A Place To Stay—Friday Fictioneers (02.22.13; 100-word limit)

100-word response to Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt.

by Janet Webb

They were looking for a place to stay. I turned them away.

A brilliant star penetrated the coal-black sky, hushing the other stars to diminutive silence. They fluttered in its despotic presence.

A cold wind whipped across the sand. It invaded my home, conquering my bones with such a chill, I had to catch my breath.

I turned them away. She, so large with child, her eyes hungry for rest, leaned against her husband. He hung his head despondently.

Any room?

An extra room sat behind the wall that held the fireplace. Empty, warm, dry. I refused them.

The garish star flashed bitterly in the abyss.

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36 thoughts on “A Place To Stay—Friday Fictioneers (02.22.13; 100-word limit)

  1. i knew immediately it was the Christmas story and i think it’s a wonderful take on the prompt. “i love this line: hushing the other stars to diminutive silence.” enjoyed reading this

  2. What if that room had not been denied? Of course we know itr was God’s plan for it to be so. I like your embodiment of the real effects. The person who rejected them was a part of the grand plan even though they did not relaize or plan to be. Such a good use of this prompt!

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