Friday Fictioneers: Some Time Away

I am part of a wonderful group called Friday Fictioneers. A photo prompt is given every Wednesday (like the one below) and we have until Friday to compose a 100 word essay. This is my contribution for this week.

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Clare gave her the keys closing both hands around Allison’s. “Here just take them; you need this” she said looking into the eyes of her friend.

Allison went home and packed her bag, remembering the essentials: her notebooks, pencils, and four bottles of wine.

It was May and she had the beach to herself. During the day she would sit in the beach chair and feel the warmth and the breeze. She would listen to the waves crashing on the shore and she would write.

At night she would sip her wine and draw.

Clare was right, she needed this.

Allison's drawing

Allison’s drawing

70 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Some Time Away

  1. Four bottles is not enough. Unless they are scotch. Or rum would work as well. And of course, the company of one who is always happy and does not judge, I would bring along my canine friend. Thanks for sharing and excellent escape.

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    • Aaahh but you do not know how long she is there for. A night, two?
      And sipping on wine is what we ladies do these days. We can still create (with a slight warm buzz) without getting sloshed and making a fool of ourselves online. Trust me. 😉

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      • I used to always think I was no good at art of any kind, but then last year I watched so many instructional art programs on the Create network that I decided I should be able to paint. So I got some paints, brushes, and canvas, and I’ve started. So far I don’t have any pictures I’m willing to show anybody, but I’m having fun, and — boy — talk about relaxing ….

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        • I have a “friend” who is a painter. She has tried to persuade me to try arguing that my photographic eye would come through on the canvas. I’m not convinced but reading your comment I’ve decided to file that away for future reference.

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  2. this line: “t was May and she had the beach to herself.” consider changing the word “herself” to “alone.” similar meaning, but “alone” sounds more desperate and sad. i think that’s what you want. well done.

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  3. To pack and go away from the hustle bustle for a few days works effectively always for the body, mind and soul! 🙂 Great take on the prompt.

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  4. Great use of multimedia. The drawing closes it off well, and reflects a woman in need. My first thought is that she was looking for peace of mind from a crumbling relationship, as her friend’s reaction stemmed from an emotional context.
    I’d like to see more of this character. She is in so much conflict, yet, as a message to us all, moves forward and forms beauty.

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    • My first thought was that too but it could be anything, the emotional tole of taking care of an elderly parent, a lay off, a terminal diagnosis, a death, or yes a break up. Life is full of changing events that call for some solitude…and wine 😉

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  5. Ah, I would take the chair and beach, but not the wine. So relaxing and renewing. Nice story. I wish I had a friend like that. 🙂

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  6. This is exactly what I envisioned when I took the picture. The notebooks, writing implements, and wine. I can’t draw worth a damn, but this could be my story. It’s my dream, for sure.

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  7. I agree with waitingforaname, i want the keys too. I have ice and cold and this seems like a great diversion. You give such a rich description i think you could keep us all satisfied at this beach.

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