Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! We are a lively and friendly international writing community. Between Wednesday and Friday of every week, we each post a 100-word story to share. To learn more about us, or to post your own story, please visit our lovely leader’s website, author Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Addicted to Purple.
This week’s photo prompt is from fellow writer J. Hardy Carroll.
How to Beat the Heat
by Jan Brown
Emma lay in shallow water, in a wading pool that she set-up in the backyard. She was almost comfortable for a moment.
She looked up at the moon through the many shade trees they’d planted over the last decade. It wasn’t enough. It was never enough.
Relentless, searing heat was the new normal. Rolling brownouts meant that air conditioning was erratic at best.
Her husband was away, fighting the ubiquitous wildfires. When she thought about the conditions he endured, she felt ridiculous complaining.
Wisps of smoke from nearby fires swirled around the moon. It almost looked romantic.
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