A few words…

for Friday Fictioneers




They agreed to meet at the signpost in the park. After months of slowly drifting apart, they’d reached a crossroads.  Which way to go? 

Walking slowly, heads bowed, the only sound was the swishing of grass beneath their feet. 

He picked her a flower, she pushed it away. He tickling her nose with it and saw a hint of a smile.

He held her arm as they descended some steps then they strolled hand in hand towards the lake.  Still, not a word passed between them.

They sat in silence watching two swans, then slowly turned to face each other. 

The signpost became a distant memory.







Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Dale Rogerson for the photo.

Prod the frogs to join in the fun.


73 thoughts on “A few words…

  1. Tannille Oct 2, 2019 / 11:51

    Not sure she liked her nose being tickled?
    I liked the quietness of this story.

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  2. rochellewisoff Oct 2, 2019 / 13:05

    Dear Keith,

    Such a sweet meeting. I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. ❤



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  3. Sandra Oct 2, 2019 / 17:39

    Quite a departure for you, Keith, and beautifully done, in a restrained, understated way.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 2, 2019 / 17:49

      I admit my finger hovered over the publish button for a while wondering if I was doing the right thing! Thanks so much for your encouraging words Sandra.

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      • Sandra Oct 2, 2019 / 18:00

        I sometimes feel that way myself when I write out of character. Indulge yourself – it was certainly worth it.

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  4. M K Zebra Oct 2, 2019 / 18:32

    I like this a lot – I really recognise that crossroads moment and the fear that your heart is about to get broken. I’m glad this couple turn it around.

    Hooray as well for this being a departure from your usual style, and you’ve done a really good job. I tried writing romance recently and it turned somehow into a dark political fantasy with love in sight. 🙈

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  5. granonine Oct 2, 2019 / 18:37

    Neil, you’ve been quite the romantic lately. Loved the quietness and the happy ending.

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    • granonine Oct 2, 2019 / 18:41

      Don’t know why I said “Neil.” He must have been the last one I read before yours. Keith. I knew it was you 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 3, 2019 / 10:20

      As they say, a change is as good as rest! Normal service will be resumed shortly!


      • Keith's Ramblings Oct 3, 2019 / 10:41

        What a lovely gesture. I just visited your post, and it’s informative as well as proof that opposites attract!


      • pensitivity101 Oct 3, 2019 / 11:07

        Thanks Keith. Hubby and I have been together over 30 years now and our backgrounds are totally different, yet we are your traditional pair of old comfy slippers.

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  6. Dale Oct 3, 2019 / 06:12

    This was absolutely lovely, Keith… You softie, you!

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  7. draliman Oct 3, 2019 / 12:55

    Aw, young love 🙂 You’ve been at the Photoshop again, fun!


  8. msjadeli Oct 3, 2019 / 15:52

    So romantic, Keith. I love the delicacy of the story, with the lovely swans at the end, one wonder replaced with another. And you know I love your froggies, this time a gentleman and a lady.

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  9. Inside the Mind of Isadora Oct 4, 2019 / 14:46

    A lyrically fluid sensitive write, Keith. I could feel the hesitations between them.
    Perhaps, there could be a hopeful connection. Nicely written … loved it.
    Isadora 😎

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  10. pennygadd51 Oct 4, 2019 / 15:00

    I liked the way you made use of the fidelity of swans to emphasize that this couple were truly in love. Nice romance, Keith.

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  11. darlamsands Oct 4, 2019 / 17:41

    How sweet. I envisioned the couple as young in my first read, then aged in the second. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. 4963andypop Oct 5, 2019 / 22:08

    From bittersweet resignation to sweet reconnection. Nicely understated Keith. Understatement is a tool rarely utilized in our garish, high-beam headlight media world.

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  13. Rowena Oct 7, 2019 / 13:49

    Keith, this was beautifully poignant and unlike my character, yours seem to be heading onward and upwards. Happy days ahead.
    Best wishes,

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