Friday Fictioneers: Strained Glass

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  © Marie Gail Stratford

© Marie Gail Stratford

Genre: Narrative Fiction
Word Count: 100

Light filtering through the rack of wine bottles cast a dark rainbow on the two men seated at the table.

“I dunno, Brian. I’m not like you, I don’t have it made—no family, no home, no job.”

“Tim, sobriety is an inside job. We are more alike than you realize.”

“There’s no way that I can do this.”

“Just do your best, that is all that can be expected of anyone.”

“Yeah but what if I fail? What will people think of me?”

“Maybe that you are human? Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”

  18 comments for “Friday Fictioneers: Strained Glass

  1. October 1, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    What a story! Full of reflections and undercurrents, you painted a very true picture.


  2. September 30, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    Please ditto all Rochelle’s remark from me, too. She said what I was going to say. But I’ll just end this with the Lord’s prayer.



    • September 30, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      Thanks, Randy. That is a good ending and a good beginning.


    • September 30, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Sometimes daily bread shows up in a Sweet Ohm…

      Liked by 1 person

  3. September 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    A dialogue that paints a picture. Excellent!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. September 29, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    I really liked the last line “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future” and it sounds more than a line – a distant future and hope.


    • September 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      There is always hope. Thanks for your comment. Norma.


  5. September 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Allan, your title drew me into the story, which was completely realistic. Well done.



    • September 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Thanks, Janet, I am glad that you got something out of it.


  6. September 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Just like every bottle has its story, human-beings do too.
    Positive note & rightly ended 🙂


  7. September 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Dear Allan, Perfect story and conversation! Your story is awesome and so true. Excellent writing!
    Nan 🙂


  8. September 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    72? That’s a hard bar to pass just to get a drink… Maybe not so funny if it’s been hard to pass by bars. Hmm?


    • September 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Maybe the barkeep needs corrective lenses in order to lower the bar?


  9. September 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Dear Allan,

    One day at a time. One step at a time. You put me there with the man and his sponsor. Nicely done.




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