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.
This week’s prompt comes courtesy of Dale Rogerson, and makes me think of happy families.
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 this 1-minute story:
Sometimes I pause outside, just for a moment.
Through the window I can see my wife and children, doing the things that families do.
I see them laughing, clowning around, having fun.
They look happy.
I feel a surprisingly warm glow inside.
Because I know they are not always like this.
Sometimes they are sad.
My wife, especially, reflects on what has happened, on what might have been.
I turn my key, step inside.
The laughter stops.
The kids slip silently away to their rooms.
My wife smiles bravely, as she always does.
‘How was your day, dear?’ she asks.