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Toes in the sand at Old Orchard Beach

Pier and a pigeon. (Apr 17 2:48 p.m.)

It had been many a year since I visited this beach.

Closed until summer. (Apr 17 2:50 p.m.)

I remember visiting the Old Orchard Street— lined with stores, rides on the side… and pizza.  And more pizza.  I remember playing at the arcade.  The last time, however… I sat in my mother’s car parked along the street, and didn’t get out due to self-consciousness.

(Apr 17 1:49 p.m.)

On Wednesday, most everything was closed, and will remain closed until summer, of course.

(Apr 17 2:40 p.m.)

Even the pier was closed.  A parked truck blocked the entrance… I vaguely remember that being the case way back when too. Continue reading Toes in the sand at Old Orchard Beach

Friday Fictioneers: Hobbies and Interests

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt photo is by David Stewart of The Green-Walled Tower.

Always short on ideas, I began this silly story using a second prompt—the first line.  Initially, because I was watching listening to Mad Men, specifically “Time Zones”, I wrote Don Draper into the story.  But since I don’t want to get sued, I cut him out.  Enjoy.

Genre: Humor
100 words


[prompt image]
Copyright — David Stewart

That’s a strange way to say hello.

Before we spoke, Ralph kissed me on the cheeks.  I suppressed my urge to punch him in the face.  I knew it was customary for him to kiss friends and relatives; he was European; his name was pronounced “Rafe.”  And he came all this way.  We’d met online, and now in person to play in a brass band.

Halfway into the second song, smoke billowed into the gazebo.  No one saw any flames, but we promptly vacated.  Except Ralph.  Turns out, I had overlooked Ralph’s online profile.  His “hobbies and interests” included: arson.


Participation is welcome to all.  The goal is to write a story, beginning-middle-end, in 100 words or less.  You are also encouraged to “think outside of the box.”

Click here to view the inLinkz for what others have written for the prompt, or add one.

Visit Addicted to Purple for Rochelle’s own stories and her Friday Fictioneers page for more details.  You can follow her blog for the prompt each Wednesday.