A 100 Word Story

Friday Fictioneers


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It’s back again. February. Every year it turns up around the same time. It’s peering at me through the window like a miserable grey demon.

It’s the middle of the day but it’s more like dusk. I can see the sea from here. It’s grey. Rising from the distant horizon the sky is grey, even the seagulls squawking overhead are grey. There’s a blanket of snow. Blankets are meant to keep you warm. Not this one. The only bit of colour I see is a lone daffodil bravely standing there to remind me that spring is waiting just around the corner.


Thanks once again to Rochelle for hosting, and to Dale Rogerson for this week’s photo.


96 thoughts on “A 100 Word Story

  1. rochellewisoff February 14, 2018 / 11:15

    Dear Keith

    Daffodils are easily confused, aren’t they? Lovely piece as the winter stretches and spring peeks over horizon.




    • Keith's Ramblings February 14, 2018 / 17:48

      They are Rochelle, some of mine are in flower and others not even in bud yet!


  2. Varad February 14, 2018 / 11:17

    A nice ray of hope. Good one, Keith.


  3. Denise February 14, 2018 / 11:45

    My daffodils are buried deep down under about two feet of snow. Have I mentioned that I hate winter?

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  4. Claire Fuller February 14, 2018 / 12:09

    I rather like February, but I know I’m pretty much on my own with this. Nice story.

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    • ceayr February 14, 2018 / 15:25

      I am also somewhat confused by the doom and gloom here, it’s just weather!

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      • Keith's Ramblings February 14, 2018 / 18:00

        I challenge you to go outside my door today CE! Never mind, I’ll be in Dubai next week. Yea!


    • Keith's Ramblings February 14, 2018 / 18:03

      Probably Claire! I hate Tuesdays, and February is like 28 of them in a row, even worse in leap years!


      • Jane Dougherty February 14, 2018 / 20:13

        Four buds. One lonely little daff. They’re all wild though so I can’t really complain.

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  5. Iain Kelly February 14, 2018 / 14:24

    A reflective piece Keith, that managed to catch my mood perfectly on another freezing cold day!

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  6. ceayr February 14, 2018 / 15:26

    This made me laugh long before I got to the daffodil.
    It’s winter, get over it!


    • Keith's Ramblings February 14, 2018 / 18:18

      Haha! I bet you wouldn’t be laughing if you still lived in Scotland! Cheers mate.!


      • ceayr February 14, 2018 / 19:05

        There is some truth in that, Keith, I don’t live here for the hot summers, but for the mild winters. Have a good trip.

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      • Dale February 14, 2018 / 21:49

        Says the one living in the beautiful south of France…

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  7. liz young February 14, 2018 / 15:37

    I get enough gloom about the weather from my OH, thank you! And I saw primroses in the verges at the weekend as well as daffodils.


    • Keith's Ramblings February 14, 2018 / 18:20

      I’m only kidding, winter is wonderful (ahem!) I adore primroses, snowdrops too. Thanks Liz


  8. Edith M. Field February 14, 2018 / 16:04

    I love the persistence of grey throughout the story and the sudden brightness of the daffodil. Wonderful!


  9. Anna Rymer February 14, 2018 / 17:25

    Such wonderful woe – I love it! Even the font of the title is irksome and grey! I love it ‘…peering through the window like a miserable grey demon’. A very accurate observation of February, although I find it a vast improvement on January!


  10. J. E. Kennedy February 14, 2018 / 18:05

    I love it when the daffodils start appearing. Don’t let February get you down 😉


  11. Dale February 14, 2018 / 21:50

    February does seem like the longest month, doesn’t it? We’ve been… ahhh… “blessed” with mounds of snow this year. Ain’t gonna see no daffodil for MONTHS!


    • Keith's Ramblings February 15, 2018 / 08:46

      It certainly does! I’m sure your daffodils are waiting just beneath the surface. I’m heading off to warmer climes next week and when I come back February will be but a memory!

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  12. Susan February 15, 2018 / 02:06

    I am always cheered by the first dash of yellow. It means hope of warmer weather is just around the corner. Well done


    • Keith's Ramblings February 15, 2018 / 08:39

      Me too, and despite the lone daf in my piece, they have come out everywhere very early this year, and right now the sun is shining!

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      • Susan February 15, 2018 / 22:22

        75 at my house but 40’s tomorrow. It’s like playing pong with the weather

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  13. Akshata Ram February 15, 2018 / 07:04

    The daffodil is a ray of hope, lovely one Keith. Liked your elaborate descriptions


  14. subroto February 15, 2018 / 08:04

    Winter? It’s a hot summer right now. Oh wait it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. At this moment snow sounds pretty good. A nice and reflective piece.

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 15, 2018 / 08:35

      It’s definitely winter time here although we haven’t actually had snow down here on the coast for many a year! Thanks Subroto


  15. Vivian Zems February 15, 2018 / 12:51

    That lone Daffodil is to stop thoughts of gloom. A glimmer of hope. Please bring some sunshine back from Dubai!

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      • Vivian Zems February 15, 2018 / 15:22

        Oooh, I’m so jealous! My daughter just got back from there. Have fun!

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      • Keith's Ramblings February 15, 2018 / 23:00

        I can’t wait Vivian – international tennis, a night at the opera and a Duran Duran concert to look forward to!


  16. Rowena February 15, 2018 / 13:41

    Being in Australia, I could shovel some of that snow and throw it into my car when I pick the kids up from school. It would be instant puddles. It’s been so hot.
    I love the image of this lone daffodil rising out of the snow. Do daffodils flower in the snow like this? No snow around my way. Only blue skies and a fuming sun.
    Best wishes,

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 15, 2018 / 13:47

      Early flowering ones do Rowena. Right now all I see from my window is blue sky, but although the sun is smiling at me, it can’t be described as fuming!

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      • Rowena February 16, 2018 / 14:19

        Do you have blue sky with snow outside? I love that. I’ve experienced that out skiing and it’s just glorious.

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  17. Sandra February 15, 2018 / 14:06

    At least the days are getting longer. Unlike November, which is my un-favourite.

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  18. Lynn Love February 15, 2018 / 14:10

    What a lovely ode to long, grey winters … and hope lifting with just the hint of sunshine that a daffodil can bring. Very atmospheric writing

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 15, 2018 / 20:51

      Norma, thanks so much for your kind words. Daffodils are very special, aren’t they?


  19. Alice Audrey February 15, 2018 / 15:17

    That’s the tail end of Winter for you. Cold, and gray with just the bare promise of an ending.

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  20. larry trasciatti February 15, 2018 / 18:07

    That one daffodil always keeps me hanging on. There are only 34 days to go until it’s officially over

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  21. Alicia Jamtaas February 15, 2018 / 19:36

    Lovely! I can actually see that spot of yellow against the grey. Nicely done, Keith.

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  22. plaridel February 16, 2018 / 02:03

    very nice. it’s something to keep the grey… er, blues away.

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  23. Jan Vanek February 16, 2018 / 02:34

    Gray, gray, gray and then . . . that lovely yellow. It’s one of the things I miss most about no snow in Dallas–seeing the spring bulbs pop up. And so, I enjoyed your story very much!

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 16, 2018 / 08:30

      They are just beginning to appear, so spring must be just around the corner! Thanks so much Jan


  24. draliman February 16, 2018 / 07:01

    I love the brave little daffodil, standing tall with its promise of warmer days to come 🙂

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  25. Moon February 16, 2018 / 10:35

    Beautifully poetic!
    My short acquaintance with Daffodils is confined to the famous Wordsworth poem. Really like your image of the lone Daffodil and how it is symbolic of bright hope.

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 16, 2018 / 10:49

      My little daf is not exactly a host, but I’m sure others will join it soon! Thanks, moon.


  26. Christine Goodnough February 17, 2018 / 01:01

    Enjoyed your little “ray of hope” daffodil, Keith. At -25C we have to contend with cats attracted to the door by the sun in windows, then coming to a dead stop on the thresh-hold and wanting to stand there in the open door to see if the weather warms up any. ☹

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  27. mjlstories February 17, 2018 / 11:10

    Shortest month, feels like the longest. Poor old February. But yes there are a few of those daffodils and if those don’t work there might be some left-over Valentine’s chocolates half-price at Tesco Express. I enjoyed your exaggerated gloom – very cheering!
    PS It has been comment mayhem in WordPress World this week. Did you leave me a comment by any chance? I approved a comment which went off into the ether, never to be seen again even by the Akismet Techies.

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 17, 2018 / 12:58

      When I went to Tescos yesterday there were a few leftover chocolates and lots of wilting red roses! I did leave a comment and it disappeared. I’ve just tried again!

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      • mjlstories February 17, 2018 / 13:10

        Weirdly I lost the comment I left here too – then it reappeared. All’s well that etc etc

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  28. Fatima Fakier February 17, 2018 / 11:58

    I’m reading this while the sun burns brightly outside in 30 degree summer. I’m looking for a little cool weather! 🙂 Really good writing here, Keith. Blankets of snow didn’t keep your MC warm, was a nice touch. Lovely ray of hope at the end too.

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  29. Tina Sequeira February 18, 2018 / 03:14

    Pretty interesting …the narrative and the metaphor to the grey demon. Love it! A great read as always 🙂 Looking forward to your next!

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 18, 2018 / 16:12

      That’s very kind of you Tina.I’ll be absent from the next 2 FriFics as I am jetting off to the sunshine for some R&R!


  30. Dawn M. Miller February 18, 2018 / 20:11

    Art imitating life here. Last night we had a few inches of snow, the temps rose and it’s gone now by afternoon. Just now someone posted a picture of a daffodil. Hope springs eternal.

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    • Keith's Ramblings February 19, 2018 / 21:33

      That is in fact what normally happens here – never the way it looks in that photo! Cheers Dawn

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  31. Sarah Ann February 19, 2018 / 20:11

    Beautifully done – the cold blanket effect, and feelings of claustrophobia. The splash of daffodil yellow is indeed a welcome and warming sight.

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