Friday Fictioneers: Gathering Clouds

Over at the Addicted to Purple blog, Rochelle has challenged us to write a story of ±100 words based on the photograph below.


Photo Prompt © Kelly Sands

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100
Title: Gathering Clouds

He could never again look at cloudy skies as he did in his youth. Was he ever young, or did maturity and responsibility, at a level that few would ever know, rob him of the memories of playful summers past?

It all came down to the clouds on that day in August. Too many obscured the target and too few left a window of vulnerability to the populace below.

11:01, the binary time that sealed the fate of the city of Nagasaki and of all the generations, worldwide, that followed.

Have clouds obscured our ability to learn a lesson?



Header image photo credit: Wikipedia

  13 comments for “Friday Fictioneers: Gathering Clouds

  1. July 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    A wonderful post.


  2. July 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Dear Allan,

    A good question. We don’t seem to need clouds to obscure our ability, do we? Well done.




    • July 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Thanks, Rochelle. I am so happy that I started participating in your weekly challenges.

      Thank you,


  3. July 10, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Great story, engaging and thought provoking. Well done!


    • July 11, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      Thank you, Maree. I enjoy the challenge of writing only 100 words.


  4. July 10, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    What a great last line, such a deep and moving story.


  5. July 10, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Great last line.


  6. July 9, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Allan, Good, well written story. I can’t even imagine how terrifying that day must have been. Well done. —Susan


    • July 10, 2014 at 5:30 AM

      Thanks, Susan. I, too, can’t imagine how terrifying that day was—on both sides of the act.


  7. July 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Have clouds obscured our ability to learn a lesson? Sometimes I fear they have. Touching 100 words!


  8. July 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now.


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