The sun came over the small village and the first signs of life began stirring.

Looking down she watched the same routine unfold as it always did.

A light came on at the Klein’s house – the children had risen too early again.

Lithe Jenny Wright appeared dressed in luminous jacket and running tights and set off along the coastal path.

Seabirds glided overhead, calm water lapped the shore.

Doctor Allison emerged next with old Lennox for their morning stroll.

The first car to join the dawn chorus was Mrs. Khan leaving for her commute to town.

Cycling along the lane, Warren arrived. Propping his bike against the usual lamppost he picked up his mail satchel and began his delivery round.

On cue the light came on at the local store as Mr. Hibbert rolled up the metal shutter.

The house she was interested in came to life. Out he walked – Larry Lynch, as he called himself now – with her children, bundling them into the car for the school run.

Only today there would be a change. They wouldn’t make it to school. She had other plans for him now that she had found him again.

Copyright Anurag Bakhshi

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Susan Spaulding. For more details visit HERE.

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35 responses to “MORNING ROUTINE”

  1. Your stories always set my mind off, running ahead, trying to guess what happens next…

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    1. Thank you, that’s a nice compliment to hear 🙂

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      1. That’s how its supposed to work, but not many do!


  2. Great story, and nice ending: I love the ambiguity, which seems like the start to another story.

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  3. Liked this Iain. Had me wanting another chapter!

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  4. Just another day in the village until…! Intriguing.

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    1. These things happen when you least expect it!

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  5. Loved the pace of this. All’s well as the day gets underway… only it’s not really.

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  6. Such a delightful twist!! love it!

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  7. Calm, idyllic, sinister. I like it.

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  8. Great start to another good story. I hope she gets her kids back. BTW I just started reading a Justified State last night 🙂

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    1. Thanks Janet. Fantastic, Let me know how you get on, look forward to hearing your review, hope you like it 🙂

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  9. Great story, Iain. I really got into it. I liked how you introduced the different characters before the real story behind the idylic setting. The calm before the storm for “Larry Lynch”. I hope there’s a sequel 🙂

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    1. Thank you, very kind 🙂


  10. Nicely set scene, Iain, with the punchline just off stage.

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  11. Never get between a woman and her children. Nice twist at the end.

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  12. There’s only so much that Witness Protection can do against a top-notch assassin who will stop at nothing to get her target. Or maybe it’s just a jilted lover 🙂

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  13. The morning routine has been slightly shaken, isn’t it? What a lovely way of writing you have, Kelly.

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    1. Thank you Neel, very kind.


  14. Larry Lynch is in trouble. She has hunted him down to this remote village. Only god can save him from her vengeance. Nice story.

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  15. The build up to your excellent twist is brilliant. Thanks for the pleasure. 😊

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    1. Thank you John, you’re very welcome 🙂


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