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 curious photo by Fatima Fakier Deria made me think of garden parties, and tea and scones in roadside tearooms, so I wrote something almost idyllic.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.
Click here to hear the writer read his words:
‘That baby’s all alone here,’ Emmy says.
I shake my head, without turning.
‘Nah, people don’t forget babies in roadside cafés.’
‘She’s just sitting there in her little chair.’
Reluctantly I look round.
I see a baby in a car safety-seat.
‘It’s strapped in,’ I point out, ‘It can hardly go walkabout, can it?’
‘She,’ snaps Emmy, ‘It’s a she!’
‘Hmm,’ I say, ‘Interesting grammatical construction.’
‘Look,’ she says, barely concealing her impatience, ‘There are four cars parked, and four tables occupied. She is abandoned!’
‘Makes no sense,’ I say.
‘Why would anyone throw away a perfectly good car seat?’