Dual Purpose – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers. Writers from around the globe are challenged to write a 100-word story based on photo prompt.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the Fictioneers every week. Thanks to C.E. Ayr for providing this week’s inspirational photo.

Please feel free to join in and write your own story. Here are instructions to guide you at Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple blog. All are welcome.

I’ll admit my story is a bit abstract. I struggled with this one. I provided another ending, and probably cheated with word count. Sorry! I hope you get something out it.

demolition-4
PHOTO PROMPT – © C.E. Ayr

Genre: Fiction (100 words)

Rush in.

“It’s obvious you lied,” said George.

Proceed with caution.

“It’s my interpretation. Not a lie. There’s a difference.”

“What does that make my story?” George asked. “Because I’m telling the truth.”

There are two sides to every story.

A truth for every lie?

“Is it a lie because you don’t believe me?” Alex stared at the split mural remembering it whole.

Two halves make a whole.

Take everything you need, but give it everything you got.

George picked up a rock and threw it at the demolished building, crumbling before his eyes.

The end is yours to decide.

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Alternative Ending:

Two halves make a whole.

George picked up a rock and threw it with everything he had at the demolished building, crumbling before his eyes.  He stared at progress, a future shopping mall with office space.  They could eat and shop.

Or, he could split.

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40 thoughts on “Dual Purpose – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Sounds like a conversation I just had with two supervisors on 2nd shift. Talk about 2 sides of the same story. I like the abstract format you used to convey this interaction. Well done.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback and for commenting, Sandra! I must be losing a few with this one. I considered changing the end, but I haven’t been able to get back to it. I’m glad you got something out it. Thanks.

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    1. I appreciate your comments, Trent. I’m glad they meant something. I considered tagging an end on there now. But an end to what? Perhaps there is never an end. I’m feeling philosophical today.
      Well, I’m working on that book, see. I really am. I was writing every day except for the last two. 🙂 I also started a short story, so maybe you’ll see that one. Thanks for the encouragement, mister. 🙂

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      1. Good fiction doesn’t end. It just floats, and you can float with it to whatever ending you want. Good fiction makes people want to write; I always thought that.

        Hope you’re doing well with the book, I think you mentioned that before. Would love to hear details or catch a snippet! and of course would love to see the short story.

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      2. Good fiction floats! Yes, I like that, Trent. And that good fiction makes you not only want to read more, but write! I feel that way when I read you.
        I hope to have some fiction to share with you. Don’t give up on me. 🙂

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  2. I like the first ending better, it makes the story universal, like a fable. No two people see things exactly the same way. Great experiment, love it.
    i like it when people play with the flash fics.

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    1. I like your comment about it being more universal, like a fable. That’s excellent. I couldn’t be happier to hear that. I’m all for experimenting with FF. I like to see people step out too. Why not, right? What do you have to lose? It’s such a supportive community to do it in. Thanks for your nice comments, Gah.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. It’s fun to try something different. FF is always a good place to take a chance, right? I like the first ending now, too. Not only are there two sides to every story, but more than one ending! 🙂

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    1. Why thank you, Perry. I like what you said and I agree it seems to be more fitting for my story. Whatever that means. It’s kind of ironic I gave another ending. Yeah, I meant to do that! Thanks for being so agreeable. 🙂

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  3. Amy, I like the abstract take on it. I’m pretty sure I got everything you intended and I like how you tied it to the picture. I think having the alternate ending on it is better. The original way is a little too abrupt and doesn’t explain enough. Anyway, great job!
    -David

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  4. The abstractness in this is more like it leaves me with a sense of eavesdropping… a little bit like only listening to one side of a conversation… The wall becoming a metaphor .. I liked the original version, even though you tied it stronger to the intent.. maybe you could work in part of the alternative ending…

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    1. Thanks for your feedback, Bjorn. I suspect some kind of merging of the two would be a more complete story. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I like the idea that it feels like eavesdropping.

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    1. Aw, thanks for your input, Mark. The second one is definitely more concrete. In writing the second one, my story is changed a bit. But that’s the fun in writing a 100 words and play around with things. Thanks for reading!

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