Seeing him sitting by the road she felt she had to do something.

His boots were gaffer-taped around the toes. A few doors along was a shoe shop.

He smiled and followed her.

The staff in the store were her only hope now, the only witnesses to have seen them.

Would he like a hot meal and then she could drive him to the local shelter?

The rope bit into her wrists, the gaffer tape over her mouth made her gag.

In the dark shadows she saw the gleaming new boots approach, clacking on the dusty wooden floor.

Copyright Anonymous

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

123 responses to “NEW BOOTS”

  1. Oh no… why does compassion has to be rewarded like that?

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    1. Hopefully this is more fiction than fact, thanks Bjorn.


  2. Frightening!

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  3. Well written as always, Iain. I like how you turned the plot so dramatically dark in so few words. Maybe the witnesses in the shop will indeed be her saviours?

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    1. Let’s hope so. Much appreciated.


  4. Tense and engaging story, Iain.

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  5. No good deed goes unpunished they say.

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    1. So they say indeed, thanks Russell

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  6. Your twist was masterful. Sweetness turned so suddenly to “oh no!”

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  7. Wonderfully twisted. Such a great unexpected ending – her generosity did not warrant such treatment. Let’s hope the shop staff got a good look at him. I imagine though they chose to keep their eyes averted.

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    1. Interesting Sarah Ann, I wonder if they paid any attention, or like you say, chose to look the other way due to his appearance…

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  8. How terrible to be punished for being kind. Loved the way this story has been structured.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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