Posted: November 29, 2013 in fiction, Heart Warming, Holiday, writing
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FFF Prompt EMPTY DINER copyright-ted-strutz

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for all her work and organization. You can visit her site and read through the other Flash Fiction Friday postings at:


For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, take what you need for there is plenty.

Not my typical story, but at times it’s important to reflect, and I am thankful.

Here’s my contribution:

Waiting For A Sign

Clouds seemed to press in from all sides as Sara trod down Bushwood Street, mulling over her available options. The rent would be due in just a few days. She was hungry and cold, hell, she was a mess both physically and emotionally. And there was no help, nobody to turn to. The old Sunday School mantra of “The Lord helps those who help themselves” rang in her mind and she would have laughed if she wasn’t already crying. She was trying as best she could.

She looked up. There, hung in the window was a Help Wanted sign.


  1. Just in the nick of time!

  2. God, I hope she gets a job at that cool diner. This had a natural flow to it that I enjoyed. I never remember to be thankful on Thanksgiving. I’ll try to remember next year, though…

  3. Beautifully described and I do love a hope ending.Well done.

  4. tedstrutz says:

    Nice story. Loved this line… she would have laughed if she wasn’t already crying.

  5. Dear JK,

    Now there’s a sign in the most literal sense. I love your departure. A complete story in a 100 words. Well done.



  6. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear J.K.,

    You gave us all we needed. Thank you. Great story and perfect for the day.



  7. rgayer55 says:

    I guess the only body we get from you this week is a turkey carcass, and by now, it’s been picked clean. I think she was ready and willing to help herself. All she needed was an opportunity and now that has been provided. Thanks plenty to be thankful for.

  8. atrm61 says:

    Aww,such a sweet story in here-loved it:-)

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