A Year in the Life

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again! Each week, writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Madison Woods‘s blog. This week’s photo is by Susan Wenzel.

You can read other Friday Fictioneers’ work by clicking the link that appears below my story. There is also a Facebook page for the Friday Fictioneers.

A Year in the Life

by Jan Brown

For almost a year, the freshwater mollusk lived with foreign tissue growing deep within each valve. Taking in nutrients through his gills, expelling his waste. Living his slow, painful life in an artificial environment. Neither the environment nor the alien masses in his body were under his control.

At the end of the year, the mollusk was destroyed to extract the foreign objects. Ironically, that was what he had been living for, what he had been hoping for, all year.  But he didn’t know his life would end when the cancer was removed.

Everyone else celebrated the transformation of the pearls.



33 thoughts on “A Year in the Life

  1. That’s a really original take on the life of cultivated pearls – and captured nicely in 100 words. The idea itself is worthy of a slightly longer piece I think to do full justice to the concept. Really well done.

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