Welcome to Friday Fictioneers!  We are a community of writers from around the world who post 100-word stories every week, based on a photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

Photo Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Field

Photo Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Field


by Jan Brown

Driving through freezing rain and streaming tears, Jenna approached the site of last year’s crash.

This must be what it’s like to go insane.

She swerved sharply, plowing through the barrier and plummeting down a steep incline. Momentarily lifeless, she eventually rallied and climbed out of a shattered window.

The rain stopped. Shimmering sunlight blocked her vision. Jenna felt a warm hand wipe the tears from her cheek and looked up to see her husband’s smile. The small hand tugging on Jenna’s belonged to their daughter, no longer bloody and broken.

This must be what it’s like to come Home.


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29 thoughts on “Anniversary

    • Yes, as I imagined the character it was suicide based on the overwhelming loss of her husband and only child. But it could be interpreted in other ways by the reader, and I like leaving some plot points open to their imaginations. Glad you like that, too!

    • I’ve often wondered that, too. If synapse firing or mis-firing causes random memories or dreams to be experienced, that could explain some experiences of those who have come back from the “brink.” But I appreciate the faith-based notions of afterlife. I think many people long to know which version of death is accurate, but I just hope I don’t have to find out too soon!

    • Thank you for the positive feedback, Amy. As with so many of these stories, I wasn’t quite sure where it would lead, until I got started. Glad you liked the happy/sad ending.

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