Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below, which this week is supplied by Dale Rogerson.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
I watch her skate across the frozen loch.
There are hundreds of people out there, young and old.
But she stands out.
It is not just her long dark hair, billowing around her head like a swirling storm of protective bees.
Or the effortless elegance of her style, so unlike the frenzied arm-pumping of the majority.
No, she radiates beauty from her eyes, her soul.
She glides near to where I stand, treats me to a glorious smile.
Someone at my shoulder moves forward.
I remember now.
I lost her here, many years ago.
When the ice broke.