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 Dale Rogerson.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
The woman’s voice dominates the busy restaurant.
Perhaps she thinks that, because this is France, no one understands English.
Or maybe she’s just loud.
Her companion, however, is silent, staring downwards.
Do you think, I ask my friend, that he is listening, or is he totally inertive?
Is that even a word?
I shrug, unperturbed.
I am a writer, I create new words when I need to.
Or, sometimes, just on a whim.
Have a look, I say, grinning, give me a better word.
She turns her head, watches them briefly.
Then, with a smile, she speaks.