#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!

#FridayFictioneers ‘Frosty Quarrel’ #FlashFiction #100words

Time again for a new episode of Friday Fictioneers featuring our indomitable heroine, Alice Pendragon, who will discover the downside of falling in love…

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 icy photo prompt.

Frosty Quarrel

“You asked me how I feel, mum?” Alice said walking over to the window and lifting her chin towards the wintry garden.

“Like ice. My heart is crying frozen drops of dew, hanging onto the freezing branches. I’m chilled to the core and dead to the world. I’m paralysed by frost and trapped in a tiny iceberg.”

Alice remembered their argument and sighed. “Billy’s not coming back this time.”

Her mother chuckled. “He left an hour ago.”

Alice shook her head. “You don’t understand, mum.”

Her mother smiled. “Trust me, I do. Call him. He’s feeling like the frozen pool.”

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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!

#FridayFictioneers ‘The Roof’ #FlashFiction

Time again for this week’s new episode of Friday Fictioneers featuring our indomitable heroine, Alice Pendragon.

Alice is still trying to find out why her father is in danger, and she’ll stop at nothing, even if it means risking her own life.

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 Marie Gail Stratford for this week’s photo prompt.

The Roof Button

Alice followed her into the elevator.

The woman hit the roof button with unsteady fingers and stared at the floor.

Alice waited for the last passengers to step out and removed her wig and sunglasses. “I need your help, Laura.” 

“Alice?” she gasped. “I can’t even help myself.”

Alice showed her the flash drive. “Help me decipher it.”

Laura stepped back. “Keep away. You’re in danger.”

“Please, Laura…”

“You don’t know who you’re dealing with. I’d rather disappear than let them catch me.”

 “Then you’ll have to take me with you,” Alice said as she snapped handcuffs on both their wrists.

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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!

#FridayFictioneers ‘Family’ #FlashFiction #100words

Time for this week’s new episode of Friday Fictioneers featuring Alice and her best friend, Billy.

Alice’s dad, Kevin, has been rescued, but they still don’t know why the whole family is in danger.

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 Roger Bultot for this week’s photo prompt.

Family

His pale blue irides darkened mirroring the stormy sky.
“Has he spoken?” asked Bill.
“Not yet.”
His fiery eyes stared beyond the horizon, his pale face, carved in stone.
“How are you dad?”
“I never thought I’d see the sunset again,” he muttered absently, then turned to me. “Alice, you shouldn’t have rescued me. We’re all in danger now.”
I hugged his stiff waist.
“We’re a family, dad. We look after each other. If one of us is in danger, we all help.”
He shook in my arms. I never thought I’d be so relieved to hear my father cry.

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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!

#FridayFictioneers ‘The Wedding Band’ #Flashfiction #100Words

I’m thrilled it’s Friday once again. Time for a new flash fiction episode for Friday Fictioneers featuring Alice and her best friend, Billy.

Alice’s dad, Kevin, is still missing, and Alice will do anything to find him. Billy will do anything to help Alice, so together they’re a great team!

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 Sandra Crook for this week’s photo prompt.

The Wedding Band

Alice sat on the grass, eyes closed, her back and head leaning against the tree trunk.

‘What’s up?’ asked Billy.

‘I’m looking for evidence.’

Billy looked over towards the abandonned cottage. ‘Shouldn’t we be looking inside?’

‘The tree’s our only witness,’ Alice whispered.

Billy crouched beside her, facing the bark.

‘Can you feel it too?’ She asked.

Billy pushed his fingers inside a knot hole.

‘I know my father was here.’

‘He was,’ said Billy. ‘Look.’ He pulled out Kevin’s singular, encrusted wedding band. ‘Now we’re going to the police.’

‘No,’ said Alice. ‘We keep searching until we find him before the others do.’

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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!

#FridayFictioneers ‘Lifesaver’ #FlashFiction #100words

I’m thrilled it’s Friday once again. Time for a new flash fiction episode for Friday Fictioneers featuring Alice, her best friend, Billy, and her parents Marsha and Kevin.

I’ve moved back in time and Alice and Billy are children again in this week’s episode. Alice is having some problems with her dad regarding a bird’s nest… Fortunately Billy comes to the rescue…  

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   Douglas M. MacIlroy for this week’s photo prompt.

Lifesaver

‘Dad, let me speak to her,’ said Alice.
‘What do you mean, her?’
‘She’s looking after her babies.’
He rolled his eyes. 
Alice listened. ‘She says she won’t go, not without her nest.’  
‘Birds should nest in the forest, not on my basement walls.’
‘Dad, don’t strangle her! She has babies!’
‘I’ll take them,’ said Billy.  
‘Be my guest,’ replied her dad before storming out. 
‘What are we going to do?’ Alice asked Billy.
‘Take the nest to our secret garden. They’ll be safe there until they can fly away.’
Alice jumped up and kissed Billy’s cheek. ‘You’re a lifesaver!’

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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!

#FridayFictioneers ‘Rescuing Kevin’ #FlashFiction #100Words

I’m thrilled it’s Friday once again. Time for a new flash fiction episode for Friday Fictioneers featuring Alice, her best friend, Bill, and her parents Marsha and Kevin.

Kevin has been in serious trouble for the last three weeks, and now he’s missing, but tenacious Alice has found him…

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  Ted Strutz for this week’s photo prompt.

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

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Rescuing Kevin

The captor smirked, pointing his gun. “Your farewell note was convincing. No-one is looking for you.”
Tied and gagged, Kevin gazed at the moon and thanked God that at least his family were safe.
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Alice crept behind the bushes. “There’s only one man watching my father on deck. His accomplice just drove away.”
“He’ll be back soon. We have to be quick,” said Bill.
“I’ll distract him on the front deck while you use the taser from behind.”
“Are you sure, Alice? He’s armed and dangerous.”
Her eyes twinkled in the moonlight. “Come on, let’s rescue my dad.”   

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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!

#FridayFictioneers ‘Watch Me’ #FlashFiction #100Words

I’m thrilled it’s Friday once again. Time for a new flash fiction episode for Friday Fictioneers featuring Alice, her best friend, Bill, and her parents Marsha and Kevin.

Kevin has been in serious trouble for the last three weeks, and now he’s missing…

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  J Hardy Carroll for this week’s photo prompt, below.

Watch Me

My mother’s voice trembled. “Promise me you’ll respect your father’s wishes, Alice.”

“Of course, mum,” I replied, kissing her cheek and heading out to my father’s car.

I wasn’t surprised to see Bill, leaning against the bumper. He hopped into the passenger seat and I drove to my destination.

“Don’t go inside, Alice.”

“You’re my boyfriend not my boss.”

He placed his hands on my shoulders. “I’m the person who’ll always put your well-being first.”

“He’d never leave us.”

“His note said, ‘Don’t look for me,” Bill said standing in front of the building.

I pushed past him. “Watch me.”

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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!