Friday Fictioneers – Writer in Lockdown

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Writer in lockdown

Cries and moans punctured the sky, a flight of bats escaping into the night. The church bells tolled and tolled ceaselessly for the dead. The scent of rosemary burning in the chafing dish irked Will’s nostrils, but at least it kept the stench of rotting corpses at bay. Mayhaps, Mistress Tomkins next door had succumbed, along with her babes, boarded as they were into their quarantine house.

And yet, the closure of the theatres gave Will time to write. His quill poised over the page. “A plague on both your houses,” he wrote. Aye, it had a ring to it.

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

73 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Writer in Lockdown

      1. Oh yes. This retired English teacher enjoyed pointing them out to glassy-eyed students who never realized Shakespeare’s stories often reflected the reality around him.

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  1. What a great line: “The scent of rosemary burning in the chafing dish irked Will’s nostrils, but at least it kept the stench of rotting corpses at bay.” As I read it I held my breath. That’s what I call good writing.

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  2. Very topical, Neil, from the writer in lockdown – at first I thought it was yourself from the title. Love the language in this story, and the positive twist at the end. Shakespeare in lockdown while the plague rages indeed.

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