SPINSTER

There was no thread left, but she kept the wheel spinning.

They had all left her. Left her traditional values.

They told her to embrace modern life. She didn’t want to.

When Cassandra told her about her girlfriend, she’d tried to accept it.

When Cassandra told her they were expecting a child, she smiled through gritted teeth.

When Cassandra chose an abortion after the foetal anomaly had been found, she told them it was punishment for their choices.

She knew they would come back to her. Life moved in circles.

There was no thread left, but she kept the wheel spinning.

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 more stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visiHERE.

I’m delighted that ‘The Barra Boy’ is now available in the US , Canada and around the world through Amazon, as well as from many booksellers in the UK. If you’re interested, you can find all the information for getting a copy HERE.

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46 responses to “SPINSTER”

  1. Hari OM
    ….oooooohhhhh…. this one is a novel waiting to happen! YAM xx

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    1. Thanks Yamini, I’ll need to find the energy to write another one first! 🙂

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  2. A fascinating piece, Iain. And a new departure for you

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    1. Thanks Neil, nice to know there’s still somewhere new to go.

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  3. Sad. Interesting direction for you.
    Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much Trish

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  4. Dear Iain,

    And the circles they go round and round. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. I like this, very well written.

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    1. Thanks Trent, much appreciated.

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  6. Very true. Life goes round in circles.
    We reap what we sow.

    Congrats for your novel, Iain. The Barra Boy looks great!

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    1. Thanks Anita, hope you are able to check out the novel 😀

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  7. And the wheel keeps spinning. Interesting take and well done.

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    1. Thanks so much Eugenia

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  8. Ooh, I have to echo the others, Iain. This is fabulously done!

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    1. Thanks so much Dale, much appreciated

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    WOW. This is powerful

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  10. Circles? Or spirals? Time will tick, time will tell, we’ll hope mercy and forgiveness proves her right in her end times.
    So sad.

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  11. I just got “The Barra Boy.” Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks Linda, hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing what you think of it 😀

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      1. It’s the next book on my list 🙂

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  12. There was no thread left, but she kept the wheel spinning.,,,I like the refrain..life goes round and round. A departure from your regular style…but nevertheless, a very lovely attempt. Good story, Kelly

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  13. Having just read the post by Rochelle, I saw the start of a tale of fantasy in your offering this week

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  14. So well spun!
    And … I think there’s a bigger story there … I’ve a feeling I’m not the only one!
    Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂

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  15. And so the wheel goes on, threadbare, but on. Intriguing, Iain. 🙂

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  16. Delightfully different Iain. The Windmills Of Your Mind will be playing in mine for a while!

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    1. An appropriate song, thanks Keith

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  17. She was too tough on Casandra, in my opinion.

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  18. the title sums it all. great story.

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  19. Love this! Seems we both have current events running around in our heads. A great take on the prompt!

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  20. Great take on the visual prompt so much in such a short piece

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  21. Trapped in the past, old traditions and old values, poor woman.

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  22. The wheel spinning endlessly without thread is a powerful image. Sadly, that’s what goes on in far too many heads. Excellent story.

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  23. A very powerful story with great use of metaphor. Well done, Iain!

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  24. She may be spinning those wheels until the grave. Maybe Cassandra and her significant other will choose to forgive at some point, but…

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  25. I like this thread…sad but says so much. Yes, there is a bigger story here 🙂

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  26. Oh
    This is an interesting one. I’m fascinated about the lovely Cassandra. And the old woman… circles indeed. I hope the old woman can learn and change. Not everyone wants the past to return. Great think piece this one.

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  27. Life moves in circle..Nicely done Iain.

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