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Just like her mother (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by C.E. Ayr at http://ceayr.com/

The orcas painted on the side of the building were spectacular.

‘You have to move out of the bulldozer’s way.’

‘No, Dad. No!’

I’d seen someone pull that face before. Back in 1977.

Eventually, I convinced her to come with me to her mother’s favourite place. The bluff overlooking the ocean.

Out to sea, black dorsal fins skimmed the surface. I wasn’t sure she’d noticed. But then she looked at me, her face softened and she snuggled in close.

The real battle had already been won. Back in 1977. On a zodiac 30 miles out to sea.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle each week where writers from around the world post 100 word stories based on a common photo prompt. For more information, and to read other stories, visit Rochelle’s page here.

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Not alone (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by Madison Woods

I took my kite out to the fields. There’s never anyone else out there.

When I gaze at the simple brown diamond bouncing across the sky I feel completely, utterly and blissfully alone.

But when I looked up at the sky I blinked. There was another kite! A green one just like mine.

My eyes followed the string of the kite down to ground level.

The owner of the kite had dropped it and was already running away. The green diamond, released, lifted higher into the sky. And I felt relieved.

For a moment there I was almost not alone.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle each week where writers from around the world post 100 word stories based on a common photo prompt. For more information, and to read other stories, visit Rochelle’s page here.

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14. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (100 book challenge)

I’d never read a book about war. War stories reminded me of history class at school, which I never had much time for. What could you possibly learn from the details of war? I understood that war was bad and that should be avoided, but other than that I really wasn’t interested.

If I’d known Catch 22 was a war story I probably wouldn’t have put it next on my list for the 100 book challenge. I was familiar with the ‘catch 22’ concept – where you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t – but I didn’t know its origins. So it was time to take that plunge and I opened to page 1 of the Heller’s classic.

Am I the only person who didn't know Catch 22 was about war?

Am I the only person who didn’t know Catch 22 was about war?

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