Friday Fictioneers – Swing Seat and Picket Fence

Okay folks, well it’s time for the fun that is Friday Fictioneers ….! Ta Da! Once again I’d like to say a huge thank you to the amazing Ms Rochelle for organising the event. If anyone is new to the capers, then you really do need to head on over to her place at Addicted to Purple and find out how to join in. I’d also like to say thanks to Janet Webb for providing us with such a fab piccie to work with. The usual rules apply, the copyright is Janet’s and shouldn’t be used in any context other than this without her express permission. And so, on to my contribution itself…


Picket Fence

All my life I’d dreamed of a covered porch with a swing seat and white picket fence around the property. Looking at the rundown, decrepit old house I saw images of what it would become once I’d worked a little light magic on it.

It never occurred to me when Uncle Bill died that I’d inherit his house; it came as quite a shock to my cousins too. I think they thought I’d done something I shouldn’t have; to be honest, they were close to the truth but had missed the point.

That nasty little secret remains a secret still.

(100 words)


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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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29 Responses

  1. I think it’s more what he did than what she did, at least that’s where I would take it if I were to make it a longer piece, I think πŸ™‚

  2. So…what did she do??? πŸ˜‰

  3. billgncs says:

    cheers! I especially appreciate a spirited gal πŸ™‚

  4. If I know those cousins, they’ll be planning something; after all they are their father’s offspring πŸ™‚

  5. Perhaps I’ll. Follow up on that thought πŸ™‚

  6. I suspect she can Anne πŸ™‚

  7. That was exactly what I had in mind, now I’m not so sure. πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks so much for yet another interesting perspective, I’ve really enjoyed getting all the thoughts on this one particularly. πŸ™‚

  9. There was something, my original thoughts as abuse as a child, but I am beginning to revise that one Rochelle πŸ™‚

  10. I’m beginning to wonder that myself πŸ˜‰

  11. Absolutely Bill. You have to have spirit these days, oh and mine’s a gin and tonic πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks Janet, that was my original intention, but I’ve now been given some other alternatives too πŸ™‚

  13. I hadn’t realised I was giving so many alternative options when it came to interpreting the various options. It might be worth my while exploring. πŸ™‚

  14. Thanks for the lovely compliment Jackie πŸ™‚

  15. I’m beginning to wonder that myself Sandra πŸ™‚

  16. Joe Owens says:

    Can the farm atone for the damage? Will the cousins overcome the issue?

  17. Oh my. Read between the lines, huh? Nice job. I hope the uncle died a painful death.

  18. Anne Orchard says:

    Very deep, I thought Linda. Definitely sounds like he had more of an interest in her than he should – something that does unfortunatley happen. I hope she can enjoy the inheritance without constantly being reminded of bad times.

  19. I like the ambiguity of this. My sense is that the nasty little secret is not what she did, but what he did. I’m glad you left the reader to interpret.

  20. The things we do out of greed. Hope her dreams come true as we seem to sow……. well ……good story.

  21. Dear Linda,
    You left me hanging. I don’t get the impression she killed him, but there certainly must’ve been something between them. Nice job on this one.

  22. nightlake says:

    really terrifying..what had she done?

  23. billgncs says:

    a debt paid — I like how her spirit refuses to let the past tarnish the future.

  24. If she didn’t use her maybe-not-so-light magic to get rid of him, I was thinking of uncle-as-pedophile as one possibility (remember, this is FF) or another possibility I don’t even see.

    Have a great weekend,


  25. they were close to the truth but had missed the point.
    What did she do!!??

  26. JackieP says:

    some secrets are not good ones. Really good writing. I liked it. I like mystery. πŸ™‚

  27. Sandra says:

    I’m all abuzz; did she kill him?

  28. Thanks for that, I shall revist it and see if I can improve it. πŸ™‚

  29. yebuccaneer says:

    Oh dear..sounds ominous…like the way it suddenly turns, but ”but not correct” slightly confusing..

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