Equus quagga (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Image by Rochelle herself at https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/

‘Zebras’ stripes are like fingerprints. Every one is different.’

She loved animals, especially zebras. I loved listening to her talk.

We were lounging on the deck, the lines of shade from the banister settling across our backs.

After a while she said, ‘I gotta go.’

She stretched her long limbs and stood, shaking a mane of dark hair behind her.

When she walked away I saw what the afternoon of sun had done. The back of her legs and her bare shoulders were a criss-cross pattern of dark and light, unique and never to be repeated again.


Could you write 500 words once a month? On Friday 13th/Saturday 14th February, Jessie Ansons will be presenting at a free livestream at the Digital Writers Festival. Come along and hear how Jessie wrote a personal 500 word story every month for two years then discovered she’d written an ‘accidental memoir‘. Times are as follows:

– Sydney, Australia, 11am Saturday 14th February
– London, UK, midnight, Friday 13th February
– New York, USA, 7pm Friday 13th February
– Los Angeles, USA, 4pm Friday 13th February

For more information about the session, click here.

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information follow this Rochelle’s FF blog.


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25 responses to “Equus quagga (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Oh I like this one a lot – the zebra/sunburn patterns – very clever.

  2. The parallels between the zebra pattern and sun .. yes I see that in the picture.. I think that gal will be hard to catch.

  3. What a fantastic take on the prompt. I would have never thought of this, absolutely beautiful.

  4. bykimberlylynne

    This one made me smile 😀 Shoud have used sunscreen.

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  6. Great take on the prompt Jessie. Not that’s what I call lateral thinking.

  7. paulmclem

    No idea what the title means but it got me to click your link, so well done for that 🙂 Like where you went with this. Good one,

  8. Very imaginative and entertaining! I loved how you pulled Zebra out of the railings of the porch.

  9. Nice story, I could picture it clearly.

  10. Now, that was an original take on that photo prompt!

    I have read one of Jessie Ansons 500 Word Stories… the one about the painting… everyone should read it.

  11. Oh, zebra sunburn. Burned. Good story. 🙂

  12. Your story reminds me when I laid under a rubber raft all day on a beach reading a great book. Fully protected from the sun – – except of the top of my feet that were sticking out. Couldn’t walk for days — but was a great book.

    Liked your ‘Zebras’ stripes intro. It setup your story nicely.

  13. Ouch. I can really feel this story… Well done (oh what a terrible pun).

  14. Clever imagery. MyOH once went to sleep in strong sun with his hand on his thight – the mark took weeks to fade!

  15. Dear Jessie,

    That’s a farmer’s tan of a different color. Imaginative.



  16. I’m not sure she’ll be too pleased when she looks in a mirror!

  17. Such an imaginative response. Very nice.

  18. I like pieces that take me by surprise, and this one did that. It’s also neatly self-contained, which I think is difficult when working with such a short word limit. Nice!

  19. Very cute! This made me smile out loud.

  20. What a story, you captured that lazy summer afternoon so perfectly.

  21. Jessica

    I found the ending to be spectacular. I appreciated the lead up as the dark-haired girl left with a pattern of her own. A reminder for both of the lazy afternoon.

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