100 words

for Friday Fictioneers which is hosted once again by Rochelle.



Another grey day, I feel grey, even my hoodie is grey. I wasn’t meant to be a city dweller. Why am I trapped in this mass of neverending greyness?

I should live in a country cottage, not a characterless concrete apartment block. I want to walk among wildflowers not tread litter-strewn pavements. I dream of hearing birdsong, not the constant sound of traffic.

I can see it now, it’s there, beside me, urging me to turn and leave the past behind. I will. I’ll take my first step into the future … ouch, I’ve walked straight into a bloody brick wall.


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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

50 thoughts on “100 words

  1. Suzette Benjamin May 3, 2023 / 16:57

    The city “jungle” always seem to me to be a constant reminder of the real and natural jungle. Well penned, Keith. Sorry about the wall.

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  2. Iain Kelly May 3, 2023 / 18:08

    I’ve often had this daydream, but then can I leave all the convenience of urban living behind? The older I get, the more I think I could!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 4, 2023 / 15:06

      Living in a town with the sea on one side and the countryside surrounding the others provides me with the best of both worlds!

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  3. msjadeli May 3, 2023 / 18:30

    Keith there really is no contest between city and country life is there. Once he patches himself up, I hope he heads out for nature.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 4, 2023 / 15:10

      I left a small country town to live in London for several years in my younger days. I still quite miss the city, but I can’t imagine living there again.

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      • msjadeli May 4, 2023 / 17:17

        I think the best way to enjoy a city is to live close enough to visit it for all the benes it has to offer but not have to endure the rest.


  4. Dale May 3, 2023 / 20:14

    Love how you have brightened up my photo, Keith! And that just sucks, being trapped like that. Fun take!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 4, 2023 / 15:16

      I hoped you wouldn’t mind but I couldn’t resist it! I was also hoping it would accentuate what appears to be someone in a grey hoodie walking past a door at the bottom – but it didn’t!

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      • Dale May 4, 2023 / 15:20

        I don’t mind at all! It was a brilliant (hyuck hyuck hyuck) idea to accentuate it. 🙂


    • Keith's Ramblings May 4, 2023 / 15:26

      My thoughts too! I like to hop on the train to London now again because it offers what the countryside can’t.


  5. James McEwan May 4, 2023 / 07:49

    Great piece. Having lived in the horror of the city, our character has lost his sense of reality and his life seems trapped by a circle of brick walls. He would have hated Berlin during the Cold War.


  6. authorfleurl May 4, 2023 / 11:35

    Nicely done. This mural is very similar to those in Christchurch. I’ll have to find time to do a story this week. I enjoyed yours, Keith 🙂

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  7. Alicia Jamtaas May 4, 2023 / 17:05

    Maybe giving it another go will help, perhaps wearing a helmet.


  8. poetisatinta May 5, 2023 / 16:50

    Oh no, you waited till the very end I though it was going to be serious 😆- it’s those Mr Magoo glasses you need some new ones, maybe not rose-tinted 😄

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2023 / 17:04

      I was quite pleased with myself getting as far as I did being serious, and then it happened! You could be right Angela.

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  9. rochellewisoff May 6, 2023 / 03:09

    Dear Keith,

    There’s something to be said for being aware of your surroundings. Time to leave the city behind and get back to the country. Fun stuff.




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