Friday Fictioneer


Jenn was now tall enough to peer over the top of the bottom windowsill.  Standing on tippy-toes, she saw the park across the street;  the familiar voices  she heard when the sky was bright blue rang out loud and clear.

All alone in the huge apartment, she searched, as she did every day, for a way out. Once she had made it to the hallway, when they had forgotten to lock the door.  Her excitement died quickly when she came to the steel doors that blocked the entrance to the stairway.

I don’t understand, she thought.  What have I done wrong?

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Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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19 Responses to Friday Fictioneer

  1. atrm61 says:

    This was really scary!Great take on the prompt and I loved the open end:-)


  2. Good and well done story. It’s sad she’s alone and so young, and it’s sad if a parent feels the need to do that because they can’t afford to hire care for her. It does happen.


  3. No matter why she was alone, it isn’t good. I hope someone finds her soon and gets her out. Nice job of showing a scary situation without overdoing it and leaving us to imagine why this is happening.



  4. Grim story well told and with enough left to the imagination.. Too close to the one in the French papers at the mo.


  5. JudahFirst says:

    Poor thing! But maybe it would be unsafe for her to escape … ?


  6. LB says:

    wow … she could be locked in for bad reasons (no explanation needed) or locked in for safety (a single parent with no money for childcare). Either way … I want her out!!


  7. Sad, I hope she escapes soon


  8. Dear Ruth,

    Sad that she’s left alone. But being as small as she is, I’m wondering how much is her imagination. Nice one.




  9. Makes me want to go and find her.


  10. Nan Falkner says:

    Poor little thing left alone and is punished. Hope she finds a way out. Good story, and I love you web page – cool car – love the color! Nan


  11. Sun says:

    heartbreaking story, Ruth. so many scenes can come from this little girl’s bewildered and sad situation. well penned.


  12. Luanne says:

    What kind of lunatic is leaving this little girl alone?!


  13. Well written. Frightening to think that a little one is left all alone.


  14. storydivamg says:

    Aw . . . how sad. I once lived in a little house that had a closet with multiple locks on the outer door. I have always shuddered to think of why.


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