Friday Fictioneers for December 30th, 2022

During the year twenty-twenty-two, the lovely and wonderful Rochelle has tempted and challenged all comers with photographic inspiration. Every week, she boosted me to the writing of a one-hundred-word story. This is my fifty-second story this year: 5,200 words that might have been a brief short story, but each is a micro fictional attempt to swing fanatically for the fences.

This year’s finale provides us with one of Rochelle’s personal pictures from which we are to connect the dots and write a complete story with fewer words than compose the average parrot’s vocabulary: no more than 100.

Join the fun by clicking on the photo for a quick taxi ride over to Rochelle’s blog. There you can find all you need to know to play along. Post your story with the others on the inlinkz app.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Musical Fiction
Title: Anticipation
Word count: 100

I was enjoying the view, sitting in the Little Lemon Coffee Shop, a bistro (ish) phenom in our city library, when I heard three electronic beeps.

The doors opened. Someone said her name. I saw her floating toward me with that hypnotizing, toothy, Cheshire cat smile.

I lifted my sax and played my feelings. We were in heaven. I felt privileged in the presence of musical royalty.

Then I heard three more beeps, and she sang, “Double shot Americano and cinnamon croissant, for Mister Bill.”

I thought, Death is calling me but I’m not leaving this dream before she does.

Look both ways for the music of a lifetime.
Mind the gaps and cap the lies.
We all have our story to tell.

Carly Simon lost both sisters, Jo and Lucy, to cancer in the same week this past October. Click on them to read more 100-word marvels.


Four magnificent minutes of beautiful music.

48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for December 30th, 2022

  1. Why would he want to wake up from such a delicious dream! This is wonderfully written, Bill… and to close off with that lovely version of the song, well, that was magical, too.
    You know, I’ve been on more than one cruise… okay, okay, not one as grand as the QE2, which may explain why we never had quite that level of entertainment.

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      1. No kidding… because I cannot think Carly Simon is yet a “has been” who can’t get gigs elsewhere! Then again, it IS the QE2….

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      2. It is. And I had not heard about her losing her sisters one day apart (plus her brother, also to cancer) a few years ago… My goodness.

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      3. Yep. And she had breast cancer in her early 50s. Her mother died of lung cancer. But she is doing well, as far as I know. I should call and check up on her, right? 🙂

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      4. I was just telling my boss about her and she asked about her parents… Which you’ve answered for one of them. And Carly too? Jeezus. What is up in that family?


      5. About their deaths? Because it is a long crazy story regarding her parents. Dad, Richard of Simon and Shuster publishing, died in 1960 (ish) of heart disease (he smoked lots). Brother Peter died in 2018, also of heart disease. Two memoirs and her biography. 🙂

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  2. Dear Bill,

    I relate to those dreams from which one prefers not to awaken. I’m really happy you’ve stuck with Friday Fictioneers all this time! Seems like you’ve been part of us longer. (and that’s a good things) And you’re not so vain. 😉 Love the Carly Simon song. So sad about her sisters.
    Our neighbor across the street lost her long battle with metastatic breast cancer two days ago. She was just shy of her 40th birthday. Still feeling the sting of this one.
    But I digress. Good story. Keep writing. Keep dreaming, my friend.

    Shalom and Happy New Year,


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    1. Thank you, Rochelle.

      FF has become a staple for me and I am grateful for your efforts over the years. Another “well-done” to add to your many accomplishments.

      May 2023 be a wonderful year for us all.




  3. She and Hubby James Taylor were all the rage when I was a teenager. They were a variation of Jerry Goffin and Carole King for the somewhat younger uns. It must have been such a thrill for you to be allowed to have her sing your order.

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