Friends today, Gone tomorrow

PHOTO PROMPT ยฉ DOUGLAS M. MACILROY

Heavy chains clanked about, swinging from rusty metal. Remnants of a contraption that once delighted every kid in town. Soon to be scrap metal.

Voices echoed in Yusuf’s mind from a time long gone.

“Dont be a chicken!” Reza had taunted him. Yusuf was game and had sprinted through the crowds towards it.

They didn’t know each other but were like best friends that day. Reza’s family had driven down from the north for the carnival.

As they dismantled the old machine Yusuf thought that had they remained friends they would have gotten into all sorts of trouble together.

99 words

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I wrote this while in transit in Hong Kong international airport. Not my usual FF writing spot.. so I struggled a bit with this prompt. But I missed last week due to travelling and didn’t want to repeat that. Took me several rewrites though I blame typing on the phone, and airport announcements for this particular struggle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The metal contraption in the prompt reminded me of carnival rides and I have friendship on my mind lately. So that’s where my mood took me.

Written for Fiday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. Where the challenge is to write a full story in 100 words or less.

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35 thoughts on “Friends today, Gone tomorrow

  1. You’ve constructed this story very nicely – or should I say ‘these stories’ because you have one in the past and one in the present, and you’ve slotted them together with great skill. Lovely work!

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  2. I know what you mean. I wrote a few in transit while shuttling between cities due to work.
    Nice story, we’ve had our childhoods touched by such friends, strangers we meet at events, functions, journeys and then never meet again.

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    1. They are mini-relationships and friendships of our lives. Kudos to you for writing while commuting and in transit. I found it quite difficult. My two spots are at work and at home, that’s where I get my best writing done. Thank you for reading.

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  3. I loved this story. I’ve had a couple of occasions in my life where I immediately clicked with a total stranger. The connection seemed almost magical at the time, a natural attraction for both of us. Upon parting, we both promised to get together again, but those promises evaporated into the mist leaving only a tender memory behind.

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