Friday Fictioneers for Sept 30th – Hope

Thank you, Rochelle Wisoff for once again hosting the Friday Fictioneers challenge. Also, thank you to all that took time to read last week’s story and for all the kind comments.

The challenge is to write a story based on the photo prompt in 100 words or less. Here is this week’s story. (I cheated a little it is 103 words.)


Photo courtesy of Amy Reese


Clang. The noise echoed settling into Randy’s bones. It was jarring being on this side of the viewing doors. The last time he had been four. Now ten, that was a jaded memory.

He had been shocked, when summoned by the curator. Only blue-eyed, blond hair toddlers were the chosen. He was cursed with black hair and smoldering eyes and abandoned all hope by the time he reached seven.

Now a couple with smiling eyes and welcoming arms watched as he approached. When they embraced him, the thumping of his heart was drowned out by the sobs that wracked his paper thin frame.

Thanks for reading. Click HERE to read more submissions to this week’s challenge.


14 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for Sept 30th – Hope

      1. Yes, sorry if I focused on what came before, but that was quite palpable to me, the loneliness and acceptance of rejection. And, then I saw your dog rescue thing and my head went on a tangent and I started to think that this was like the little dogs that get passed over at the shelters time and time again until they finally find homes. (Brain playing stream of consciousness.) 🙂


      2. Thank you for putting so much thought into your comments. You’re right I was going to write about a dog shelter at first then I thought of all the children lingering in foster homes that finally age out.

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    1. Thanks for reading and for the kind comment. I things are definitely looking up for poor Randy. But it makes you wonder about the others.


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