SHATTERED DREAMS

He ducked under the blade, but the man crashed into him and they toppled over the barrier and then they were falling towards the lights below.

***

‘Are you breaking up with me?’ She could feel the tears forming.

‘You’ve got the wrong idea.’ Sitting under the magnificent glass ceiling in the opulent ballroom, now was the time to surprise her.

She saw the ring in his hand. For a split second she was happier than she had ever been.

***

They hit the glass together and fell into the ballroom. He landed on a woman, crushing her. She probably saved his life. He didn’t have time to thank her for her sacrifice.


Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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).

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

73 responses to “SHATTERED DREAMS”

  1. Oh no! All her dreams left unfulfilled! Tragic

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    1. Wrong place, wrong time!

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  2. That’s quite a feat to cram TWO connected stories into 100 words, Iain!

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    1. Thanks Neil, glad it (sort of) worked.

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  3. That killed the romance… Nice job.

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    1. I’ll take an action movie over a romance 😉

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      1. I’m sure your wife is happy with that. 🤣

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  4. Lovely story. I like the way you connect the both story

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  5. What a story, or should it be two. Ian Fleming, would have been jealous

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    1. Ah, a very gracious compliment Michael, thank you.

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  6. That’s the trouble with women and glass ceilings…

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    1. Better to shatter them yourself than sit under them 😉

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  7. Well done…that was really good, very much…

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  8. Hari OM
    …I actually gasped! eyes suitably boggled. Great setting!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you – I did enjoy writing this one 🙂

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  9. Dear Iain,

    Literally shattered dreams. 😦 At least her last moment was happy. This makes me both angry and sad. You wrote the action well.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle. Yes, at least she went out with a smile!

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  10. A moment of pure elation, and then.. oops. Oh well, I guess if it’s your time, you might as well go with a smile on your lips.

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    1. Exactly. Thanks Trent 🙂

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  11. I was not expecting that! Great story!

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  12. And then she died.
    So cleverly wrought.

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  13. Poor girl.
    One can’t really be safe under a glass ceiling.
    But, then what’s gonna happen will happen anyway…

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    1. Faye definitely playing a hand here. Thanks Anita.

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  14. Sad, but good story Iain

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  15. The futility of violence, taking out not just the participants but bystanders too. Well written, Iain!

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  16. Nothing makes for so enchanting a story as a slapstick romance

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  17. Two stories in one! Great how you wove them together and used the skylight.

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    1. Thanks Linda, glad it worked!

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  18. Unfortunate timing. Poor girl.

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    1. Action films often overlook the innocent bystanders!

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      1. YES! I love action movies, but I always hate all the police or first responders or innocents being killed.
        Only the bad guys should go down😁

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  19. Oh yes, happiness can be so brief. Nicely done tragedy, Iain.

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  20. Truly powerful. Loved the simultaneous telling of two stories.

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    1. Thank you Sandra, glad you liked it.

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  21. Her dreams were shattered, the ceiling too! You are clever Iain!

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    1. Much appreciated Keith

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  22. I feel like there is both a story and a metaphor here, and I’m not sure how I feel about either one. Well told.

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    1. Thank you, glass ceilings are good for a metaphor, and they are troublesome things.

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  23. What a tragedy – and her young man is left heartbroken. You told a lot of story in 100 words!

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  24. Ur mean! 🙂 I admire how you wove the two together. It does have a tiny bit of Looney Tunes vibe that made me grin.

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    1. Thank you, I was going for a bit of silly humour 🙂

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  25. Makes me want to go through all of the James Bond movies and do a body count. How many have had such bliss denied them because of 007? You put together an exciting yet also tragic Bond incident this week, Iain. I enjoyed it.

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      1. You’re welcome, Iain.

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  26. Yikes. Poor lady. Ingenious plot construction – and darkly funny.

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  27. Really cleverly woven, Iain. Just wasn’t her day, was it!

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  28. I always feel sorry for the collateral damage in these scenarios, Especially when their happiness is built up beforehand 🙂

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    1. The poor movie extras 🙂

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  29. what a bummer, but accidents do happen.

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  30. Very clever combining two stories. I’m happy that at least she enjoyed the happiest moment in her life before she met her sudden end.

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  31. Terrible tragedy on such a blissful moment. I’m always a winner when I read your take on the photo prompt stories.
    Great write …

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    1. Too kind, thank you 🙂

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  32. that’s shattering the dreams, literally

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    1. It could be a metaphor for something! Thanks 🙂

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  33. At least she died happy.

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    1. A consolation of some kind.

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  34. Oooooo ouch! What an end. Talk about terrible timing! You crafted two tales in one. Very clever, Iain!

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  35. Whipping out the heartbreak in so few words! Very nice.
    I was under the weather earlier this week (not the C👾vid, don’t worry), but I’m much improved now.
    I’ve been scheduling debut author interviews at Operation Awesome. If you know one, please tell them to reach out to me.
    Over at the a-to-z challenge, plans are hatching for April 2022, including a big event this month (starts Feb 4).
    Plus, WEP has the “All You Need is Love” flash fiction challenge on February 16 – 18.
    Quote for February: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” -John Bunyan

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