Friday Fictioneers – Obsession

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

She was a goddess, a liminal deity of boundaries and of spaces in-between.

“Give me wine, men, and song,” she would say. Sometimes she would grin and say “Wine, women, and song would do just as well.”

Of course, she inducted me into the ways of love and, of course, I became wholly her creature. Her touch thrilled and, yet, drenched me in a frenzy of self-loathing.

When at last it ended, as it had to, and she cast me into the darkness, she gifted me a fine St. Emilion and a song I could sing forever.


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

66 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Obsession

  1. I love this story; there’s so much to admire. She was ‘a liminal deity of boundaries and of spaces in-between’. Wow – gorgeous writing! And ‘she gifted me a fine St. Emilion and a song I could sing forever.’ Either of the gifts on its own would have made a good conclusion to your story. The fact that they are so different from each other (material as against intellectual or spiritual; sense of taste as against sense of hearing; transient as against eternal) makes their combination a real piece of art. Kudos!

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  2. I want to write this well when I grow up. Poetic prose.
    I so enjoyed this story and how you crafted it, Neil. I was just reading about ‘romantic obsession.’ What fantastic stories it gives us!

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  3. I liked her from the start. She’s doing what men have seen as their privilege for ages. But where men would be seen as virile and lusty, she’s seen as a dark, life-draining creature by some. Too bad that the narrator feels self-loathing but s/hes probably a product of the morals of her/his culture and time. The ending is perfect though, and so is your writing.

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