Friday Fictioneers – Rear Window


There are two possibilities—the Smiths have got themselves a dog or a baby. The chewy toys drying on their line are consistent with either. Yet, there is no  barking, nor also wailing.  

I shift my plaster cast to a more comfortable position on the stool and reach for the binoculars. Nothing moves next door except Mrs Smith ironing. Whoever or whatever plays with those toys is not visible. Silent? Invisible? That can mean only one thing—a soundproof, locked room. And that can mean only one thing.

I dial. “Hello? Police? I’d like to report a kidnap gang.”


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

52 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Rear Window

  1. Your protagonist need to use an ultra-telephoto lens and sound like Jimmy Stewart. lol, sorry, I used to watch too much Hitchcock. I think the police will need more info to get a search warrant, but then, maybe I’m wrong.

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  2. It is awkward. How do you explain being deeply interested in your neighbours and suspect there is a crime, when you end up wasting police time.? Yet, people do. It’s that feeling of having done nothing and feeling guilty if your suspicion is played out. Your story hits the theme on the head.

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  3. This man need to get on his computer and join his local “neighborhood” Facebook chat page. All such mysteries are resolved there among like minded folks, usually without help from Interpol. Fun story, Neil.

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  4. Well that original “I wonder” sure escalated. Nosey neighbour needs to find himself something else to do with his time as he heals from whatever has landed himself in a plaster cast.

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  5. Yes, I detected the Hitchcock vibes, too. I pity people who have nothing better to do than watch their neighbours with binoculars. Why doesn’t he learn hacking, then he’d be after real secrets… 😉

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  6. That’s quite the jump to conclusions. Now I’m thinking of all the other possibilities, like relatives with young children coming to visit soon. 🙂 I’m guessing this guy has called the police before. Great story.

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