Pictures – 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, 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 one of my own.

© C. E. Ayr

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Pictures

I see pictures.
Inside my head, vivid and alive.
They can be memories, dreams, wishes.
I am with my grandson, in the park, hunting dragons.
I watch myself dancing with someone who once loved me.
I’m back in my homeland, on the braes of Bonnie Doon.
Flakes of happiness.
But recently the pictures are different.
They are still real.
But they are more mundane.
And, somehow, deep down, I know they are showing me the future.
I see my apartment.
There is the breadboard, dishes in the drying rack, my bed, unmade.
But something’s missing.
I no longer see me.

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72 Responses to Pictures – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Natasha says:

    C.E.

    I love your poetic audio rendition. And I’m a big fan of all your audios.
    This is so evocative and beautifully told.
    After all memories are all we have. 🙂

    https://natashamusing.com/2020/05/a-star-is-born-fridayfictioneers-fridayfotofiction/

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  2. Lovely imagery and then a bitter end. Well written

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  3. This is beautiful. I feel it resonating in these times of solitude.

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  4. This was profound and very well carved.
    Seeing ahead is a double edge sword, isn’t it?

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  5. Powerful piece! It seems as if he viewed the future just after he passes away. As all his personal effects are still there.

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  6. James McEwan says:

    A great piece on reflection, where the past seems to have drifted away. It’s like standing at the station with a single ticket to nowhere and being left wondering which train can take you home. this is the point you wished you had bought a return ticket.

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  7. draliman says:

    The changes that come with age. Nice piece!

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  8. trishsplace says:

    Very thoughtful.

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  9. plaridel says:

    sometimes the past is worth remembering after time has smoothened is rough edges.

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  10. You have, indeed, outdone yourself. This is a little work of art.

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    • ceayr says:

      You are very kind, Alicia, and your comments elsewhere are equally appreciated.
      I am slightly overwhelmed at the impact of such a short piece.
      Thank you

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  11. Mike says:

    This is a powerful piece of writing.

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  12. granonine says:

    It is difficult to imagine a future without–well, US in it :). This is quite poetic, CE.

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  13. Sandra says:

    Beautifully done. ‘Flakes of happiness’ is so evocative. You surpassed yourself this week.

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  14. Nobbinmaug says:

    That was poignant and depressing. I’m gonna go hunt dragons while I still can.

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  15. Gripping, as usual. I love the audio.
    Ronda

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  16. Unfortunately all the joy must be accompanied by some sorrow

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Great story CE, and capable of being understood in so many different ways. There are some lovely images, especially you hunting dragons with your grandson. Flakes of happiness is delightful, too.

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  18. Liz Young says:

    You got me with that last line, CE, brilliant.

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  19. Rowena says:

    This was brilliant, CE. You really got me with that last line, which is a sign of a killer flash.
    Wouldn’t it be a terrible realization or premonition? My question is, does he have the power to change the end? Is it time for him to quickly quit smoking, lose weight and join the gym? Is there hope? Indeed, perhaps he should get hold of some hydroxychloroquine? It might just save the day after all.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  20. wmqcolby says:

    I have many photos that were important back then, now they don’t seem at all like I remember them. You really touched a nerve, CE. I liked the grandson line, too.
    Five out of five Kodak moments. 🙂

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  21. It started out on such a positive note, then slowly became melancholic. Well done.

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  22. I guess that is how life after death would be like. That was a poetic transition.

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  23. Wonderful, thought provoking imagery. Very well written!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  24. Reena Saxena says:

    I gasped at your last line. The terminology “flakes of happiness’ is nice.

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  25. Dear CE,

    I loved the image of you chasing dragons in the park with your grandson. The latter half is heartrending. Well done, sir. Very well done indeed.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  26. Iain Kelly says:

    Downbeat and depressing. Such is life. Expertly done.

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  27. Varad says:

    Powerful and punchy lines. It’s almost poetic. Well written, CE.

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  29. Anita says:

    Moving.
    Soothsayer’s words.
    This will come in everyone’s life. Loved ones and we will no longer be around. We are guests here on Earth. As the soul never dies, it’s time for another birth!

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  30. Tannille says:

    Powerful words. It starts with a punch, ends with a bang.

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  31. neilmacdon says:

    I loved that last line.

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