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 curious photo prompt is provided by the indomitable Dale Rogerson, aka the Crazy Canuck.
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:
The start of the summer season is always a red letter event for the little café in the square.
The walls and roof of the terrasse are rolled back, giving a much more spacious feel.
Tables and chairs, freshly sanded and varnished, are set out under parasols on the side-walk.
And this year, for the first time, large flower pots delineate the property.
Hey patron, one of the locals asks, is that wife of yours still at her mother’s in Portugal?
Mmm, Rafa winks at me, continuing to water his flourishing pot plants, I don’t think she’ll be coming back.