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 the prompt photo, which this week is provided courtesy of Penny Gadd.
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:
Interesting places, doctors’ waiting rooms.
Eight people here when I arrive.
Several coughs, a spectacularly bandaged leg, glowing noses.
A couple talk in what they imagine are hushed tones but, in the white-walled low-ceilinged space, sounds carry.
Despite the radio’s barely audible mid-Atlantic pop/rock.
Women read crumpled magazines from a low table.
The lone male plays with his irritatingly beeping phone.
I make notes, as always.
New faces arrive to replace those already summoned.
This adds spice to the game in my head.
Who is next?
More importantly, who is last?
I could ask, but where’s the fun in that?