#FridayFictioneers ‘The Ransom’ #FlashFiction #100words

It’s Friday, time for another Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction story featuring Alice Pendragon and her family!

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the challenge, and to Courtney Wright. for submitting the photo prompt by a photographer who prefers to remain anonymous.

The Ransom

Alice! Are you alright?’
Alice held her throbbing cheek, too dazed to speak, and heard her father’s distorted voice coming from the kidnapper’s phone.
‘Her pretty face is still in one piece, for now, Kevin’ he said.
‘What do you want from me?’
‘My boss just wants to see his girlfriend.’
Clara shook her head and put her finger to her lips.
‘Clara drowned. It was on the news.’
The man laughed. ‘We found the pair of worn shoes by the cliff, but we know she faked her death.’
Kevin watched Clara wipe her tears.
‘My boss wants his money back.’

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To be continued…

My ‘Alice’ flash fiction written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge can be read as standalones, but if you’re interested in reading previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here they are!

A quick recap of the two previous episodes: Alice and her mother, Marsha, caught Kevin on a date with another woman. When Alice confronted her father, she discovered the woman was her father’s half-sister, Clara, who was in serious trouble. Last week Alice was kidnapped, and this week the kidnappers have made their demands.

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#FridayFictioneers ‘Brooklyn Heights’ #FlashFiction #100words

It’s Friday, time for another Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction story! 

Last week, Alice and her mother caught Kevin on a date with another woman. When Alice confronted Kevin, she discovered the woman was her father’s half-sister, Clara, who is in serious trouble.

This week something dreadful will happen to Alice as a result… 

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the challenge, and Jill Wisoff for today’s photo prompt, which led me directly to this weeks’ 100-word story.

PHOTO PROMPT ©Jill Wisoff

Brooklyn Heights

 

Alice pulled her bound arms and stretched her neck towards the window.

The last thing she remembered was meeting Clara, hers father’s step-sister. Then came gunshots, cries, darkness and finally silence.

‘Who are you?’ She screamed as a masked man pulled the duct tape off her mouth and freed her arms.

‘Where are my parents?’

‘Right here,’ he said handing her the phone. ‘You have ten seconds to tell them you’re alive.’

‘Mom, Dad, tell Bill I’m on the top floor of a low-rise in Brooklyn Heights.’

The man grabbed the phone. ‘That was mistake,’ he said, as his fist smashed into her face

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To be continued…

All my ‘Alice’ flash fiction written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge can be read as standalones, but if you’re interested in reading previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here they are!

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#FridayFictioneers ‘The Cabin’ #FlashFiction

It’s Friday, time for another Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction story. 

Today’s story takes us back to when Alice was a teenager. She’s on an outing with her parents, Kevin and Marsha and her best friend Billy. 

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the challenge, and Karen Rawson for today’s photo prompt, which led me directly to this weeks’ 100-word story. 

PHOTO PROMPT © Karen Rawson

The Cabin

Kevin looked up the steep, weathered stairs. “I’m not going up there, Alice.”

“But its a great hiding place dad,” she said, racing up to the rundown cabin and slipping out of sight.

Kevin dropped to the ground as his wife arrived. “Where’s Alice?” 

He nodded towards the cabin. “And Bill?” he asked.

Marsha shrugged. “I’d guess he’s up there too.”

Kevin tried to get up and winced. “We’ll have to climb up somehow.”

“Lets wait here, Kevin. They’ll be back soon.”

“Not soon enough.”

Marsha giggled. “Do you remember when we…”

Kevin groaned. “I’m trying very hard not to.”

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All my ‘Alice’ flash fiction written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge can be read as standalones, but if you’re interested in reading previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here they are!

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#FridayFictioneers ‘Clara’ #FlashFiction #100words

It’s Friday, time for another Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction story. 

Kevin has been behaving strangely since he  was kidnapped and rescued by Alice and Billy.

Last week, Alice and her mother caught Kevin on a date with another woman. This week he has some explaining to do… 

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the challenge, and Yarnspinnerr for today’s photo prompt, which led me directly to this weeks’ 100-word story.

PHOTO PROMPT © Yarnspinnerr

Clara

“I’m listening, dad. Explain.”
“Alice, this is Clara. We met many years ago, before you were born.”
Alice folded her arms over her chest and stared at her father, ignoring the stylish woman by his side.  
“I was in Mexico, with my mother, looking for my father.”
“Nice try. Did you forget your father died when you were a baby?”
“The truth is he left us and returned to his native Mexico.”
Alice shivered. “Mexico?”
“He had another family there.”
Alice’s arms fell to her side. “What?”  
“Clara is your aunt, my stepsister.”
Alice’s head spun.
“Clara needs our help, Alice.”
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 All my ‘Alice’ flash fiction written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge can be read as standalones, but if you’re interested in reading previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here they are!

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#FridayFictioneers ‘The Lie’ #FlashFiction #100words

It’s Friday, time for another Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction story with adorable and creative Alice, her parents, Marsha and Kevin, and her best friend, Billy.

Kevin was kidnapped and rescued by Alice and Billy, but since his return, he’s been behaving strangely…

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the challenge, and Dale Rogerson for today’s photo prompt, which led me directly to this weeks’ 100-word story.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

The Lie

“Mum, what are we doing here?”
Alice scanned the floor below, where the concert attendants were having a drink during the intermission.
Her voice trembled. “Your father is seeing someone.”
“Who?”
“I don’t know her name,” she said pointing at a woman standing by a table. “She’s waiting for him.”
“But dad’s visiting Uncle Ben.” He’d said he needed space after the ordeal.
“He’s lying.”
Kevin strode across the hall with two wine glasses.
Her mother grabbed her arm. “Where are you going, Alice?”
“To find out what’s going on.”
Kevin’s face paled as she approached.
“Alice, I can explain.”
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 All my ‘Alice’ flash fiction written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge can be read as standalones, but if you’re interested in reading previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here they are!

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#FridayFictioneers ‘Overlook Hotel’ #FlashFiction

Time again for a new episode of Friday Fictioneers featuring our indomitable heroine, Alice Pendragon, her best friend, Billy, and her parents Kevin and Marsha. This story takes us back to Alice’s early teen years, before her father disappeared.

Thank you Rochelle at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple for this week’s prompt for hosting this fabulous weekly flash fiction challenge. Thank you © Dale Rogerson for this week’s snowy photo prompt.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson.

Overlook Hotel

Marsha turned from the jammed door. ‘We’re snowed in.’

Billy’s lips curled and Alice grabbed his hand. ‘Let’s turn the lights out, sit around the fireplace and tell ghost stories.’

Kevin shook his head and Marsha aimed the remote control. ‘What about a movie while I prepare dinner?’

Alice tugged her arm. ‘Stay mum. Tell us one of granny’s stories.’

‘I’m starving, darling.’ said Kevin.

‘Let’s have campfire baked potatoes and pretend we’re trapped in…’

‘Let me guess,’ sighed Kevin. ‘Castle Dracula?’

‘I was thinking of Overlook Hotel, actually, daddy.’

Marsha gasped. Kevin stared back blankly and Alice hoped he wouldn’t Google it, or she’d be grounded again.

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Creative and cheeky Alice, always a step ahead of Kevin!

The picture prompt reminded me of Steven King’s, The Shining, a fabulous book and movie, which fortunately for Alice, Kevin hasn’t read or seen!

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All my ‘Alice’ flash fiction stories, written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge, can be read as standalones, but if you’d like to read previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here they are!

Friday Fictioneers #FlashFiction ‘Checkmate’ or ‘The Miracle’ #100words

This is my belated entry to Rochelle’s weekly Fiction Challenge.  A hundred words to write a story with the picture prompt she provides. Thank you to PHOTO PROMPT © JS Brand for This week’s picture.

Something wonderful has happened this week. As a result of all your comments, I’ve tweaked my flash, because I realised I’d given the completely wrong idea of Alica and Billy’s relationship. I know them so well, I forget readers might not remember or have read previous flashes. Each flash should be able to stand on its own. I need to remember that, so here are both flashes, the old one, Checkmate and the new one The Miracle.

Thank you for letting me know your thoughts. It helps me improve my writing.

PHOTO PROMPT © JS Brand

‘Checkmate’

Billy moved his bishop and sighed. ‘Checkmate.’

Alice pouted. ‘It’s about time. I won the last three games.’

‘Who cares?’ He said setting the pieces back on the board. ‘I just like watching you plan and execute your moves.’

Alice felt a knot rise up her throat. ‘It’s a miracle that you’re my best friend, Billy.’

His brow furrowed. ‘I wouldn’t be anyone else’s best friend, not ever.’

‘But suppose I had been born in a third world country, thousands of miles away, in a poor, illiterate family…’   

‘You’re such a bad loser, Alice. That’s why I always let you win.’

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The Miracle

Billy moved his bishop. ‘Checkmate.’

Alice smiled. ‘It’s about time. I won the last three games.’

‘Who cares?’ He smiled setting the pieces back on the board. ‘I just like watching you plan and execute your moves.’

Alice felt a knot rise up her throat. ‘It’s a miracle that you’re my best friend, Billy.’

His brow furrowed. “A miracle?”

‘Suppose I had been born in a third world country, thousands of miles away, and lived on an old boat…”

He squeezed her hand “It’s a miracle I won and I wouldn’t be anyone else’s best friend, not ever.”

She kissed his cheek. “Rematch?”

 

All my ‘Alice’ flash fiction stories, written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge, can be read as standalones, but if you’d like to read previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here they are!