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 J Hardy Carroll.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
I sit on my balcony, dreaming in the sunshine.
I think back to those younger, wilder times.
Lots of friends, some long gone, some still around.
Still there if I need them.
Sometimes we reminisce.
Fast cars and fast women.
Well, fast cars, anyway.
Now life moves more slowly.
In fact, it has all but stopped.
We are in lock-down.
A great plague sweeps the world, and we are forbidden to leave our homes.
So I sit outside.
The sun is pleasant on my face.
I am warm.
Maybe too warm.
Am I feverish?
In panic, I start to cough.