This story was prompted by a photo kindly provided by Amy Reese at Friday Fictioneers, https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/8-january-2016 , which is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
For reasons that I hope will be understandable, I found I was unable to invent a wholly fictional story in relation to this prompt. Rather than abstain, though, I’ve submitted a fictionalised story that was “inspired by real events”. I also hope I haven’t broken any rules by embedding the prompt in the story, or by including another photo that featured in the aforementioned real events.
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Coco Cay, 8 January 2016
Him: ‘Wow – double rainbow, right on the beach. Take a photo, quick.’
Her: ‘You take it, Mister fancy camera.’
Him: ‘Disk’s full.’
Her: ‘’What have you been photographing?’
She raises an eyebrow.
Him: ‘Potential photo prompts … for flash fiction. Here’s one I want to send in.’
She shakes her head.
Home, 13 January 2016
Him: ‘Look, I’m logging on at Friday Fictioneers. I’ll show you the new prompt.’
Her: ‘It’s Wednesday.’
He ignores her and scrolls down, ‘Oh, c’mon … Amy beat me to it!’
Copyright: Amy Reese
100 words (not including photo acknowledgements)
OK, the two photos aren’t identical and might not be close enough to match up in a game of Snap, but I think Amy’s would win in a game of Top Trumps. Before I saw Amy’s picture I thought the one of the “stairs to nowhere” could yield dozens of story ideas, but any that I had quickly evaporated. There’s no saying that Rochelle would ever have used the photo if I’d sent it in, but I’m pleased that Amy’s picture was published, as it has triggered lots of great stories.