SIGN YOUR NAME

‘Add your name.’

There wasn’t much space left on the walls. What had once been grey concrete was now covered in garish name-tags.

I found a small corner.

‘Not there,’ Marguerite stopped me. ‘Front and centre.’

‘There’s no space.’

‘There’s always room for one more.’ The old lady pointed to a spot in the middle of the wall.

I sprayed my name. Another success story in her one-woman crusade to steer the local kids away from the gangs and the drugs.

‘You understand the significance of signing your name? You’ve made a promise to me.’

I nodded. Somehow, like all those before me, I knew I wouldn’t let her down.

Copyright Carole Erdman-Grant

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more detailsΒ 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.

64 responses to “SIGN YOUR NAME”

  1. Such people exist, and thank heavens for that

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    1. Thanks Neil, we could do with some more of them.

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  2. Congrats on being featured in the Hall of Fame πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Sadje πŸ™‚

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  3. Hari OM
    OH yes, let there be more such ‘old ladies’ – and signees! YAM xx
    Q=Query

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚

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  4. Dear Iain,

    The old lady in the story is a tour de force. We need more like her in the world. Lovely story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle πŸ™‚

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  5. Marguerite sounds like quite the lady

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    1. She is that, thanks Trent

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  6. Wonderful inspiring story!

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  7. Given the right opportunity, a spray can of life & committment, & a nod from Marguerite, a man can change his life!

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    1. It just needs that little push to start. Thanks Liz

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  8. Graffiti with a purpose. Nice one Iain.

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    1. An art form in search of the right home. Thanks Keith

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  9. This story is really lovely. There should be a Marguerite in every town; maybe more than one. Makes me want to buy an abandoned building and continue her work.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  10. Great story, and beautifully told.

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  11. Sounds like she isn’t as alone in the effort to help the youngsters in the community than was at first thought. The helpers can’t deny such a public signature either.

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    1. She’ll hold them to it. Thank you!

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      1. You’re very welcome.

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  12. Well told…We do need the help of many such individuals…

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  13. I like how they made a commitment by signing their names.

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  14. I can’t help be see her take over the city with the kids. πŸ˜€

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    1. An ambitious twist! Thank you

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  15. Such a touching story.

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  16. Every person counts. Beautiful story Iain.

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  17. I really liked this Iain. A real feel good story.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  18. Wonderful story, Iain. Conscientious leadership is always a warming story. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Bill, we could do with more of it

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  19. What a great character she is! Obviously she has garnered the respect of many young people. Good one!

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    1. Thank you Linda πŸ™‚

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  20. What a wonderful story. I think it would be a great idea in real life.

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    1. Thanks Tessa πŸ™‚

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  21. It’s on the wall and none can deny that. A promise for keeps! Nice story.

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  22. Marguerite’s a wise lady. I like the idea of the graffiti being a positive sign instead of a destructive one. Great thought. Lovely story.

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    1. Thanks Margaret πŸ™‚

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  23. I really loved this – one lady, many names.

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    1. Thanks Patricia, glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  24. bless her heart. i want to believe there are more people like her in this world. πŸ™‚

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    1. We could do with more. Thank you

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  25. I love the positive vibe in your story.

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    1. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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  26. That’s a good idea πŸ™‚ And I prefer the building in the photo to bare grey concrete.

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    1. Yes, brighter is better here.

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  27. At least it’s for a good cause. Great take.

    Congratulations on the new upcoming book!

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    1. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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  28. Oh nice twist on the graffiti wall tagging. I hope they do keep their promise.

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  29. This is beautiful. People like her a holding the world together.

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