Friday Fiction: Herd Mentality

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Photo Prompt Copyright: Adam Ickes

Herd Mentality

When Martha arrived at the school gates with two black eyes, the other mums exchanged whispers, pitying looks and raised eyebrows. Some were surprised. They’d seen her husband a couple of times when he’d come to pick up his daughter, and he didn’t look the type.

‘They’re all the same,’ one said.

‘Men!’ said another.

‘Men!’ they all chorused.

‘I was trying to chase my sheep back into their pen,’ Martha explained, laughing. ‘They jumped the fence, then one of them jumped me, headbutted me right in the face.’

Surveying the disbelieving looks, Martha shook her head.

‘Women!’ she said.

 

 

(100 words)

 When I saw the photo there was only one story I could write. Why? Because it’s true! I was brought up on a small farm with Soay sheep (similar to the one in the picture), and Kentish sheep (white, fluffy ones). Whereas the Kentish sheep couldn’t jump for toffee, the Soays could easily clear a five foot fence. My mother was rounding up some escapees one day when one turned and jumped straight at her, knocking her flat on her back and giving her two black eyes. She had a very hard time explaining what had happened. Perhaps we should have traded the sheep in for some of those fainting goats – life would have been a lot simpler, and rumours a lot less rife!

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For those who don’t know, Friday Fictioneers is a challenge to write a 100 word story from a picture prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and anyone can play. Thanks for hosting, Rochelle! Check out the link below to see what other fictioneers did with this week’s prompt.

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Friday Fiction: The Ins & Outs of Love

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Photo prompt copyright: Kelly Sands

The Ins And Outs of Love

They lie on their backs in her garden, watching the storm clouds roll by. It was Kate’s idea, she saw it in a film and hopes Sam will think her quirky, cool and romantic. Sam thinks it’s weird, but stays because he’s hoping for some action.

Kate is in love; Sam is in lust.

He makes his move…

Kate is inexperienced; Sam is in luck.

Her clothes slide off and he slides on…

Kate is in the buff; Sam is in Kate.

Something’s happening deep inside her…

Kate is in trouble.

Sam is in a taxi, heading out of town.

 

(100 words)

 

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Friday Fiction: #callingmrcupid

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photo prompt: Claire Fuller

Photo prompt: Claire Fuller

 

#callingmrcupid

The words flashed on the screen, the ones she’d been dreading for weeks. She’d been thrilled to discover online dating, and even more thrilled when she’d been matched with Derek. They chatted every day, sometimes late into the night. But now the moment had come:

derek_132: Let’s meet.

Her heart raced and sank in equal measures. She knew it would be a disaster, it always was. Men changed when they met her, every man she had ever known, and she couldn’t bear to lose Derek. Still, maybe this time it would be different.

medusa_1: How do you feel about snakes?

 

(100 words)

 

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