The jagged edge of a smashed decorative glass hangs in the doorway. A gust catches it, sending it swinging into the wall. Another piece of blue shatters.

Progress through the dark house, flashlight highlights: furniture upturned, crockery smashed, cupboards ripped open.

Had they found it? Move upstairs, lift the floorboard. Still there, safe and sound. Sparkles in the torch beam: The Dauphin’s Sapphire.

A creak. The wind? Or a tread on the floorboard?

You fool, you led them straight to it.

Glimpse of a masked face, before thudding pain and darkness descends.

A final glint of blue, snatched away.


Copyright Jean L Hayes

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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). Come on everyone, just wear a mask.

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



76 responses to “HIDDEN GEM”

  1. Iain! Another fantastic piece. Always so very captivating.
    Btw, I finished your series. What a great story. I loved it to the end. This is one where in ten years I will think of the characters and wonder how they are getting along. At least the ones who made it 😢. I will leave reviews for the last two books on Amazon.
    Thanks for writing such a great series. I look forward to the day when I walk into Barnes and Noble and there, by the front door, is a book tree featuring Iain Kelly!!!

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    • Wow, you read them quick! I’m a long way from a front door display in a book store, but I like the dream 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and so pleased you enjoyed them, and look forward to your reviews, they really do make a difference.Hope you’re having a great day! 🙂

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