Burning Images – 100 Words

Cici closed the door muffling her best friend’s sobbing.

“It happened again,” she said quietly to Jessy.

“What triggered it? She was fine.”

Cici put her hand to her head. “The shadows. They looked like the Towers”.

“Oh God, yes.”

“She’ll never get over being home sick, seeing it real time on the news. Her father. Her uncle.” Cici stared at the door wanting to go back in with a magic wand but knowing it didn’t exist.

Just then the door cracked open. Donna came out.

“You are true friends to be with me.”

Cici pulled her into a hug.


Another short story via Rochelle Wisoff’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. Unfortunately, the photo cannot be shown with this post but follow the link to Rochelle’s blog to view.

https://rochellewisofffields.files.wordpress.com/2022/08/david-stewarts-shadow.jpg

Follow link to photo of two long shadows across a lawn.


20 responses to “Burning Images – 100 Words”

  1. […] CGraith focuses on emotion and relationships inspired by a tragic event […]

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  2. Oh, I can see where that image would trigger survivors or loved ones of those who perished in the 9/11 disaster. Good story on a terrible memory.

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  3. beyond the shadow of the doubt, what a great story. well done. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks!

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  4. Good take on prompt. Well done

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    1. Thank you Vartika…this time of year the association of the shadows and the Towers was spilt second.

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  5. The times when it matters most. Nicely done.

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    1. Thank you Bill!

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  6. Grief is a cruel thing, although also a flip side of the greatest emotion of all – love. I’m glad your MC has someone to help her through.

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  7. Wonderful take for this prompt!

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    1. Thank you!

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  8. I had that same thought as I first looked at this picture. That the shadows… sigh… Ever reminded. Leaves me hating that my Borning Day is this month, that week…. After that, I started celebrating my Naming Day instead…it’s in April.

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    1. I guess there’s a blessing and a tragedy for every day.

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  9. I saw that image too. Well written, it still looms over the present day.

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    1. Yes, it does. We were in northern NJ at the time and could see the smoke pluming from the Towers in the distance.

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  10. Michael Humphris Avatar
    Michael Humphris

    Powerful and sad, well done

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    1. Thank you.

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  11. Thank God for good friends.

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  12. Good friends are so important

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