Friday Fictioneers – The Curtain

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Between the idea and the act falls the wish.

Between the encounter and the wish lies recognition.

He had stared through this window before.

Not outwards at the fence and the horses patient in the snow, nor inward with his nose pressed to the glass, but at the spider-lace curtains.

He was trapped in that gauzy sliver between here and there, between now and then.

Beyond those curtains lay another story he could not name.

Against the whiteness, a diffuse light mounted


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here.


62 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Curtain

  1. I like thinking about the liminal spaces and borders of perception. Question: When staring at the curtain lace, was the narrator inside or outside?

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  2. Fascinating piece of prose. Must say though, I’m a bit depressed by the thought that someones view of the world is through a manky set of lace curtains.


  3. I did promise I’d reveal the secret of the mystery this week, I’m afraid it’s much more prosaic than you might wish. I recognised the curtains from a previous prompt.I had looked through that window before and was completely trapped by the oscillation between the story I wrote for that prompt ( and the need to write something new. The last line of both stories is the same.


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