Stone On Water: #FridayFictioneers



PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

Stone On Water

“Per favore, Signora. Do not lean so. Signora!”

Mary ignored the gondolier. He was happy enough when she engaged him earlier. The promise of more Euros did little to hold back his growing surliness.

She was standing, closely looking at the architecture. Mary observed the tilting, sinking building. She reached out, wanting to feel the tremors of a life eroding away.

“Signora! Porca miseria!”

Water splashed into the craft as Mary plopped down. Her gaze remained on the building, its doorway at canal level.

Mary adjusted her wig. She’d be bruised by nightfall. She really did not care, anymore.

“Stronzino!” she muttered.


Author’s Note:

It’s #Friday Fictioneers prompt time, as always created and hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields on her blog, Addicted To Purple.

The rules are simple:

    1. Use the photo on Addicted to Purple as your prompt.
    2. Write a 100 word story, complete with beginning, middle, and end.
    3. Make every word count.
    4. It is proper etiquette to give the contributor of the photo credit.
  1. Add the InLinkz button (below) so your readers can find the dozens of other bloggers who have taken up this challenge.


About StuHN

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

24 responses »

  1. It’s one thing to be sick and dying. One’s heart is touched. I just don’t think it’s an excuse for boorish behavior. Good story, StuHN, you provoked a lively discussion 🙂


  2. Great piece. Love the line: “She reached out, wanting to feel the tremors of a life eroding away.” It seems like she is more curious about what is to come for her than afraid.


  3. I, also, had to look up the word. Her life is ebbing away, and one can understand that, but there was no cause for her to say that to the gondolier, who was trying to protect the instrument of his livelihood. (You provoked discussion, though meaning your story from the prompt was a success.)


    • Just so anyone knows, I was going for “Jerk” as opposed to the other meaning. Yes, she is not empathetic to the gondolier, so wrapped up in her own self. Sounds like a lot of people today.


  4. Am I the only one that wants to smack Mary and tell her to sit down? I realise time is running out for her, but he has to be responsible for his customers…
    I feel for him as well as for her…

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  5. Love the devil-may-care attitude. She’s doing what she wants with time she’s got left! I think most people would rather be yelled at than pitied. Thanks for adding to my vocabulary a few Italian curses!


  6. Your title adds a lot of meaning to your story, Stu. Looking at the date of your piece, I also wondered if “she really did not care anymore” was related at all to the news of the day? Also, I couldn’t find a translation for “Stronzino.”


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