Nothing good (Friday Fictioneers)

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‘There’s nothing good about the cold. Nothing!’

Eloise scowled at the snow outside.

Jay picked up his jacket. ‘Well, I’m getting dinner.’

‘I’m a beach girl. Hot sand. Hot sun. Sunburn. Soothing Aloe Vera…’

He shrugged. ‘Stay here if you like.’

‘Is that a threat?’

‘I honestly don’t care.’

The chill outside hit them hard as they staggered across the icy road. Large snowflakes fell around them and Jay noticed how some settled softly in Eloise’s hair. Without thinking, he put his arm around her shoulders and held her close. She pushed her face into his warm chest and smiled.


I have exciting news to share that some of you lovely fellow FFs have been asking about. I received a Highly Commended in the Newcastle Herald Short Story competition for my story Bloodstained. Four stories were chosen out of over a hundred entries, so I’m pretty thrilled to be selected. The prize is 10 new books, a weekend pass to the Newcastle Writers Festival (hurrah!) and a Herald subscription. A dear friend from my writers group Diana Threlfo also made it to the Highly Commended list – check out her beautiful short story Unconstrained.

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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62 responses to “Nothing good (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Loved the contrasts in your story. Congratulations on your short story success, well deserved 🙂

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  3. margaret jackson

    Great story Jess nicely done.

  4. MrBinks

    Hello Vera.

    Well told as always!

  5. So the cold is maybe not so bad after all. Massive congratulations on the commendations. I didn’t read the other stories in the competition but I can tell you that I liked your story so much I took a copy of it. I don’t usually do that, but I thought it was so perfectly constructed I would have awarded it first prize. I know the judges made a mistake

  6. Dear Jessie,

    Jay knew what he was doing when he got Eloise out in the cold, didn’t he? Good one. And Congratulations on your short story!



  7. Tena Carr

    Good story. I liked the ending. Nice they had each other for warmth as they walked in the cold.

  8. Very cute. Sometimes being cooped up grates on the nerves.
    I am glad she stepped out and he reached out!

  9. Ah, neat story, Jessie, very sweetly done. I could see it happening.

    Hey, congratulations on your “highly commended” award. That’s wonderful!!! Keep on going! 🙂

  10. jellico84

    Nice little interlude. 🙂

  11. Congratulations on the “Highly Commended.” Well done.

  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Loved the detail of the snow in her hair. I can pick it and feel why she pushed into his warm chest. Congrats on your “Highly Commended.”

  13. I have a feeling that sunshine is provided for without a beach… an arm can be a haven.

  14. Gorgeous story, congratulations on your success

  15. Dale

    Hmmm… methinks, he did care if she stayed or went 😉 and methinks this is a regular game betwixt the two! Congrats on your Highly Commended honour!

  16. I love this story Jessie, and congratulations on Bloodstained. I felt for her all the way through and am so glad she now has a companion. Hope the bird is okay!

  17. Congratulations on the Highly Commended.

  18. I’m glad they came to an agreement. (Though I lean more towards Jay.)

    Wishing your story success!

  19. I do like the cold–more opportunties to snuggle!

  20. How I remember those days. Lovely story.

  21. Nicely turned story, and congrats on your highly commended

  22. Love the tender ending of your story! Congrats on your success! 🙂

  23. I love the endings you come up with, Jessie, they always redeem things in such a gentle way. Nice job!

    A giant MAZEL on your story; can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  24. handmadejewelryhaven

    Congratulations!! That is wonderful! Living the dream!!!

    – Lisa

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