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 Rowena Curtin.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
It happened at my mother’s funeral.
I could tell whose condolences were sincere.
And who was just mouthing words, indifferent to my pain and loss.
Afterwards, back at work, it was a revelation.
I knew who was dedicated to their job, who was just killing time, who hated it, and me.
Now I understand the scale of this.
I see into people’s hearts, or minds, or souls – please choose the right word for your belief system – and I read their actual thoughts.
My marriage is over, of course.
I had to move out quickly.
Before I could read my children.