Friday Fictioneers: Gatecrasher

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

Storm Philippa had touched down at around 2 am, buckling the thin poles of the discount store gazebo, tearing canvas, flooding the gas barbecue Trevor had hired especially. Their 25th anniversary party in ruins.

Sheila couldn’t help a bitter smile.

The mess of shoddy steel and nylon was the perfect metaphor for her marriage – something unforeseen had intruded from beyond Sheila’s comfortable domestic bubble and destroyed that too.

Only her name wasn’t Philippa.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers. Peruse the pic and write an appropriate tale. See here to join the fun.

23 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Gatecrasher

  1. Dear Lynn,

    As always, you’ve managed to tell a much larger story in few words. The last line is a hard-hitting punchline. Wonderfully written, brilliantly told.




    1. Ah, thanks so much Joy. I could imagine some women going ahead with a big event like that, all the while knowing what the husband has done. Thanks so much and glad you liked the title 🙂

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  2. This is a perfect example of what flash fiction is capable of: a story told with economy, incisive character sketches, powerfully projected images, an immersive mini-tragedy. Genius.

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