Une histoire courte

for Fictions du Vendredi which is graciously hosted by Rochelle.


I thought I’d try to confuse some of you this week by writing a piece partly in Google-assisted Français, sorry, French.





Fear not though folks, because I’ve recorded the audio completely in plain English!


I heard a voice

Suivez-moi, s’il vous plaît it said

From the darkness

 a girl appeared

A look of fear

a tear-stained face

Ce qui vous veulent? I asked

Suivez-moi et vous verrez she replied

je ne veux pas I said 

Vous devez she begged

She ran down an alley

Hâte she called

je ne peux pas suivre ton rythme I yelled

Faster and faster she went

Rapidement she shouted

 Je suis perdant vous I said

She disappeared

Là où êtes vous? I called

Pas grave she cried 

Ce qui vous a voulu? I asked

Il est trop tard she sobbed

Guess I’ll never know



Click Monsieur Froggie to see what others have come up with!1



PHOTO PROMPT © Rowena Curtin

48 thoughts on “Une histoire courte

  1. Suzette Benjamin Mar 15, 2023 / 16:40

    I wonder…why wa it too late..perhaps we’ll never know…ah well..c’est la vie!
    Good one Keith! Super creative!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Iain Kelly Mar 15, 2023 / 17:31

    Mysterious. Given she’s upset and it’s too late, I’m guessing it’s not a good thing. Still, on with his holiday!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. msjadeli Mar 15, 2023 / 17:59

    Like Iain’s, this one also reads like a dream. The challenge is to figure out what it’s trying to tell you.

    I like the effort you put into your story presentations, Keith.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 16, 2023 / 14:05

      Thanks, Lisa, that’s exactly how I hoped it would come across. For me, presentation is the thing I enjoy most when posting, though it can sometimes take a long time to achieve the desired effect!

      Liked by 1 person

      • msjadeli Mar 16, 2023 / 19:38

        You’re welcome, always a pleasure.


  4. Liz Young Mar 15, 2023 / 18:40

    Pourquoi la Franglais, mon ami? Tres amusent, mais je ne comprends pas la motif de la femme.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 16, 2023 / 14:25

      Je ne sais pas pourquoi, mais c’était amusant à écrire ! Beaucoup de choses étranges se sont produites quand je vivais en France.


  5. The Sicilian Storyteller Mar 16, 2023 / 11:31

    Oh, quanto sei ingiusto a lasciarci in tale incertezza! Spero che la seconda parte non sia lontana. Vedi cosa succede quando ci prendi in giro? Hahaha!!


  6. rochellewisoff Mar 16, 2023 / 12:10

    Dear Keith,

    Thank you for the much needed translations. Now we’ll never know either. 😉




  7. Bill Mar 16, 2023 / 19:45

    Excellent, Keith. Is your French really that good? I don’t see Dale’s comment (yet). I wonder which language she will choose? 🙂

    Thanks for the audio. It not only helped with my abysmal language disability, your talent added to the suspense. May they meet again soon.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 17, 2023 / 12:04

      No Bill, despite living there for a few years it isn’t! Thanks for listening along, I’m delighted to have suspended you!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bill Mar 17, 2023 / 16:31



  8. poetisatinta Mar 17, 2023 / 12:35

    Great Bill, I read it first to test my French and was so pleased I understood it, it’s been some years since I have used it but I suppose it is still there lurking in my brain somewhere thanks 🙂


  9. Nobbinmaug Mar 18, 2023 / 01:39

    Mysterious, even in English. That’s the kind of encounter that will torment one’s imagination for a lifetime.


  10. granonine Mar 18, 2023 / 17:49

    I sure am glad you translate the French into English for the audio!

    I see you commented that you had a little fun with this one. But–don’t you always?


  11. GHLearner Mar 19, 2023 / 12:54

    Oh what fun, my rusty French was creaking along nicely. The idea and presentation are unique. Merveilleux.


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