Friday Fictioneers

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Whilst wandering through the woods she came upon a wizened little man slumped on a stump beside a muddy stream, a sorrowful shroud of loneliness draped across his sagging shoulders. Sensing his pain, she knew her charge was to offer solace. She reached into her bag and flung a shower of twinkling silver stars into the air. As they settled all around him he smiled and as he did, the sky cast off its cloak of cloud and bathed him in sunlight. He stood, smiled, climbed the steps and was gone. What troubled him sheโ€™ll never know, nor need she. She loved being an angel.


Word count 101

Post 1669


Written for Friday Fictioneers which is hosted by Rochelle. The photo is provided by Karen Rawson


109 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers

  1. Kalpana May 2, 2018 / 12:03

    What a lovely story in response to the photo prompt.


  2. Varad May 2, 2018 / 12:18

    That’s a story filled with warmth. Nice one, Keith. (Hope he wasn’t Rumpelstiltskin)


  3. Natasha May 2, 2018 / 12:38

    What a magical piece of writing Keith. And you are already back with another bang so quickly post a very commendable AtoZ with Rosey. Kudos my friend!!!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 2, 2018 / 13:22

      Thanks so much, Natasha. It’s great to have Rosey off my back for a while – I couldn’t wait for a change of theme!

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  4. granonine May 2, 2018 / 12:45

    “A sorrowful shroud of loneliness”—beautiful writing, Keith. I missed you last week.


    • Keith's Ramblings May 2, 2018 / 13:23

      That’s lovely of you, thanks so much. A-Z did keep me a bit busy last month, so it’s great to be back to normal again.

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  5. rochellewisoff May 2, 2018 / 12:52

    Dear Keith,

    What a sweet tale that left me smiling. Thanks for the stardust. ๐Ÿ˜€




    • Keith's Ramblings May 2, 2018 / 13:32

      There’s plenty more where that came from Rochelle! It’s good to back on board after going AWAL last month.

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  6. Sandra May 2, 2018 / 14:15

    She’s welcome round my place any time. Lovely story, Keith.


  7. James May 2, 2018 / 15:20

    You’d think being an angel, she’d know. Oh, in spite of the popularity of female angels, all angels in the Bible are either mistaken for men or God. Not sure what the Almighty had in mind when He created them.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 2, 2018 / 19:17

      She doesn’t like to be nosey! Hopefully it’ll be a while before I get the low down on angels! Cheers James

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  8. Jelli May 2, 2018 / 15:33

    I really, really enjoyed that one! So beautifully written and sweet. A good use for Angel Dust, for sure!

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  9. Rowena May 2, 2018 / 16:30

    Well done, Keith. This was a beautiful piece of writing. I loved it.
    Well done on getting through the A-Z. I’ll pop by and catch up on Rosey during the week. It was very hard to keep up with the reading while still researching and writing everyday, but that intensity has paid off with a solid body of work at the end. It’s totaly beyond the scope of the challenge, but that’s fine too. Now, I need to refine it.
    Best wishes,

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 2, 2018 / 19:22

      Fortunately my friend Rosey didn’t need a lot of research so the challenge was not too difficult for me! I had constant requests to put my tales in a book so that may well be my next project. I’m delighted that you liked my story. Thanks Rowena.


  10. Lynn Love May 2, 2018 / 17:58

    What a sweetly optimistic story – filled with selflessness and hope even in the darkest of hours. Just lovely

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  11. calensariel May 2, 2018 / 19:36

    I would feel just like that if I were her. Sounds like so much fun just making people happy!


  12. Joy Pixley May 3, 2018 / 00:51

    What a lovely story, Keith! How nice it would be to get some twinkling magical happiness from an angel when you’re feeling down.

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  13. Dale May 3, 2018 / 01:24

    That was lovely, Keith. Now, would you please send her my way? I could use her about now…

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  14. pennygadd51 May 3, 2018 / 13:52

    Nice story, Keith. What a delightful way of accounting for those moments in life when we feel an unreasonable optimism. An angel did it! Lovely!

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  15. Mike May 3, 2018 / 14:08

    I loved your take on this week’s prompt Keith. Must watch out for that Angel.


  16. Mike May 3, 2018 / 23:29

    This is a story I could read and read. Lovely

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  17. hilarymb May 4, 2018 / 16:52

    Hi Keith – delightful … just what I need – cheers Hilary

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  18. Fatima Fakier May 5, 2018 / 09:10

    What a beautiful story. It has a good message of showing kindness to others without knowing what their troubles are. Just lovely, Keith!

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  19. shivamt25 May 5, 2018 / 10:25

    She sure is using her angel powers for all the right reasons. Lovely story!

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  20. Kelvin M. Knight's blog May 5, 2018 / 10:55

    How beautiful, Keith. To offer solace we need not know the cause just the effect the emotions are having. Great story. Glad you are back – and back with a bang you are!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 5, 2018 / 11:24

      So true Kelvin. And it’s good to be back on course again! Thanks so much for your words of encouragement.

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  21. Brenda's Thoughts May 5, 2018 / 20:55

    Oh, poor little man (…a sorrowful shroud of loneliness draped across his sagging shoulders). So glad his story ended happy! =)

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  22. gahlearner May 5, 2018 / 22:17

    This is beautiful. I didn’t expect the angel in the end, I was so busy reading and rereading because …words. Slumped on a stump, a sorrowful shrowd, sagging shoulders, cloak of cloud… wonderful.

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  23. Nan Falkner May 6, 2018 / 06:00

    Keith, It is so comforting that an Angel was looking over him in his time of need. Well written!

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  24. Sarah Ann May 7, 2018 / 19:57

    Such a positive little tale and so moody. I really liked ‘sorrowful shroud of loneliness’ which gives a great sense of what he’s feeling.


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