Friday Fictioneers: Illusion


“What do you see?” My therapist asked. We were standing in one of the pavilions in the China Garden. 

I shut my eyes and opened them again. I stared across the pond and slowly, words spilled from my mouth. “She’s checking her watch, waiting for someone, someone who is not going to show.” I blinked. “She has done something,” I shook my head, “something not easily forgivable and she’s desperate, she needs to explain.”

“May I ask who you are seeing?” My therapist asked. I tilted my head in confusion before I pointed across the pond. There was no one there.

(100 words)

Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple hosts Friday Fictioneers where we’re challenged to write a piece of flash fiction in 100 words, more or less, based on the picture above.

21 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Illusion

  1. Interesting comments and great story. I took it as she is ‘seeing’ or ‘daring’ someone and she has to admit something to him she is afraid to, something bad. A possibility ?

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    1. Thank you. There are so much possibilities for this story and one of the theories I was picturing in my mind when I wrote this was that the narrator was seeing the future but neither she nor her therapist knew about it.

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  2. Ha! I recognize the place… again. It’s the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden in Vancouver, Canada. I worked in Vancouver for about ten years, so it’s pretty familiar.

    That said, there’s a masonry building in the background, to the left of the flag. You can’t tell from the photo, but along the top of the building are posted the words, “Everything is going to be alright.” Odd story behind the words on the building, but I thought it possibly ironic with regard to your story line.

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      1. Well, coincidence, I think. Post enough photos from Asia and N. America, and (at my age) I’m bound to recognize a few. And people tend to take photos in the same places. The garden Vancouver is pretty well known.

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