One hundred and ninety-nine words…

for Sunday Photo Fiction


I was not entirely sure what this weeks photo prompt was all about, but after a bit of Googling, I’ve concluded it’s probably a weather dome. I may be wrong of course!



The rain was beating on the window.  He poured the last drop of vodka from the bottle and downed it in one. Music blared from the radio; Buddy Holly, Raining in my Heart. He spun around, swept it from the table. It crashed to the floor and fell silent.

It was a week ago she left. A week on his own. All alone.

There was nothing of interest in the local paper. Until that was, he saw an article about the weather. It was the longest period of foul weather he could remember, yet the forecasters said ‘the current spell of unseasonably warm and sunny weather is set to continue’. Then he spotted the result of a football match which he thought wasn’t happening until Saturday.

The radio crackled back to life. ‘And it’s raining, raining in my heart’. He kicked it into the corner where it smashed to pieces.

On page thirteen were the obituaries.  He saw a photograph that stopped him dead; he was looking at a tribute to himself. The words started spinning and everything around him became a blur except for the date at the top of the page which came into sharp focus. 

He was reading next week’s paper.




Thanks to Susan Spaulding for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction and for providing this week’s intriguing picture!

Prod the frog to see what others have written!



24 thoughts on “One hundred and ninety-nine words…

  1. Violet Lentz Apr 14, 2019 / 12:22

    I wonder if he will snap out of it long enough to change the future? Nicely told, Keith.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 14, 2019 / 14:00

      If he manages that he’ll be quite useful in times to come! Cheers Violet.


  2. Mike Apr 14, 2019 / 12:43

    The taste of Vodka hangs heavy in this story. I hope he breaks free,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 14, 2019 / 13:58

      So kind of you, thanks – and a change from writing Kid’s stories for A-Z Challenge Mondays to Saturdays!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Sadje Apr 14, 2019 / 14:07

    Oh wow. Quite a story you have woven around this Prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Tessa Apr 14, 2019 / 14:10

    I really liked this one. I too am having trouble figuring out the picture. Looks like you might have the right idea. Liked the story either way.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 14, 2019 / 14:12

      I typed ‘dome tower’ in Google Images and found lots of pictures like it and hoped for the best! Anyway, I’m delighted you liked my little tale Tessa.

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  5. Jules Apr 14, 2019 / 16:24

    Well now, looks like this guy has some choices he can make on whether to straighten up and fly right or swim with the fishes…
    Nicely done.

    I thought it had to do with weather too… But since I smooshed two prompts I went in another direction.

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  6. ceayr Apr 14, 2019 / 23:41

    Time to get a bet on that match, I think!


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