Searching (Friday Fictioneers)

​Eloise whispered, ‘I’ve never seen a raccoon before. Do they bite?’

Jay peered into the dumpster. Looking up at him was not a raccoon’s face but a doll’s. It brought back a flood of long lost memories.

A bag hidden deep behind his father’s coats. Inside, a knife, a compass, a crumpled photo of a woman on a station, a doll in traditional Latvian dress and five army badges with strange symbols on them.

He gasped as his adult mind remembered the symbols.

There was a crash of cans and Eloise shrieked. ‘It tried to bite me!’



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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50 responses to “Searching (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are such a fragile and yet eduring things. A buried story re-emergig beautifully captured here, Jessie

  2. What a dark memory to be dragged back up. Chilling stuff. Nice one, Jessie.

  3. This sent shivers through me Jessie.

  4. Wow, Jessie – another snippet for your novel. And with mysteries such as this I can tell it’s going to be a page-turner. Fabulous!

  5. Is this from a longer piece, then, Jessie? What a terrible secret to discover – sickening and heartbreaking. What is the mystery of the Latvian and the photograph? Intriguing stuff

  6. Great stuff Jessie! Took me there to relive it.

  7. Raccoons and Nazis are such nasty creatures.

  8. Oh my, what a thing to remember…gripping tale, indeed.

  9. It might have been better to have left it unremembered. Good one.

  10. I got the impression he just learned something about his father, something dark but perhaps more tragic than evil. Is there a hero lurking? Nicely done.

  11. The question hovers – was his father a secret Nazi or one who repented and fled?

  12. Dear Jessie,

    It’s amazing what the mind can bury, only to have it surface at the strangest times. Well done.



  13. Hmm, intriguing.
    And nicely built.

  14. margaret jackson

    lovely background building Jess – hooking us with a mystery

  15. handmadejewelryhaven

    That was great! I loved the parallel story line.

    – Lisa

  16. Whoa, there! Threw me with that one! Bravo, Jessie! 🙂

  17. jellico84

    Oh, how scary! Great writing there. I nearly jumped out of my skin, too.

  18. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    This is a dark, scary piece that grabbed me from the beginning. Well done.

  19. The flashbacks are excellent… and the parallel between the raccoon and the swastikas very chilling

  20. Jess, this story really resonated with me and was so beautifully crafted and put together. I could feel it.
    xx Rowena

  21. Nicely done. What a horrible thing to discover

  22. This one clearly begs to be a longer story, Jess! There’s so much more I want to know; you have me hooked!

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