Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Ready or Not


 8 – 9 – 10

“Ready or not, here I come,” she shouted.

Rosie hated this game. She knew if she didn’t play along they’d ignore her.

Her eyes roamed the central plaza, but they were no where to be seen.

The pretzel vender grinned as she passed in her search. Rosie was sure he knew.

She was struck by the hands covering the eyes of the huge sculpture looming above her. ‘A bit like this game,’ she thought.

Swiftly, hands pulled at her scrawny arms. Before she could turn, her eyes were covered. She wailed.

Then, the sound of screeching tires.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega


Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

Photo Prompt-©Roger Bultot

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*****Hide-and-seek, or hide-and-go-seek, is a popular children’s game in which any number of players (ideally at least three)[1] conceal themselves in a set environment, to be found by one or more seekers.

The game is played by one player chosen (designated as being “it”) closing their eyes and counting to a predetermined number while the other players hide. For example, count to 100 in units of 5 or count to 20, one two three and keep counting up till it reaches twenty. After reaching this number, the player who is “it” calls “Ready or not, here I come!” and then attempts to locate all concealed players.

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 who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Ready or Not

  1. Oh good grief there’s no happy ending this time.

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  2. Yipes! Nowhere is safe these days, especially for children 😦

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  3. An ending I did not see coming. Gave me the shivers! Hopefully, the pretzel man saw something. Well-written!


  4. An effective beginning of another horror story that could have come from the recent news, Isadora. The worst thing was the vendor was there when it happened and we don’t know if he’ll report it or be a good witness. No one seems to want to “get involved”. They’re afraid. Well-written. —- Suzanne

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    • Yes, Suzanne. People are always hesitant to get involved when they see something.
      I’m not sure how I would continue with the story but your thoughts on the vendor seem like a good addition. Thanks for the complimentary comment and for stopping by to read my story.
      Isadora 😎

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  5. Poor Rosie! Giving in to peer pressure to fit in and ends up being kidnapped. At first, I thought the person grabbing her was part of the game, and wondered what kind of twisted game it was. That made me think of the film Game Night (2018), in which a murder mystery turns into a real life mystery.
    Bien escrito, Isadora.

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    • Yes, kids sometimes follow others just to fit in or because they want to have friends. I can see your thinking her being grabbed was part of the game. Sadly, it wasn’t. : (
      I’ll have to watch this film. I’m curious about it. Hubby and I love movie watching.
      Thanks for commenting, Mags. Glad you thought it was well-written.
      Isadora 😎

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  6. Rosie was kidnapped! Again the pretzel vendor must have seen it happen.


  7. A harmless game becomes a horrid crime, and she didn’t want to play in the first place. A gentle lead up to a tension filled ending – keeps you awake.

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  8. Well, I think she’s a master, or mistress…of Flash Fiction. Wanted to wish you a very happy birthday from one cancerian writer to another. I hope you have a wonderful day and flourish in your spanking new year. FOR SHES A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW THAT NOBODY CAN DENY. 🙂


  9. what a twist. an ending i didn’t expect. well-crafted. 🙂

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  10. Querida Isadora,

    Pobre chica, hay no lugar jugar. A simple game she didn’t even want to play turned to a horrific nightmare. Well written and cringe-worthy.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      It’s a sad testament to the times we live in.
      I can still recall leaving my infant daughter in her carriage while I went inside to do laundry before I had a washing machine. Now, I’d be called neglectful or maybe come out to an empty carriage. YIKES … frightening thought. Es muy triste …
      Carino y Adios,
      Isadora 😎

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  11. That turned from gentle humour to horror in one quick, skillful phrase. Well done!

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  12. It was a fun game up until the grabbing and the squeal of tires!

    Awful, just awful. Great writing, though 😉

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  13. Now I hate this game too !!

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  14. Oh my goodness! That was a deadly game. Poor Rosie. 😦

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  15. A dramatic end to the game, and not a very happy one!

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  16. A frightening fate for Rosie. Sad endng to the game

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    • Although the story is fiction, there’ve been many stories recently about children and adult abdcutions. It’s sad when children can’t play outside because it’s unsafe. Thanks, Drew, for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend … Isadora 😎


  17. That game turned sinister

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  18. Oh! Such a scary thought. I hope the pretzel vendor had nothing to do with it and has an idea about who took this little girl. Great take on the prompt, Izzy

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    • Thanks, Lish. I’ve been hearing so much about child and adult abductions that it popped in my hear when I saw the photo. It’s a fiction story but very timely for today. Children are limited to playing indoors because of creeps lurking out there. AND … yes, it happen in the suburbs too. Sad world we live in. Thanks for the kind words on my story. Have a fun weekend … Izzy 😎


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