Unstable – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers. Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing link-up where writers compose a 100-word story based on a photo prompt. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our generous host and also supplied this week’s photo. Thanks, Rochelle.

I’ll admit I’m spending way too much time under fluorescent lights.

Feel free to write you own story. Here are instructions.

PHOTO PROMPT – © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre:  Fiction (100 words)


The alternating ceiling panels and fluorescent rectangles lit from above like an ice-cube tray, only she felt hot and confined. Surrounding rows of co-workers blurred into muffled voices and distorted shapes. Looking up, her circular vision came into focus; a ceiling panel shifted. She saw it. It had come apart, but now it was whole again.

Upon returning to her apartment, she opened her door to shards of glass glittered on her tile floor. High in the ceiling, a light fixture had broken with tattered wiring all that remained. For proof, she held a piece of glass in her palm.


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66 thoughts on “Unstable – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Amy,

    Any time under fluorescent lights is too much time. I’ll admit to being a little confused as to what has happened in your story. Has the light fixture in her apartment fallen or been stolen?

    Maybe I’m just dense at this early morning hour.




    1. Rochelle, thanks for your feedback. The light fixture had broken. I think “missing” is confusing. I changed it! It’s really just two views of “unstable” although I’m not sure she should be holding a piece of glass. I hope it’s more clear. Thanks for your comments. You’re never dense. 🙂


    1. Frank, it’s a little of both. She’s delusional, but her light did break. I think she wonders if it really happened, but you can’t argue with shattered glass on the floor. That’s really there! Thanks for your comments.


    1. She is mentally unstable and her light did break, but she’s second guessing if it really happened. So, she holds a piece of glass to be sure. I like your interpretation, too! I changed it a little bit, so it might be less confusing…or not! Thanks so much.

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  2. My take was a clairvoyant experiencing a vision. Either that, or another Pentagon worker drone, possibly the one next to my cube.

    Well-done — you took a complex thought and showed it in an efficient way.


    1. I see her on the verge of losing it, which is why she picked up a piece of glass. She needed evidence. Thanks, Russell. I don’t particularly like the cube life. I guess she doesn’t either.


  3. Fluorescent lights always mess with my head. I was waiting to see where the chandelier came in. I guess it didn’t. That’s where I got confused. Then again, I’m easily confused. I get that she needed to pick up the glass to make sure it was real…


    1. My inspiration came from the light fixture, Lorna. The chandelier did not make an appearance. You’re correct. 🙂 Thanks! Nothing says real more than a piece of sharp glass. 🙂

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      1. Who does, unless you really need to cut something and you don’t have a proper knife or scissors and…never mind. I don’t like where this going! 😉


  4. I understood her frame of mind from your title. If she wasn’t holding the piece of glass, she would probably really go insane! Very creative take on that photo, Amy. You created depth and questions about her, as well as two different locations all in so few words. Loved this. xo


    1. I guess my title served a good purpose then. It’s interesting how one little word can make all the difference in these things! As always, thanks for being so sweet and kind. Thanks, my friend. xox

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      1. You do have to be careful. With her state of mind, I think a cut might have been necessary to bring her back to reality.
        I enjoyed your story. It made me think and that’s never a bad thing. 🙂


  5. It’s a bit like something I am reading right now. There are two parallel worlds that aren’t always the same. Some of the characters in each world can see their alternates in the other world and when stuff happens to them they are never sure if they are imagining it, dreaming it or if it really happened.
    I like it.

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    1. Oh, really? That sounds very interesting. I’d like to read it, Michelle. What’s the title? I could see this story I’ve written being some kind of parallel worlds story. I like that! Thanks for reading! How are you? I’ve been thinking about you. xo

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      1. The title is “Yesterday’s Gone”. It was written by Sean Platt and Dave Wright. It is really well done. I’m on the 5th of six “Seasons”. It’s available on Kindle. I’m OK. Just “off” these days. I keep hoping it will run its course and I start feeling a bit more like me again. How are you doing? I miss our little chats.


      2. Ok, I’ve written this title down and have added it to my list! I’ll check it out. Yeah, I know what you mean about being “off.” I’m simply maintaining and chugging along. I miss you, too! We will get through this. xox

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  6. I like your description of the ceiling as ‘ice cubes’, and the heat and disorientation she feels. Clever use of the lighting to focus on her instability. Lots to think about here.


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