Friday Fictioneers – Misty

This is my latest contribution to Madison Woods, Friday Fictioneer challenge. For those who are unfamiliar with this Friday activity, it is a challenge set by Madison to write a 100 word flash fiction story based on the photo prompt you’ll find below. My enjoyment comes from reading the enormous variety of interpretations that come along in both short story and poetry formats. I hope you enjoy my own effort and if you would like to take part there are more details at the bottom of the post about how you can do so.

The photo this week is courtesy of Maggie Duncan and the usual restrictions apply, it is her copyright so please respect that. Constructive criticism is always appreciated.

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Misty was up and out early, jogging through the centre of town, trying to clear her head from yet another night of worry and no sleep over the debts she had amassed.

One, she could rob the local bank; two, she could sell her body; three, she could do away with herself; four, she could just give in and go back home.

Weighing them all carefully in her mind, Misty realised there was only one option she was prepared to accept and headed up the drive of the local Art College to sign on as a life model!

(100 Words)

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You can find a bunch of other observations and interpretations here: madison-woods.com/index-of-stories/082412-2/ and also by following the links in the box below. If you would like to take part in Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers you will need to visit this page on her website which explains what to do: madison-woods.com/photo-prompt-for-the-fridayfictioneers-6/. You can also join in on Facebook at: facebook.com/FridayFictioneers



Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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58 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    And it’s lovely to welcome you too Joanna. I’ve not taken part for a few weeks either, holiday and catching up seems to have caught me out, hopefully I’ll be back next week though πŸ™‚

  2. Hehe, loved it!
    We’re not taking part this week but your link on Twitter caught my eye so I popped over πŸ™‚

  3. Linda says:

    Thanks for the comment Jess and thank you for the praise too πŸ™‚

  4. Jess Schira says:

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Great take on the prompt! Well done!

  5. Linda says:

    I think most of us have done that at some point or another, and then regetted it later πŸ˜‰

  6. Too true…like when we compromise our opinions/suggestions in lieu of the boss’

    ~Susan

  7. Linda says:

    There certainly are Susan, and most of the time we miss the easiest and the most fun, assuming that there is only the ‘oldest profession’ to fall back on.

  8. I figured she would give up and go home, but I like the ending. There are so many different ways to “sell ourselves,” aren’t there?

    ~Susan

  9. Linda says:

    Ha, ha, very apt and very true πŸ™‚

  10. billgncs says:

    ahh .. the uncovered truth ?

  11. Linda says:

    I was, studying for a degree in Theology of all things LOL πŸ™‚

  12. billgncs says:

    were you in university at the time?

  13. Linda says:

    Fortunately, you never had to look good to be a model for art students, you just had to be able to hold a pose for about 15 minutes at a time πŸ™‚

  14. Linda says:

    Thank you very muchly πŸ™‚

  15. Linda says:

    Thanks Anne, much appreciated πŸ™‚

  16. Linda says:

    Thanks Boomie πŸ™‚

  17. Linda says:

    Oh fidgets – definitely not something to encourage when trying to do this sort of work I can tell you. It’s a real pain when you need to scratch your nose …!

  18. Linda says:

    I’ve often wondered about taking it up again now that I’m older, with more wrinkles etc … I did find it incredibly peaceful as all I had to do was think πŸ™‚

  19. Linda says:

    Thanks Stevie – although we’ll have to see what the next photo brings … πŸ™‚

  20. Linda says:

    Thanks Adam πŸ™‚

  21. Linda says:

    I found it brilliant, the artists weren’t interested in me as a naked woman, just as a set of lines and shadows. I learnt patience and in the 1980’s it paid me Β£7.50 an hour which was a fortune …

  22. Adam Ickes says:

    Got me with that one too. Well done.

  23. elmowrites says:

    Strikes me life modelling will still take her a while to pay off her debts, but I’m glad she’s doing something positive to make the change!
    I’m over here; http://elmowrites.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/friday-fictioneers-far-afield/

  24. Steve Graham says:

    Well done for choosing the lighter option Linda; that dark side of yours needed a day off:-)

  25. billgncs says:

    good one. When my oldest went to college, she called me and said, “Dad, I can get a job modeling for the art class”. I had to say, “Let’s hold off on that….”

  26. now that’s funny!

  27. vbholmes says:

    She has a lot of hours of “holding that pose” ahead of her if she’s carrying a much of a debt–hope she’s not the fidgety type.

  28. boomiebol says:

    I like the twist in this, very well done

  29. Nifti says:

    Agreed!

  30. Anne Orchard says:

    What a super story, Linda, and a great twist on ‘selling her body’! Loved it.

  31. oldentimes says:

    good one!

  32. Joyce says:

    That will certainly help pay off the debts, if she has the body to go with the pay, or she might need an alternative. Ha Ha.

  33. Linda says:

    We could all do with that sort of power I think Nifti πŸ™‚

  34. Linda says:

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  35. Linda says:

    It was inspired by my own venture into life modelling as the pay was great when I was doing it. πŸ™‚

  36. Linda says:

    I might just explore that in another prompt Mike, for now though I was trying to rein back my darker side as the lovely steve has been getting a little worried about me … LOL πŸ™‚

  37. Linda says:

    It certainly was interesting, I did it for a few years when I was a student. Paid very well indeed considering!

  38. Linda says:

    Why thank you very kindly and I appreciate the comment πŸ™‚

  39. Linda says:

    You’re welcome Rochelle, I enjoyed yours too and glad you liked this one as well. πŸ™‚

  40. Linda says:

    Works much better second time around πŸ™‚

  41. Linda says:

    Do you know, even though I wrote it, that completely passed me by – thanks for spotting it and pointing it out πŸ™‚

  42. Linda says:

    Well, many years ago when I was a student I was a life model for the local Art College near the University I was at in Manchester, UK! Thanks for the compliment too πŸ™‚

  43. Linda says:

    You’re welcome Doug and it was an option for Misty πŸ™‚

  44. Linda says:

    You’re welcome Lora and glad you liked the ending πŸ™‚

  45. Nifti says:

    Ah. Misty struggles. Life model is much better that robbing a bank! The power of a morning jog.

  46. flyoverhere says:

    I like it!

  47. That was a great ending! You brought a new meaning to “selling her body”

  48. Mike says:

    Loved the name ‘Misty’
    Glad she went for the modelling option. If it doesn’t work she still has her other options to fall back on. The bank robbery would make another great story.

  49. Ah yes! Debt. The thing most all of us have in common. I didn’t have the life model option. Sounds interesting now, though!

  50. An excellent take on the prompt, with a fine morale story to boost. Mine is here: http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/fridayfictioneers-light-on-the-hill/

  51. Since Misty is jogging, she hopefully is better looking than some of the life models I was subjected to at the KC Art Institute LOL. Anyway. Nice twist. And haven’t we all been in debt at one time or another. We live in a world that encourages it.
    Really liked this piece. A rather unique take on the prompt. Thanks for commenting on mine.

  52. Okay – let’s try retyping that line again the right way…
    “but I also admit I wanted to see a pic of her for #2 (lecherous old man that i am)”

  53. Good choice! I like how Misty was her name and she was trying to clear the mist from her head and thoughts.

  54. An easy and smooth read. Like Doug, I was for the great bank robbery (Bonnie and Clyde need to return in these days of oppressive banking politics) but i also admit I wanted to see a pic of here for #2 (lecherous old man that i am), never do #3 and we all do #4.
    Ah, but #5 – I draw – where is that school? Randy

  55. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Linda,

    I was pulling for Misty to break out a shotgun and mask and head for the bank. A lovely story with a great twist and perfect for the prompt.

    Thanks for stopping by mine earlier today. i appreciate input from the female perspective.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  56. Ohh…what a tricky and adorable ending. You had me chuckling because I suspected something much worse…like suicide. Thanks for visiting mine.

  57. Linda says:

    Thanks Sandra, I appreciate the praise. πŸ™‚

  58. Sandra says:

    You had me there! What a twist. This was a really concise, punchy piece. Well done.

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