Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – The Cellar


It had become a struggle to get up during the pandemic.

Working from home was unconstrained; isolation was suffocating.

Lack of human contact was wearing her down. 

After weeks of online conversations, she accepted an invitation to meet Marco at The Cellar.

It’s crowded; music’s loud.

Look for the guy wearing a red shirt.

Strobe lights glanced across his face when I spotted him. 

He was tipsy, not a great first impression, but handsome.

Her instincts quickly kicked in when he touched her thigh.

As planned, her lifeline phone call rings. 


I’ll be right there.

Sorry, emergency, gotta go.

2021©Isadora DeLaVega


Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 words

Photo Prompt:©AnneHiga


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

44 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Cellar

  1. Nicely done. Lonely but not desperate.

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  2. Always smart to have a lifeline 🙂

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  3. Always have that backup plan!!

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  4. Querida Isadora,

    Good for her that she had an escape plan. Buen escrita mi amiga…como siempre.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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  5. Those pre-planned escapes work so well! Great ending!

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  6. A well-planned escape! She might have been stir-crazy after the year that’s just happened, but she still had her wits about her. Great piece.

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  7. I’m thinking she may have learned from experience! The great escape.

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  8. It’s kind of a worry to think how anti-social the world might be after the pandemic. Collectively will people know how to interact civilly? Thought provoking story.

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    • Honestly, socialization will be an entirely different style, and not necessarily a positive one. People are beginning to feel comfortable being alone. They’re enjoying the lack of commitments or of dressing and grooming that staying at home allows. Eventually, we’ll be screen friends without the sense of touch playing a part. People will zombie stare, since they’re constantly staring at tiny screens. I hope this is the beginning of the end. Perish the thought … Thank you, Tannille, for stopping by and commenting. Be Safe … 😷 🙏🏻 😊 Isadora 😎

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  9. Always good to have a backup plan when meeting a stranger. Cell phones make the world a safer place.

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  10. I don’t imagine he’s the sort of human contact that she craved. The isolation is grinding people down, but it’s good to stay wise and safe. A very clever and unique take on the prompt, Isadora. Take care!!


  11. It’s always good to have a plan of escape. The first red flag was his tipsiness.


  12. A well planned escape, what a let down after a year of suffering – there are some things worse than being lonely.

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  13. isn’t she smart? well done. 🙂

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  14. Those instincts can be a lifesaver. They can also be the result of a lack of human contact for that past year+. I have a feeling her instincts were right this time.


  15. Great plan to get out of an awkward situation. I love her courage and her ingenuity. You built a really likeable character and story in so few words. Well done.

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  16. A normal emergency within the abnormal pandemic. Nicely done

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  17. Had a life line phone call save me a time or two, too. We all need those calls in our lives. Even if it’s just setting an alarm on your phone and answering it like it’s a real call. Whatever works, eh!

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