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 the picture below, which this week is supplied by Ted Strutz.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
It’s my birthday.
I stroll into town, reflecting on my life.
Children walking in hand-holding pairs take me back to my own childhood.
I went to school in three different countries, but not France, where I now live.
The winters are wonderful, so mild compared to Scotland.
I am anonymous here, just an old guy who sits outside a café, reading in the sunshine.
Everyone talks to me, no-one knows me.
I like that.
I am a very private individual.
The kiddies remind me it’s time to decide on my birthday treat.
The dark-haired one with big brown eyes, perhaps…