#fridayfictioneers via rochelle – 8/23

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Image Copyright –Claire Fuller

Providence

What had possessed him to encourage the fantasies of a 12 year old, flying off to Kildare? But secretly he was curious. Anna shared every detail of Brigid’s life. He felt he knew her as he did his own beloved daughter.

After days combing through records at the county registrars, talking to townspeople, seeking corroboration, a descendant perhaps, he had doubt. Would they find proof she ever existed?

Anna led her father around the church down a worn path.  “I’m there” she pointed at the grass.  Kneeling he dug down revealing a single flat stone inscribed:

Brigid McLeod

 Beloved

1820-1876

Word Count: 100

Friday Fictioneers is here. I love this new challenge. Every week writers post a 100-word story inspired by a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. Click the link below to read other writer’s stories. Hope you enjoyed!

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22 thoughts on “#fridayfictioneers via rochelle – 8/23

  1. All the talk in the comments about goosebumps gave me goosebumps. Having recently toured some graveyards for photog purposes, I was especially captivated by your story. One pic from my trip was of a headstone for a girl 5 days old. I’m currently trying to work out how to include reincarnation into a story which mildly bridges beliefs. Very timely story. Thanks for sending out that vibe. It gave me some things to ponder.

  2. see, you do what i set out to do. present a situation that seems like just an innocent situation, and then – in the last sentence – everything is twisted. so it seems tomea that a dead girl has found herself and shown it to her father or someone of an authority figure. love it!

  3. Good story DCT. I was reminded of when as a teenage boy a few friends and I played with a Ouija board. We ‘made contact’ with an entity who told us where he was buried, and we found his gravestone. I returned the following day out of curiosity to find the headstone snapped in half. We didn’t play with the board after that. 🙂

    • Yes people underestimate the power of Ouija and the spirits.Thanks for sharing this story, gave me goosebumps.

      I’ve had a few of these moments myself. They make for the best stories and definitely ignite the imagination.

      Thanks for reading,
      Dana

    • Doug,

      Loved your story thanks for sharing it. Gave me goosebumps.I too am an old soul yet only a baby in the scheme of things so I know what you talk of.

      As for Providence, I am a firm believer that the title is a vital part of a flash fiction story and should be chosen wisely.

      Thanks again,
      Dana

  4. Dear DCT,

    No matter what a person’s belief system, this is a lovely, well-written story. I was chilled when the girl pointed to the headstone and said, “I’m here.” You had me there.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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