A flash of fiction …

for Friday Fictioneers




A twiddle of her earlobe means she’s about to become profound.

‘I’ve been travelling the train-track of life’ she said.


‘Starts, stops, rises and falls’

‘So …’

‘It made decisions for me’


‘Then suddenly …’

‘Yes? ‘

‘…it came to an end’


‘Left me dangling’

‘Oh dear

‘It was a message’

‘A message?’

‘Time to get off, choose my own destinations’

‘Did you?’

‘Of course. I’m a different person now’

‘You look the same to me’

‘Within, not without’


‘For a start, I’m having curry tonight not my usual Chinese!’


‘Yea, join me?’

‘Can’t, got a train to catch’


alicia-jamtaas-photoThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Alicia Jamtaas for the picture.

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And finally – I came across Froggie in the park yesterday looking rather chilly!


PS. Don’t worry, it’s a sculpture!

58 thoughts on “A flash of fiction …

  1. granonine Feb 10, 2021 / 16:50

    Wry twist there at the end. Curry instead of Chinese sounds like a great choice to me 🙂

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  2. Iain Kelly Feb 10, 2021 / 17:29

    Some things don’t need a metaphor – like choosing a take away! Good one Keith 🙂

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  3. Alicia Jamtaas Feb 10, 2021 / 18:51

    What fun! The fact that a change of menu is a big change shows so much about the narrator.

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  4. Dora Feb 10, 2021 / 19:44

    That’s what she gets for giving him ideas! 😀

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  5. ceayr Feb 10, 2021 / 20:24

    You’re really not a well man, are you, Keith?
    PS I enjoyed this


  6. Christine Goodnough Feb 10, 2021 / 22:03

    Perhaps she’ll switch tracks and author a cookbook. Maybe Curry on the Oriental Express.


  7. rochellewisoff Feb 11, 2021 / 11:56

    Dear Keith,

    Curry sounds good. 😉 But I love a good Chinese meal, too. Cute story.



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  8. Dale Feb 11, 2021 / 12:41

    I like that the end of the railway means it’s time to take matters into your own hands… It’s never too late to do so!
    I really liked this. And I would have stayed for the curry 🙂

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      • Dale Feb 13, 2021 / 13:31

        No, it’s not and yes, we do. Lemme see… Mine’s Biryani…

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  9. Bear Feb 11, 2021 / 14:43

    Great conversation here. It’s not always easy to change spars, but sometimes the new track leads to better places.


  10. liz young Feb 11, 2021 / 15:46

    Choosing a different take-away is about all the options we have right now!

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  11. Nobbinmaug Feb 11, 2021 / 19:24

    I’ve been on a Chinese kick. It might be time to switch tracks. Curry, you say?

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  12. Brenda's Thoughts Feb 12, 2021 / 01:11

    He needs to get off the train of life and join her for curry! Entertaining tale as always and I enjoyed the dialogue. =)

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  13. Tannille Feb 12, 2021 / 04:22

    Some people just don’t want to embrace change. Personally I rather Thai food.

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  14. draliman Feb 12, 2021 / 07:36

    A good idea to get off – not a lot of choice of destination on the train tracks.

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  15. Sandra Feb 12, 2021 / 10:02

    Sounds like he needs a different travelling companion. I liked the pace of this.

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  16. James McEwan Feb 12, 2021 / 20:07

    yep, the story of life. No use sitting on the train station platform if you do not have a destination in mind. The first choice in life is to buy a ticket.

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  17. Michael Humphris Feb 12, 2021 / 23:08

    A walk outside tonight, will send her back to a liking for vindaloo

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  18. Woman walking Max Feb 14, 2021 / 13:02

    I think your elegant dialogue really works, caching one of those moments in life when we pause for thought.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. pennygadd51 Feb 14, 2021 / 21:38

    Lovely gentle entertainment. I particularly liked the irony of your last line!

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