Garden Party – 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 supplied by Sarah Potter.

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Garden Party

I like garden parties.
This one is to celebrate an engagement.
A few well-dressed, affluent-looking, older folk stand around sipping champagne.
The young people are more exuberant, laughing and dancing.
Cathy looks delightful, full of happy energy.
I don’t know what she sees in Mark, but he does have money.
I don’t mix with the others, of course.
I am not one of the crowd.
Cathy hasn’t seen me yet.
If she did she would have questions.
Who are you?
What is that in your hand?
So for now I hang back, invisible in the shadows.
My moment will come.

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44 Responses to Garden Party – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I like the way the innocent garden party description gradually becomes something more sinister. A well-executed twist.


  2. Mysterious and ominous. Many possibilities and none of them point to a happy day for Cathy. Nicely done!


  3. Oh yes, wonderfully sinister, love it!!


  4. draliman says:

    Very ominous. He seems to know everyone though I get the impression they don’t know him…


  5. James McEwan says:

    Undefeated love stalking around and gate crashing garden parties to be close waiting for the unresolvable. It will be close contact canopies when he is found out.


  6. granonine says:

    There really is something sinister about that shadow. This is scary!


  7. Sandra says:

    There’s so much menace in the phrase “who are you…?” when heard at a gathering like that. No one with a harmless agenda turns up in that way… Your inimitable style.


  8. Ooh, cliff hanger! Good one. I wonder what will happen? So many possibilities.


  9. pennygadd51 says:

    Very sinister. Stalking is a dreadful business. I hope your MC is apprehended before he can do anything to spoil the day.


  10. bearmkwa says:

    An ex bent on settling a score perhaps. Nicely mysterious.


  11. You certainly won’t be coming to my next engagement party!


  12. Now that;s sinister, but then that’s your trademark style, isnt it Ceayr! I sat that in a good way! We love your killer twists end endinds.


  13. This week’s photo has really sparked some spooky stories. I want to know what’s in his hand… or maybe I don’t!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  14. Timing is everything. Perhaps he’ll wait until she goes to the ladies room.


  15. Anita says:

    He loves her & she’s marrying someone else, so he’s planning revenge?
    Someone has hired him to kill her?
    He’s a ghost?
    So many questions! What happens?
    Hope all is fine and the party isn’t spoiled.


  16. trishsplace says:

    Way to spoil a good party!


  17. Tannille says:

    “What is that in your hand?” indeed. Something rude?

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Iain Kelly says:

    Too much to hope that all he has in his hand is a party popper?

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Dear CE,

    His intent is obviously not to kiss the bride. Sinister.




  20. neilmacdon says:

    That does seem mean to spoil Cathy’s happy day, but no doubt he has his reasons


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