Thursday, November 22, 2012

Something New

It is Thanksgiving and I have a couple of morning hours to myself. I recently learned of a new 100 word writing exercise where a picture is the prompt every Friday. Here is a link to Friday Fictioneers if you would like to write yourself. http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/23-november-2012/  Below is the picture this week:

 
My written response:
 
It was the most peculiar sign, a finger pointing the way and a laughing face, an inside joke. I entered the rock wall and headed into the castle. Despite bright sun, the stone walls were cool inside. Moisture clung to the mortar; darkness was relieved by candlelight.
I meandered through the chilly rooms admiring the fireplaces. I ascended stairwells with worn spots in the steps where centuries of feet had tramped before me. By evening I realized I was viewing the same rooms, the same heavy damask draperies. I was beginning to understand the sign, but I wasn’t laughing.

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Sandra Crook said...

Very atmospheric piece, I was beginning to feel a bit chilly reading it. This has a nice feel to it, a bit Poe-like. I think it was he who wrote about someone climbing the steps to the top of a dark tower, counting as he went along, and when he tried to descend he just kept on counting, way past the number of steps he'd climbed... Urgh!

R. E. Hunter said...

Hi Claudia, nice story, and welcome to Friday Fictioneers (this is only my third week at it, and I'm really enjoying it).

Anne Orchard said...

I love the imagery you've used here Claudia. We were thinking along the same lines - creepy face. My story is here this week http://anneorchardwriter.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/friday-fictioneers-pride-goes/

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudia,
Nice story which builds to a subtle but disturbing conclusion. Ron

tedstrutz.com said...

Welcome to FriFic, Claudia... your story made me think of tramping up endless stone stairs in many Welsh castles... I made it out. I liked your story... sounds like the start of a scary movie. I still haven't thought of anything...

Madison Woods said...

Lots of us had creepy stories in response to the creepy face, lol. Enjoyed your story. Welcome to the Fictioneers!

kindredspirit23 said...

Could have seen it heading in so many different directions - comedy, drama, horror, suspense...
Scott
Mine: http://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/friday-fictioneers-7/

babaamor said...

I like the descriptions at the beginning and the disturbing end when realisation sets in.
I like it.

janet said...

Welcome to the Fictioneers, where you'll find great people, excellent writing and addictive fun! I enjoyed the atmosphere you conjured up in your piece and came away with an Escher-like picture in my head of someone going around and around and around, even when they thought they weren't.

Anonymous said...

Moisture clung to the mortar; darkness was relieved by candlelight.

this is where a writer's work is done. by finding another way to describe something, just putting together a couple of words different. darkness "relieved" instead of saying the hall was lit by a candle or something like that. well done.

rich

Brudberg said...

Very creepy indeed. And lovely language.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Dear Claudia,
Welcome to Friday Fictioneers.
You did a great job of setting tone and backdrop. I loved "centuries of feet". Nice.
I look forward to reading more of you in the future.
Shalom,
Rochelle

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Linda O'Connell said...

You have an incredible imagination. Thanks for mentioning this site. I will check it out.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Nicely done, Claudia! I love your take on the photo.

billgncs said...

very nice, your word selection was rich and sensual.

vbreverb said...

Good description of many a castle tour where everything begins to look the same. Suspect your tour has an unanticipated, sinister end, however.

Douglas MacIlroy said...

Dear Claudia,

Lost in the castle, leering face and finger pointing the way to nowhere. Well done.

Aloha,

Doug

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