Friday Fictioneers – Going Back

Hello everyone!  This is my submission for this week’s Friday Fictioneers.  This exercise is brought to you by Rochelle Wisoff – Fields – Addicted to Purple.  The idea is to write a 100 word flash fiction based on a photo prompt.

The photo prompt for this week is:


Photo Credit: Mary Shipman


Going Back

In a good neighborhood gone bad the house remains. White clapboard that was cheerful is now tattered and neglected. It used to smell of honeysuckle and fresh baked biscuits. Now it reeks of poverty and three dollar wine. The once delightful wildflower wallpaper ripped and smudged with grime. This home reminds her equally of pleasure and pain. A childhood ruined in one summer. She lights the match and enjoys the burn. Maybe in the ashes she can find herself. The woman she might have been had she never seen this place or the neighbor who was never her “friend.”

99 words.

You can find other Friday Fictioneers here.


I hope everyone enjoyed this and all criticism is welcome, but hopefully just the constructive kind.  🙂


As Always,


Woman on Pause

35 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Going Back

  1. Ah! I love that you and I indulged in the impulse to burn this thing down! Very chilling and devastating imagery, reminded me of several sights I saw while working for an inner-city mental health and rehab program. Very well done, Sarah!

    • I thought about that when I read yours. I thought, “We are ALL about burning things down today!” Hahahaha Maybe some things just need to be burned. 😉

      And thank you so much!

  2. Excellent story! Vivid and exquisite imagery — so wistful, yet so frightening in its overtones. Loved your narrative style.
    I’m so glad that you stopped by my blog just now and commented on my story — else, I might not have found yours (this is Finals week for my students, and I’m inundated). Thanks for the follow, as well.

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