Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
And this week she provides the photo too, a typically cheerful clutter in a typical family cupboard.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.
Click here to hear the author read his 100-word tale:
I am alone.
I feel very grown-up.
Mummy had to go out, just for a few minutes.
It’s the first time I’ve been in charge.
I’m not frightened.
Well, not very.
Because I hear a noise in the cupboard.
Maybe it’s a spider.
No, spiders don’t make loud rustling noises.
Maybe it’s a mouse.
No, mice don’t move things.
Maybe it’s a rat.
Yes, it must be.
Rats are strong.
They can rustle, and shove things aside, can’t they?
But I’m pretty sure there’s one thing they can’t do.
Because they don’t have hands.
So why is the handle turning?