“A Friendly Visit” – Flash Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

This was written for Friday Fictioneers.  Each Friday, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields provides a photo prompt and gives anyone and everyone a chance to respond with a story of 100 words or under.  Click on the blue frog below to read other stories and to add your own!


Copyright – ceayr

A Friendly Visit

(99 words)

“Sure someone lives here?” Jenna asked.

“Why do you say that?” Beatrice pressed the intercom button.  “It’s me.”

Jenna didn’t reply.  There were no cars or people.  An air of neglect hung over the place.

The gate opened.

Jenna followed Beatrice through the yard, into the foyer.  There was no furniture, and very little light.

Beatrice turned, looking at Jenna expectantly.

“Where’re your grandparents?” Jenna asked.

Beatrice grinned.  “Don’t you see them?”

The front door swung shut.  Something was wrong.

“I brought her for you!” Beatrice shouted.

Before Jenna fainted, she saw the shadows, creeping toward her along the walls.

A Moment for Writing (with Baby)

About five weeks ago, our first child, a little girl, was born.  Between the end of the pregnancy when I was trying to wrap things up at work and then getting to know the little one, I’ve been MIA from writing and a lot of other things.  I’m trying to ease myself back into a routine that allows for some writing.  Life has changed a lot, and I’m sure my writing will help me wrap my head around those changes.  Right now, I’m writing with a baby asleep on my chest and my husband asleep on the couch next to me.

I’m glad that I have my wonderful writer’s group to return to–they inspire me always!

I spent some time this morning working on a short story in progress, and now, a little poem:


A Moment for Writing

She is a warm weight

on my chest, her little arm

outstretched, fingers curled.


With my laptop propped

on a pillow, I write, and

bring my old world in

to meet my new one.