Friday Fictioneers : Stars

Stars

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Young Steve was a dreamer, and stars occupied his dreams. He spent his pocket money on Telescopes and Star atlases and watched Astronomy programs on the families black and white television.

Steve came back to earth, found his true love and fathered two amazing children while the earth continued to spin around the sun and the moon played games with the tides.

Old Steve, withered, and broken, drew comfort from the twinkling lights of the Xmas tree.

He knew that it was time for him to fly, at last, towards the distant galaxies of his childhood dreams.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly Flash Fiction challenge set by the amazing and inspirational Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It’s also one of the reasons I startedย to write and its community of great writers and artists motivate me every week.

This week’s prompt was provided by ยฉย Vijaya Sundaram. What a great prompt it has proved to be.

I’d like to raise my glass to all of you.

38 comments

  1. neilmacdon · August 31, 2016

    A whole lifetime in 100 words

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lynn Love · August 31, 2016

    What a great tale, Graham. A lovely spin through one life and through the boundlessness of space. A lovely, warm story

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

      Thanks Lynn. What a great prompt.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lynn Love · August 31, 2016

        Yes indeed. Lots of interesting stories today. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

        Yes, my afternoon has been set aside to read them all!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Lynn Love · September 2, 2016

        Almost too many to keep up with!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Graham Lawrence · September 2, 2016

        It’s easily an afternoon’s worth isn’t it ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      • Lynn Love · September 3, 2016

        Yes indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Al · August 31, 2016

    Great story Graham. Rochelle was also the reason I started writing and the reason I started Sunday Photo Fiction. She does a great job, and so do you with your multitude of excellent fiction.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

      Thanks Al! I enjoy Sunday Photo Fiction too as you know! Thanks for reading and liking my little story.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Iain Kelly · August 31, 2016

    Great effort, a whole lifetime, and a nice way to end thinking of death as a new start. Nice.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

      Thanks for reading Iain and for your lovely comments

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  5. Clare Hempstead · August 31, 2016

    I love this take on the prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sandra · August 31, 2016

    Another heartwarming story, taking the main character full circle in a beautiful way. Really nice.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

      Thanks Sandra!

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  7. Morgan · August 31, 2016

    Extraordinary ๐Ÿ™‚ Bravo!

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    • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

      I’m so glad you liked my little story. It just poured out of me in one go ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Morgan · August 31, 2016

        Thats the beauty of Flash Fiction….or so I am learning. this is only my second go ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. gahlearner · August 31, 2016

    A beautiful story and perfect illustration for ‘we are the universe’.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. nonsmokingladybug · August 31, 2016

    “The distant galaxy of childhood dreams” that’s my favorite line. Well done!

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    • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

      Oh thanks a lot for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  10. michael1148humphris · August 31, 2016

    I hope he finds what he was looking for. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg) · August 31, 2016

    I read a lot of destiny and dreams in this… beautiful

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  12. wmqcolby · September 1, 2016

    Wow, Graham! So lyrical. Incredibly cool. Astronomy is one of my favorite hobbies, so this hit home.

    Five out of five Magellanic Clouds.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · September 1, 2016

      Oh thanks. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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  13. ceayr · September 1, 2016

    Poignant piece, elegantly done.
    Love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · September 1, 2016

      Thanks CE!

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  14. rochellewisoff · September 2, 2016

    Dear Graham,

    Such a sweet way of telling the story of someone’s life.

    It’s always gratifying for me to know the impact Friday Fictioneers has made on another writer. Thank you so much for that. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Graham Lawrence · September 2, 2016

      Thanks Rochelle. It just flowed somehow. I intended to write something else and this is what I ended up with. It’s so satisfying. Looking forward to next weeks prompt! xx

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  15. lingeringvisions by Dawn · September 2, 2016

    Cheers to you Graham and your lovely story this week.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Dahlia · September 3, 2016

    Dreams do get fulfilled, if only one has patience – a heartwarming little story ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · September 3, 2016

      Thanks for dropping by to read.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Emily Livingstone · September 5, 2016

    Lovely! My first thought was the same as Neil’s–a whole life in 100 words. And what a life–this reminds me that we all have these touchstones that we take pleasure in–and the pleasure could be so quiet that no one else would really know about it.

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    • Graham Lawrence · September 5, 2016

      Thanks for such kind words and for taking the time to read my story ๐Ÿ™‚

      Like

  18. Dreamer of Dreams · September 6, 2016

    What a tender story of a complete life! Sweet, sweet, sweet!

    ((Forgive my late response, but I’m computer-less. Using my husband’s computer right now. Mine is kaput.)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · September 6, 2016

      Thanks for dropping by to read. I’m glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your computer gets better soon.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. patriciaruthsusan · September 7, 2016

    Sweet story of a lifetime loving the stars. Good writing, Graham. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · September 7, 2016

      Thanks Suzanne! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Liked by 1 person

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