Every Friday, from around the world, writers gather at the virtual fireside of Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, prompted by a photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. This week’s photo is courtesy of Rochelle herself. Thank you, Rochelle. Here’s the story your photo inspired:
The Radical Leap
We trained the dog to keep guard in the tree. He sensed their return – in advance even of me. His barking gave us time to put Sammie’s security in place. Parents and paying guests would scour the house. Sammie would only materialise – a fleeting ghost – here and there. They never cottoned, being in a constant haze of drink, drugs or worse, withdrawal. Today the guest was cold sober and swifter, determined to get his money’s worth from little Sammie.
“Why does he let it happen?”
“I asked him once. ‘Tzimtzumim’, he answered.”
“Angels have all the answers?”
(c) Ann Isik 2014