Gentle Giant – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, the challenge to write a 100-word story based on a photo prompt.

Thanks to our most dedicated leader and host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and to Marie Gail Stratford for this week’s photo.  All are welcome to participate. If you’re interested, head over to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple blog for instructions.

My contribution follows:

PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford

(100 words)

Gentle Giant

“Another 116 miles. Mom, I can’t hold it,” Isabella said.

“I gotta go, too.” said younger brother, Gil.

“Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” I asked.

“There,” Gil shouted. “It can cover us.”

A solo silo stood like a gentle giant in the prairie grass. Ten minutes passed and her two children emerged from the silo with smiles that remained on their faces as they napped into the night.

Hours later, two shapes outlined in green neon appeared in her rear view mirror.”Mom, when are we stopping?”

“You’re glowing,” I said, my voice shaking.

“Thanks, mom. Can we get a milkshake?”


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58 thoughts on “Gentle Giant – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Ha! Guess you never know what could be in one of those things, right? I have heard of terrible accidents with grain silos, though. Love your take on these as always 🙂


    1. I looked up silo and came across multiple, tragic stories. So sad. I almost went that route to describe someone trapped in one. I went for a lighter mood today. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks, Kelly.

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  2. I, too, decided to go light! Love it. Glowing, eh? I like Perry’s idea that they are at the early stages of Super Herohood! (Having just seen “The Avengers, Age of Ultron”, I’m in the mood! 😉

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    1. I saw Avengers, too, Dale. They really seem like Superheroes with such incredible special effects. Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that it suited your mood!


  3. Loved that wonderful twist. I could understand the smiles and it came as a shock that it was the kids glowing. I had thought at first that she was being followed by aliens that she could see in her rear view mirror. Now I don’t know aliens or toxic silo. I want more.

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    1. I’m not sure they went inside the silo. I was thinking more on the outskirts, but I certainly left it open for interpretation! Thanks for your feedback and for reading. 🙂

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  4. It reminded me of the Not The Nine O’clock News spoof Ready Brek ad “do you want your kids to glow in the dark?” Windscale Flakes!


  5. Oh–and just when I sent my comment, I saw the title (which I overlooked). So they met the green giant, and now they are little green giants in the making?

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  6. Oooh I think this is my favorite take on the prompt so far! I’d be pretty freaked out if I was their mother too. Love how the kids just take it in stride. Hopefully the effects aren’t negative!


    1. You don’t know what’s in food unless it comes straight from the ground. What a minute…that’s not true at all! Not anymore, unless you grow it yourself. Thanks, Suzanne!


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