bike_detour_at_library_randy_mazie100-word Flash Fiction. #FridayFictioneers 

A story inspired by this photo provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Hazel had been having clandestine rendezvous at the library for the past year. Each week she met a new friend to spend time with. One day in November, she spent hours with Uriah and forgot to eat lunch. Ebenezer and Tim helped her through a difficult Christmas. Huck and Tom celebrated her birthday with her.

Today, Hazel wound up her visit with Scarlet and called her taxi. Sadly, it was time to go home. Home was lonely since Clarence passed last year — two days after their seventy-second anniversary.

On the bright side, tomorrow she had a date with Ahab.


FavoriteFridayFeedback2Favorite Friday Feedback (F3) from last week’s #FF story goes to She said, “I must admit my heart was in my throat … great surprise ending .. loved the story!” I appreciate her being (politely) scared. 🙂 I was terribly worried that my story was rather lame last week, but I may have managed to provide a little tension and fright for a few people. I thank everyone else who played along too.

When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. —Les Brown


39 thoughts on “A little help from my friends

    1. Perhaps she thinks her family will make fun of her new friends. Some people just don’t “get” the power books and the escape they provide. She’s a brave lady venturing out on her own to find her own coping mechanism. Thanks for reading. I’m pleased you got an unexpected twist at the end.

  1. I like how you’ve connected bits and pieces of Hazel’s everyday life to her book character friends, and how you show her loneliness without sentimentality. This light touch softens this portrait of loss and gives it poignancy.

  2. Dear Caerlynn,

    I always feel a sense of loss when I finish a good book. It’s as if I’m saying good bye to a good friend. I sometimes revisit them as I have many times with Scarlett in GWTW. Francie, Heidi and the March sisters were great childhood friends.

    Love the tenderness in this piece. Very well done.



    1. It’s nice to know that at her age she can find such wonderful friends. I suspect many of her “human friends” are long gone leaving her doubly lonely. Glad you like me story. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Dear Caerlynn,

    This was a great story and made me smile with joy. I love the premise, the execution and the way it made me feel upon reading it. Thank you for writing such a wonderful piece of flash fiction.



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