Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Just Another Day at Work

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He came in at 1:30 a.m. He’d done a 4 to midnight tour; late shift.

Sandy always waited up for him. She could never sleep when he was at work.
Baking and ironing kept her preoccupied until she’d hear the key in the door.

An enormously tight hug let her know it had been tough night. She could smell smoke in his hair.

He rambled on about the fire. Six children died. He repeated it several times. Tears flowed down his face. We couldn’t get them out. We could hear them scream. We just couldn’t get them out.

2015©isadora delavega

Genre – Flash Fiction
Word Count – 100
The challenge is to write a story in 100 words – beginning, middle and end
with the photo prompt.

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

49 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Just Another Day at Work

  1. Poignant and unfortunately very timely … you have such a gift with your style of writing.

    Hope you are doing well ~ Namaste ❤

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  2. How do they do it? I’d be an emotional basket case without letup…

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  3. Hello. Invite you to watch my new photographs on the blog. Have a nice weekend.

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  4. I want the cool winds of April to carry with him my warmest thoughts and in my soul spring blossom into a smile on your face and a fericeasca you even for a moment!

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  5. Well told, Izzy. So very sad.

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  6. Oh, how sad, Isadora…*whipes tears away*. Soft Pawkisses ❤

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  7. A ton of sadness … but fitting for the prompt.

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  8. You are getting so good at these flash fiction pieces. This is very riveting and filled with raw emotion.

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    • Think about those spaces I try to avoid. There lies these stories of my life. ❤
      Thank you for seeing my emergence from these corners that are very dark and filled with sadness. 😎
      We don't always write the whole truth but there are sprinkles in this story that are very close. ❤ hugs ❤

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  9. Oh my goodness you broke my heart in 100 words! skillfully written this sad tale.

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  10. Nice fiction scene Issy 🙂

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  11. Sad one, how easy it is to forget the emotional toll such jobs take. Nicely captured in your story.

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  12. What a terrible thing to bring home. I guess it’s hard to go on after a while.

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  13. God bless the unsung heroes in our lives. This was my favorite flash fiction this week. Thanks
    Be well,
    Tracey

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    • And … God Bless you for your recognition of these tortured souls. A Flash Fiction story with sprinkles of my life lived with a civil servant of the NYPD who suffered and brought suffering to the lives of those who witnessed his heartaches … AND … there were many. A future memoir from a wifes prospective. Thank you for you kind heart. Thank you for your visit and touching comment. 😎

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  14. Wow Isadora, that was a powerful message. Terribly sad ending.

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  15. i was also that guy that was coming home with memories of sadness. It struck me hard to recount the tragedies of death and despair to the innocents as i call them. They also were left the thoughts that such things could and do happen.

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  16. My cousin used to be a fire-fighter. It must be such a harrowing job, especially when lives are lost. Your ‘Friday Fiction’ says it all, Issy.

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  17. There was a fire a few nights ago in a house fairly near to me, the family are all safe but their home is lost, so terribly sad.

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  18. Great story. Sad and true.

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  19. Querida Isadora,

    My husband was a firefighter for a short time and it’s experiences like this that made him quit. Lovely take on the prompt.

    One small nit. I don’t think you need “they died” at the end. “We just couldn’t get them out.” took my breath away. My opinion, your story. Love it either way.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Querida Rochelle,
      I’ve deleted the last two words. I didn’t like them when I reread my story after posting it but wasn’t real sure. Thank you for voicing my original doubt. 😍
      Flash Fiction with a twist of my life’s reality. The unsung hero’s of the NYPD.
      Adios,
      Isadora 😎

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  20. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be married to a fire-fighter. You captured that well.

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  21. I can’t begin to imagine how such professionals steel themselves to go to work each day. I am just very grateful that they can.
    Good piece.

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  22. Sadness pulls everyone apart..

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  23. okay. Why don’t you wring every last tear out of us, break our hearts and just get it over with. randy

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    • Oh my, I’ve thought about writing stories that are a bit more uplifting but, tragicly, I tend to be a hankerchief writer. I have a lot of sad stuff that has to be released. Perhaps, when all of this is gone a happy corner of my soul will appear and I can write happy floating stuff. Actually, I write Nurture Yourself posts which showcases happier stuff I’ve learned through my emotional growth process. Just clcik on the tabs on my blog and find a bit of joy in those stories.
      In the meantime, I like your comment very much. I appreciate your visit tremendously. I think it was super nice of you to leave a heartwarming comment that made me smile and my heart dance. I hope you’ll visit again. Thank you for bringing me a huge smile and a warm fuzzy feelinsg all over me. 😎

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  24. This week is going to bring a lot of tears, methinks… So very sad, at times, the job of a fireman…

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  25. Very sad. The extra tight hug …was a nice touch.

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  26. Read this story too often. 😦

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