This is my maiden voyage into the realm of the Friday Fictioneers. I was encouraged by my fellow writer and poet, Bill @ Our Literary Journey. A big shout out to Rochelle @ Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple for hosting Friday Fictioneers. The weekly challenge she presents is to write a story based on the photo prompt, provided today by Ted Strutz. My challenge is to write a complete story in 100 words or less. Wish me luck!

Photo by Ted Strutz©
Story title: Madness
Genre: Mystery
Word Count: 99
“Are we a normal family,” he asked. 

"Shhh," I whispered. "We are a mad lot, we creatives, but you know that darling. You’re as mad as they come."

"Am I?" he sulked.

"How else do you explain the murals on our walls and the chain on the front door? I can only imagine what the place looks like to the outside world. The groundskeeper ran off after your last fit some decades ago."

"Has it been that long, Sister?"

"Longer, I fear, but one day when they open this house it will be a shrine to your creative madness."


30 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Madness

  1. You managed to show how the creative mind gets so involved in their passion that the rest of the world can go whistle. I wonder if she buried the gardener rather then he ran away. this might explain the downward slide into madness.

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  2. Dear Sue,

    Sounds like an “interesting” family. You had me running at the chains. Well done. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. I warn you, it’s highly addictive. I dipped my toe in 8 years ago and months later I was facilitating it. 😉



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  3. Sue, I’d say you did a really nice job and even at 99 words, which is also acceptable. Keep up the good work. You had the imagination to create a great story from a prompt. Well done!
    And, since you’re new —

    Five out of five starter kits of madness. 🙂

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  4. There’s a ghostly feel to it, especially with the chain on the front door. The biographies of “mad” creative artists are always interesting in retrospect. Unfortunately suffering so often accompanies them while they are alive. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, Sue!

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    1. Thanks so much😊 I’m from a family of artists and we celebrate our crazy 😆 When I saw the photo prompt it reminded me of my great grandparents house in the south. I was always afraid of that big old house and was convinced it was haunted. The story idea came quickly and I’m glad I took part in the challenge. The Friday Fictioneer family has been very welcoming 🤗

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