Friday Fictioneers – Bauble

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

It felt nice. Generous. Whimsical. Someone had left a Christmas decoration on the tree by the fence. This brightened my morning, and I smiled, giving a little skip in the snow.

The next day, a stocking hung beside the shiny orb. I searched inside for chocolates, nuts and tangerines. But it was empty. That disappointed, and my heart sank.

A day later, and they’d tacked a sign on the stocking. “Fill me, cheapskate.” Now my environment was making demands with menaces. Fear squeezed, and I gulped in a breath of air.

After that, I followed a different route to work.


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

56 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Bauble

  1. I can’t think of a better example of someone being a killjoy. My fear would be the person is lurking around there watching those who approach these items. I think a lot of tv shows with the candid camera feature have a self-serving voyeuristic aspect similar to your story. Great atmospheric writing, Neil.


  2. An encapsulation of “modern” society — demanding instant gratification based upon “our” own selfish satisfaction. Or maybe just a good reason not to walk that way to work. Next time, take public transit, lol.

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  3. Awww … it seemed like someone was trying to make a connection with whoever would be daring enough to try to join in.
    Cute ending for your story since the protagonist didn’t want to join in.
    Have a super weekend, Neil … stay safe and be well 😷
    Isadora 😎

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