Bookmark – Friday Fictioneers

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
one of my own.
Thank you, m’lady.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© C. E. Ayr

Click here to hear the writer read his words:


I stare at the bookmark.
There are two words written on it.
Two words that mean a lot to me.
But nothing to anyone else.
Or so I have always believed.
The bookmark was inside the book I have in my hand.
A book from the local library.
The library is in a small town in France.
It has a very limited English-language section.
There are very few foreigners here.
I have never met another anglophone.
So I stare at the bookmark.
And the two words.
The two English words that say what I did.
And where I did it.

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105 Responses to Bookmark – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Fabulously compelling write, CEAyr. I’m left with a curiosity that needs fulfilling.
    Perhaps, there’s more to com in this mysterious tale. Loved it …!!!
    Thank you for a great and inspiring photograph too.
    Isadora 😎


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  4. James McEwan says:

    Looks like someone is on your case. A nudge, a warning – how can you sleep at night. Did you deface the grave stone of Karl Marx?


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  9. draliman says:

    Ooh, someone knows… nice one!


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  11. Having seen Karl Marx’s grave in Highgate cemetery on more than one occasion, you’ve really got me wondering!


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  14. Abhijit Ray says:

    Someone left a message for you to pick up! The person knew you shall visit the library and visit the section having English language books. May be the person is someone you know.


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  18. Nan Falkner says:

    Two English words that said what I did and where I did it. Very clever. Really great!


  19. Mike says:

    I want to RUN.


  20. Ooooo la la!
    I always have such a hard time any time Rochelle uses one of my pics because I can’t help but tell the story behind it.
    I see you have no such problem…or do you? 🙂


  21. msjadeli says:

    And then the mind screams. What a nice setup here.


  22. Great story to go with your picture. As the others have commented, it’s a nice creepy ending that leaves a lot of possibilities open.


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  26. Do you feel the eyes from a stranger buring in you back?
    Do you hear the soft footfalls of an alien presence waiting in the recess of the library?
    We know what you did… we will get you in the end, but first we will let you feel the fear life.

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  27. bearmkwa says:

    Okay, so what did you do, and where???? Cruel ending, leaving us without the words. Just a huge mystery and a sense of foreboding. Great one!


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  31. Scary tone…’What I did. And where I did it.’


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  33. M K Zebra says:

    I’ve very glad I googled the words before I read your piece! Good picture as well, gave us quite a bit to go on.


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  36. MythRider says:

    Great beginning to a mystery book. Well done.


  37. Tannille says:

    Book marks can be little forgotten treasures. I opened one of my books up once and found cash I hid away and forgot. Only happened the once..

    Neat take on the prompt 👏


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  39. Sandra says:

    That is truly eerie. I cannot imagine how that must feel, but I think I’d be looking over my shoulder for a while. Great take.

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  40. granonine says:

    CE, your ending gave me the shivers. “What I did, and where I did it!” I had to look up the words on the bookmark, and I enlarged the picture until I could see the names of a couple of characters, this leading me to the book title. So thanks for the nudge to increase my knowledge a bit 🙂


  41. I listened to your audio recording for the first time today. I love your accent.


    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, BJW-san.
      It is merely a by-product of being Scottish!

      Liked by 1 person

      • I have an idea: why don’t you post your recordings to Amazon Alexa? As audio content?
        I’m predicting that flash fiction/poetry in audio format is going to be a big thing in the next couple of years. If you start now, you will be a pioneer five years down the road.
        While I personally am not a fan at all of AI technology, or of Alexa (I think it’s the beginning of the end), I can see that it’s going to be a viable tool for content distribution.


  42. Rowena says:

    Very CE this week…dark, brooding and mysterious. I didn’t make the connection with Marx either.
    Thanks so much for providing this week’s prompt, CE. I loved it and found it very poignant. Glasses are someone’s way of viewing the world. Their lenses. I’m quite short-sighted although there’s barely a photo with me wearing my glasses. You’ll appreciate that when you read my take.
    Best wishes,


  43. trentpmcd says:

    Intriguing story. You left an even bigger mystery, either that or I need reading glasses like yours… Marx at Highgate?


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  45. Dear CE,

    How ironic to find one’s own bookmark in a library book. Nicely written.




  46. Iain Kelly says:

    I hope they didn’t bump into my protagonist this week when they visited the spot! Lovely intrigue.


  47. Colline says:

    Reads like the start of a thriller.


  48. Oh loved this! So intriguing and well written.
    (And thanks for providing this week’s photo – as a prompt it’s excellent)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  49. neilmacdon says:

    He did Marx? Now we know Lovely, mysterious piece. .


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