“Attention” -Friday Fictioneers & Belated “Love in Four Words” challenge

This is my contribution to Rochelle’s weekly Friday Fictioneers challenge.  Check out her blog and click the InLinkz frog below to read other stories based on the same prompt!

(Photo Prompt – copyright Marie Gail Stratford)


(99 words)

Daniela ordered the crystal on a whim.  The jewelry store was failing; anything might help.

When it came, Daniela gasped.  Huge, garish—she hated it.  Still, it was costly, so she put it in the window.

The first to stop was a girl, pointing and tugging her father’s hand.  He asked its price.

“Not for sale,” Daniela said.

He bought a charm bracelet.

The second was a woman who said, “Keep that, and you never know who might come.  Be prepared.”

The third came in a cloud of smoke.  When he left, the crystal was gone.  So was Daniela.

Also, I want to give a shout-out to Erin J. Bernard, who was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster award recently.  She is a great writer and photographer–take a look at her blog!  Thanks, Erin!

Millie Thom, another talented writer whom I’m sure you’ve read in these flash fiction challenges, asked me to take on a prompt she accepted–to describe “love” in four words, ten times.  This is the description of the challenge Millie posted:

hashtaglovebooks decided to do something interesting this Valentine’s. A challenge or tag where you write ten “what is love in four words” sentences about what you love and what you believe is love. Then state one of your favorite love quotes from a book, a movie or a famous person and then tag ten other bloggers to do the challenge as well.”

Feel free to write your own version.  Check out Millie’s description here.  Mine is below.  Thanks, Millie!

Love in four words…

remembering shared moments fondly

holding hands bringing comfort

cradling vulnerabilities, bolstering strength

standing together under stress

dreaming new lives up

reevaluating, changing, revising ourselves

telling truths and listening

weaving old into new

feeding familiar passion’s flames

blueberry pancakes with syrup

16 thoughts on ““Attention” -Friday Fictioneers & Belated “Love in Four Words” challenge

  1. I think I’m commenting on two posts in one here, Emily. I’ll start with your ‘Attention’ piece first. I thought that was very cleverly done and had an intriguing air of mystery about it. It seems like fantasy and fairy tale in one. The ending is excellent, leaving us with lots on unanswered questions. I loved it! 🙂
    As for your Love In Four Words – all brilliant sentences. I like the way you’ve chosen to focus on the comfort and security side of relationships, the everyday sharing and togetherness. And you include the one about feeding familiar passion’s flames as a reminder that the ‘romantic’ love still endures. Lovely. Thank you for responding to the tag. 🙂

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