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 David Stewart,
Click here to hear the author read his words:
My mother was a hero.
I don’t remember her, of course, but I have heard the story countless times.
We lived on the top floor of one of those old apartment blocks where everyone knew everyone.
The fire started far below us.
The stairs were impassable so we used the fire-escape.
Smoke and flames belched from windows
With me in her arms she struggled down the creaking structure.
An overweight neighbour lumbered on two floors down.
The ancient staircase collapsed.
We fell forty feet onto cobbles.
She broke my fall.
I broke her neck.
The family never let me forget.