It was that hazy time of day when it’s just beginning to darken but there’s still plenty of light to see where you’re going. And I was heading out. The interstate was just about the only way out now that wasn’t standing under water.

The last heavy rain had flooded the town for one last time for me. Most everyone had already gone anyway. Our small town had been steadily declining for years. The young folk had moved elsewhere to find jobs and start families. There were just a few of us “oldtimers” left and now there was one less.

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

Photo Credit:  The Reclining Gentleman

Join us at Flash Fictioneer Friday with Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and write a story in 100 words:  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/25-september-2015/

Previous Post
Leave a comment


  1. You must have been inspired by all of these rainy days we’ve been having.
    It seems you hear about people leaving alot in Florida. I have lately.
    Interesting take on the photo prompt. Glad your back, Gayle. It’s always
    nice to read you stories and poems.
    Izzy 😎


    • Hi Izzy, well we just went through several days of flooding rain but honestly there are still a lot of people populating Florida…at least in the major cities. I was thinking more of my sister’s small town in Kansas…less than 3,000 population there.

      Always nice when our paths cross. At last it seems I’m getting back into the writing game again. Thanks for your encouragement my friend!
      Gayle xoxo


  2. emiliopasquale

     /  September 25, 2015

    I left several years before Sandy but we lost our family home in that storm. Our house was four blocks from the beach and two blocks from the bay. Surrounded by water. Then engulfed by water. Your story brings back memories.


  3. Sounds like the right time to move on. But to where? to who? A follow-up, please.


  4. Sad take on the prompt. Nicely done.


  5. Dear Gayle,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. A very well written take on the prompt.




    • Dear Rochelle,
      Thank you for the warm welcome. I have participated before…quite a while ago and my friend, Izzy suggested I give it a go again. This is a fun challenge. Thank you for that, Rochelle!
      Gayle ~

      Liked by 1 person

  6. The world are filled with those places that just seem to be lingering on the edge of dying.. some just leave before it’s too late.


  7. Anonymous

     /  September 25, 2015

    Nice blend of ending and starting fresh. Like it.


  8. So sad when a town dies and it sounds like this town is slowly dying. Great story!


  9. I liked your take on the prompt. It did have a poignancy to it about the town dying. But good the old timer still looked toward the future. 🙂


  10. There comes a time when we all reach our limits.



Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Words and Pictures from The Isle of Wight

writing in north norfolk

Writer of children's literature, short stories and poetry

Lady Nyo's Weblog

A woman writer's blog with invitations to other writers

Poetry Breakfast

Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

Mithai Mumblezz

Thinks and again mumbles!!


Thinking, writing, thinking about writing...


"We're all out there, somewhere, waiting to happen."


Nature needs Nurture

Whimsygizmo's Blog

poetic ponderings...parenting...procrastination...

Tao of Scrumble

A freeform way of life, love and everything

Tournesol dans un Jardin - Waka

Haiku * Troiku * Micropoetry

Sharp Little Pencil

Amy Barlow Liberatore... stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz


A Silent poet shouting to be heard


Romance of Five Clouds and Magical Poetry

kanzen sakura

South meets East: Poetry and Musings - words of the seasons

Poems, stories, paintings and more by Sharmishtha Basu

(Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnijashatadalama, Indie Adda)

This, that and the other thing

Looking at life through writing and photography

jaywalking the moon

poetry by claudia schoenfeld

She's Writing

Poetry and Prose

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional.

everyday amazing

spreading good cheer, fun & love for life

Michael's Lair

Just Write WordPress.com site

Björn Rudbergs writings

Poetry and fiction by a physicist from the dark side

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.


Be inspired...Be creative...Be peace...Be

bardessdmdenton - author- artist

Historical and Literary Fiction / Essays / Poetry / Reviews /Book Cover and Interior Illustrations / Pet Portraits and Other Commissioned Artwork ... "Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death - fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant." ~ Edna Ferber, 1885-1968, American novelist, short story writer and playwright

Soul Dipper

Spirit Builder by Design

Contemplative Moorings

The official blog of unofficial author Michael Marsters.

Ramblings From A Mum

This is my journey, my thoughts, my views, plain and simple and from my heart. Please travel with me and share, hopefully it will be an interesting trip.


copyright 2013 - no reuse without permission ( see bwfiction.wordpress.com for fiction and fantasy )

"On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"

All Is One With Our Creator


Take Control of Your Health

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging


poetic inspiration from life's simplicity


Mumblings of a Middle Aged Madwoman


if I go around more than once then ...

I Rhyme Without Reason

I live in words

Soul Speak

'You may say I'm a Dreamer, but I'm not the only one' ~ John Lennon

~ Dragon's Dreams ~

Carpe Noctem Quod Tempus Fugit!

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

A Sanctuary for Enlightenment and Peace through Poetry and Inspirational Thoughts as we go through Life


laughing at the malfunction of the universe is better than crying about it

Lorna's Voice

Finding ways to make words sparkle

Olivia's In- Mind Whirls..

"It's all in my mind"


Poets Pub

Leslie White

View artwork by Leslie White


The best time to love...is when it is impossible///Stories of the heart-broken/shattered and sometimes mended

%d bloggers like this: