50 original stories about talking dragons or poor souls trapped inside the dragon for centuries. Just saying. Thank you re my story and thank you for being one who leaps out of the box and swims against the flow of the masses.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Kelvin,

      Have laptop, will travel, but not a lot of time to spend at the computer. I’m visiting my one and only sibling, my brother in North Carolina. I’m glad you enjoyed not only my story but my explanation of how I got from point A to point B by way of Point R. 😉 Thank you for your lovely comment.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I’m glad you chose to celebrate enduring love in this week’s story. It’s never perfect – the golden curls don’t last – but the underlying deep affection can last a lifetime. Lovely story, Rochelle!
    Shalom
    Penny

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    • Dear Bjorn,

      For love to last it takes a lot of work and understanding. Gold turns to gray. Lithe figures fill out. Adversity either tears us apart of melds us together. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Fun process, sweet story, I think I saw a little Russell G influence in there. And don’t these writers have anything better to do with their time? I went to add my story and there are 33 stories before mine!!!

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    • Dear Ted,

      I’m always happy to see you here. Speaking of Russell G i haven’t seen the red of his clown nose this week. What’s up with that? And what could be a better use of time than writing flash fiction and sharing it with friends? 😉 Re my story and process, thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • don’t have much time, library only gives 30 min. Just wanted to pop in and say to Sandra Cook…what an AWESOME pic this week. Leaves me with the image of a “hillbilly” wailing wall. And leaves me wondering if I can incorporate such a contraption into the next Hope Ranch book I just started writing…. Rochelle, HAHA, I love it! That happens to be one of our favorite songs and about the only one that I can play on my keyboard with any accuracy. It’s beautiful, and eerie…and, I got your process notes totally. I was thinking about walls…hence, the wailing wall analogy…. well, I’m off… only a few minutes left here.

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    • Dear Jelli,

      As you can see, I’m late getting around to commenting and replying. Having a quiet moment at my brother’s house with laptop on my lap. 😉 I’m glad you found time to write a story…and a darn good one at that.
      The Anniversary Song has been a favorite of mine since childhood. ❤ 😀 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Love transcending belches. Powerful thing love. I enjoyed understanding, ‘I think’ how you got to this piece of flash. The prompt picture has certainly created a diverse range of responses.

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    • Dear Dawn,

      I’m always happy to see FF’rs see more in the prompt that what’s literally there. I never mind a story that has me scratching my head asking, “how did you get there?” particularly if it’s a good story. 😉 Thank you for such a wonderful comment. You made me blush.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Thanks for explaining how you got from the picture to the story. There have been a few times I’ve read the stories and gone, “huh? How does that fit?” And yes, a good love story is so much better than a breaking of the heart one.

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    • Dear Stu,

      You may have noticed that I’m not a slave to the prompt. 😉 If ever you can’t figure out how I got from a particular prompt to my story, feel free to ask. There’s usually a method to my madness. 😀 Re my story, thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I was one of those going ‘huh’ but I get the process. The great thing about photo fiction is everyone sees something different, which gives us a wide variety of stories to read. Inspiration, like beauty, is in the eye of beholder. Or maybe the pen of the ‘holder’. Thanks for sharing your creative process.

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  • A touching story, Rochelle. On the surface of it, your couple has fared better than mine. However, my husband and wife each enjoy their solitude and don’t want to live in each other’s pockets, although there is that evolving sense that maybe her husband is spending too much time in the shed but more out of concern. The big question mark for couples of a certain age is the dreaded A word.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    • Hi yourself,

      Amid your building bookshelves and braving blustering winds, it’s a bonus that you took the time to read and comment. It’s a bonus to read your voice to brighten my morning. Thank you, my friend.

      R.

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