13 May 2022

Published May 11, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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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 © Dale Rogerson

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 99


Art instructor Michael Townsend agonized over where he and his friends would go when developers tore down the abandoned warehouse the collective called home.

            Michael told them about a space he’d seen on one of his runs by Providence Place Mall. “There’s a gap between the walls. It’s an odd space but it could work. Artistic justice.”

            Eight artists moved lamps, furniture and electronics into their clandestine accommodations.

            After four years, mall police discovered the apartment and Michael was taken into custody.

            The criminal court judge, impressed by Michael’s sheer audacity, handed him a mere misdemeanor charge for trespassing.

*Trummerkind – Children of the Ruins

Michael Townsend

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64 comments on “13 May 2022

  • What a fascinating story. I had to click on the link to see exactly how they managed it! In these days of growing homelessness and cost of living crisis, you do wonder if this could actually be part of the solution. Good on them! 🙂

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  • Very cool story! Also, it is maddening sometimes to see empty buildings standing abandoned, rotting with loneliness, while there are those who need a roof over their head. There has to be a better way to manage this reality than to have empty shelters while humans seek shelter. …

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    I so love that they were able to live there for four years. I kinda wish the mall police had turned a blind eye… ‘course that would never happen. But still!
    Love how you got to this story from my photo! Wonderful that we learn in such a pleasant manner.

    Shalom and lotsa free love while it lasts,


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  • A cool idea to use up spare space and a great solution to the housing crisis! Shame that the fairy tale had to end. I have joined in for the first time. I just pinged you, as I am not sure I can add the linky tool. Thanks for the opportunity to practise and share my writing.


  • I’m so glad it was a group of artists hiding out in there and not a drug ring or criminal gang. Fascinating story and I echo the comments about homelessness and the current housing crisis, which is happening in my country too. Someone needs to apply some of Michael’s creative thinking more widely.

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