Friday Fictioneers – Wheels within Wheels



Wheels within Wheels is this weeks contribution to Madison Woods, Friday Fictioneers 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 personal 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 Piya Singh (Bittercharm) and the usual restrictions apply, it is her copyright so please respect that. Constructive criticism is always appreciated.


‘At last ….. I can’t believe it’s taken so long to get here’.

Gemma turned to look at him. ‘I did say it would be a day’s hiking … didn’t you listen to me!’ It was said without rancour, just resignation. Knowing that this was how it was, how it would always be.

Tony shrugged off his pack plumped down on a grassy hillock and looked at the cottage in front of him, ‘what a mess’. He pulled off boots and socks to dangle feet in cool water.


‘Is that the Police? ….. There’s been an accident …!’

(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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28 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    With any luck we’ll never know, and the police will never find out …. 😉

  2. That’s part of the fun…did he slip or was he pushed??

  3. Linda says:

    I guess she was Ron 🙂

  4. Linda says:

    Why thank you very kindly Amy – I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  5. Linda says:

    The dark side is alive and living not only in me but in the lovely Stevie as well – great day yesterday by the way and I’m not sure I really had time, but as I missed last week as well and was about to do a flash fiction workshop I thought I’d better … 😉

  6. Linda says:

    I guess sometimes you just think it’s not worth it and I’m still not convinced she did snap – perhaps it was a genuine accident 🙂

  7. Linda says:

    Wow, my first taste of marital support and counselling – thanks Paul for sharing and I do hope that you and your lovely wife are both well, oh and thank you for making me smile at lot too 🙂

  8. Paul says:

    My wife asked me to read this. As a cautionary tale, I hope. I guess I’d better check my sarcasm at the door from now on. Thank you for entertaining said wife. And wife? I love you…

  9. Since she said her piece without rancor (good word, BTW), I wasn’t ready for the ending. I wonder what caused her to snap.

  10. Anne Orchard says:

    Well done Linda, glad to see the dark side is still alive and well 🙂 Couldn’t resist dropping by to read your story even though I didn’t have time to write one this week.

  11. I see we took a similar approach, as I began with the hiking as well. I get a sense of their real relationship in a few words. Well done. I enjoyed it. – Amy

  12. Hi Linda,
    I guess Gemma was really tired of not being listened to. Can’t blame her for that. Nice tragi-comic tale. Ron

  13. Linda says:

    I think she did too Boomie and thank you. 🙂

  14. Linda says:

    Thanks Joanna, I thought the less said the better and actually it fitted the word count too 🙂

  15. Linda says:

    Oh good – that means it was OK then 🙂

  16. boomiebol says:

    Oh oh…i think Gemma did him in?! Very nice

  17. I bet that hike seemed to last a loooong time to Gemma, if Tony’s attitude is anything to go by. The use of ………. to leave the ‘act’ unexplained was clever!

  18. raina says:

    I would…

  19. Linda says:

    Thanks so much for such a lovely comment Jess 🙂

  20. Jess Schira says:

    Oh boy, so many delicious twists and turns that this story could take from this point. This is a great piece of flash fictions. I envy your ability to be so concise. Well done!

  21. Linda says:

    Why thank you 🙂

  22. Linda says:

    Very true .. it will be the details that catch her out won’t it 🙂

  23. Sounds like it could end up on court TV years after the fact. There were holes in Gemma’s story…like why had she given all of his clothes away the week before… etc etc.
    Thanks for your kind comments on mine.

  24. Karmic Diva says:

    leaves a lot to the imagination. good one.

  25. Linda says:

    Well I’m sure they’ll believe it was an accident … won’t they?

  26. Linda says:

    Mmm, I think that sometimes enough is enough 🙂

  27. Sandra says:

    And not before time too, by the sound of it. Concise flash, telling but not telling a long story of forbearance.

  28. raina says:

    oh oh, what happens next??

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