Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose and poetry

Friday Fictioneers — What to believe?


Darryl stared me straight in the eye. “He swam off with a mermaid on Christmas Day.”

I jotted two words on my pad — Deluded? Denial? — and drew a circle around them both. “Wasn’t it rather cold?”

“His heart was frozen anyway. No job. Mum didn’t want him anymore.”

“So what did the mermaid have to offer?”

“A new life.”

If that’s what you want to call “suicide”, I thought.

Darryl slid a photograph across the table.ย It was of some clothes neatly folded at the end of a jetty and a silver tailfin sticking up out of the water nearby.


Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo prompt: image (c)ย Lucy Fridkin

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26 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — What to believe?

  1. Fanciful…creative….totally enjoyable!

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  2. the wonderful thing about writing is that if you invent mermaids you’re creative, not deluded

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  3. This was most enjoyable indeed! And I have to agree with Neal!

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  4. love it!! of course anything with a mermaid!!

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  5. Dear Sarah,

    This will give the therapist much to consider, won’t it? I echo Neil, we writers live in a fanciful world of our own creation. Personally, I do whatever the voices tell me. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Imaginatively clever story. You had me in the scene.



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  6. I most definitely believe๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Haha, nice ending. I bet that have them pause for thought and re-evaluation. Nice take.

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  8. Mermaids! I love the idea.

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  9. Amazing, Sarah. It seems to tread the fine line between “did it really happen?” and the “it’s only made-up” type of story. Works well.

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  10. Great story, I love this dearest Sarah…I believe, I believe! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

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  11. Ah. I hope it was a mermaid, though I think it could still be delusion… a trick of light and believing the best maybe.

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