Posted: January 29, 2014 in dark, fiction, writing
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FFF Prompt claire-fuller-2

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, feel the heat.

Here’s my contribution:

Faded Polaroid

There had been a class trip organized, an effort to promote the trades as challenging and rewarding lines of honest work, areas often overlooked by the education system. Several stops were made: an auto-body shop; a Habitat For Humanity construction project; a tour of an organic farm. Rodney hovered behind, sucking Camels, flicking butts with disinterest.

The final stop was a cabinet-maker.

The shop is gone now, just a scar on the little side street, tufts of weed-grass clutching to pieces of blackened brick and twists of metal. The only good thing remaining, besides the memories, is a faded Polaroid.



  1. Hard work gone into the flames of an ignorant teenager.

  2. Sandra says:

    Wouldn’t you just hate seeing your life’s work go up in flames for such a careless act. Nice on JK.

  3. Thoughtless and careless can both have terrible if unintended consequences. Good story, JK.


  4. A well written saga. I like the idea of introducing kids to alternative work and the one defiant one has no regard.

  5. Excellent story and you capture the pain of the destruction. Well done.

  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Excellent story – Some of the worst disasters in history have happened because of ignorance or non careful attention to details. Well done! Nan

  7. Sad, reflective tale — your writing is always evocative — this was no exception.
    I’m not writing this week, but I’d love it if you’d drop by my blog for a second anyway, I posted a big announcement today

  8. Linda Vernon says:

    Oh nice! This does look like a picture left over from a fire. I liked the story of the high school kids. Rodney is such a punk!

  9. This was very descriptive. It holds the reader and directs them to a sad ending which is softened with time.

  10. hugmamma says:

    Reminds me of the 3 teens who started a tremendous forest fire recently in Los Angeles. They were tossing paper onto a fire to keep warm. Homes were lost as a result, and lives upended.

  11. Dear JK,

    Well written as always and horrifying in the truth of it.



  12. unspywriter says:

    This time your horror was subtle and just as effective. A nice, tight story but with a lot of detail. Well done.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/family-ties/

  13. atrm61 says:

    What a tragedy just because of some disinterested & careless teenager !Great story and a perfect title:-)

  14. JK,
    And I was hoping that Rodney would find his calling as a cabinet-maker. I guess it wasn’t to be. Maybe he could do better as a firefighter.

  15. Bad boy, Rodney. Still, there are some good memories for some.

  16. rgayer55 says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how thoughtless young people can be. A very well written tale of woe.

  17. Every time I read a story about house fires, or fires that were caused by such carelessness, I feel sick. Well done, JK.

  18. This does look like a Polaroid photo. Nicely done….really like your story! 🙂

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