Set Free

Sophie absentmindedly rubbed her scarred ankle.  It felt as if the heavy metal cuff still clung there, from the length of chain that had held her captive. Feeling antsy she asked again, “When do we leave?”

“Be patient, Sophie.” Abigail urged.

Two days later Tatty announced, “It’s time!”

Stepping from the house that served as a refuge, Sophie’s eyes fixed on the chains that hung from a post nearby.  Each chain a reminder of someone set free.  One of those chains had been hers.

It was time to free the others.

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“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt.  This week’s photo was provided by Douglas L. McIlroy. It has been a lot of fun to join this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  If you would like to read other superb Friday Fictioneers’ stories, click HERE.

 

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. Moon says:

    A poignant story. I really hope they are able to set the other girls free, too. Love your writing, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Moon. Freedom for the girls is a great goal!

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      1. Moon says:

        After reading your response I feel like I might have misunderstood the nature of the shackles implied here.

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  2. Create Space says:

    Has the possibility of turning into something even more and very interesting!

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    1. I have a story and characters in mind. Think I’ll expand it some more. Thank you for the encouragement!

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      1. Create Space says:

        Glad to help…do keep us posted with your progress and…have fun with it Brenda!

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  3. athling2001 says:

    Love the hopeful tone of your story.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I saw something similar in the chains, but less hopeful than yours in the end!

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    1. Yours left the reader wanting to know more and that’s a good thing! =) I’m into “hopeful” lately.

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  5. granonine says:

    Would love to know the backstory here. I hope these women accomplish there goal.

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    1. I’m glad to leave you wondering. =)

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  6. lisarey1990 says:

    So poignant. Wonderfully written.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! =)

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  7. You’ve touched the edges of a much bigger story, leaving the reader to write their own ending. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan. I enjoy writing something that is thought-provoking! =)

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  8. There’s a lot of suffering in those few words.

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    1. Unfortunately, yes, Tracy. The suffering is real. =( Thank you for commenting.

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  9. draliman says:

    She’s been through a lot but she’s still going to help the others. A strong woman!

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    1. Yes, glad you saw that. She is determined to turn her pain into passion and fight her fear in order to help those still imprisoned!

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  10. Powerful and very thought provoking

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    1. Thanks so much, Michael! =)

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  11. Strong actions and feelings well captured in 100 words. Nice take on the prompt.

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    1. Thank you! It certainly is a challenge to write a story only using 100 words, but it’s also a lot of fun. =)

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  12. pennygadd51 says:

    Yay! Go, Sophie!
    That’s a great call to arms (metaphorically, of course!), Brenda. It makes me think of Erin Pizzey, who opened the first women’s refuge in 1971, and reminds me that in many parts of the world our sisters still need our support. Three cheers for you, Brenda!

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    1. Thank you, Penny, for your wonderful comments. There are indeed women in the world who are in desperate need of our help. Erin Pizzey seems to be an inspirational woman indeed.

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  13. Well done. I like her courage and tenacity.

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    1. For sure, Russell, thanks so much!

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  14. Dale says:

    This snippet leaves us with questions of why they are there in the first place but I love the hope and power of them being able to not only set themselves free, but also the others.
    Loved this

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    1. Thanks so much, Dale. As soon as I saw the chains, I was reminded of a little girl I met while doing a project in Asia. She and her brother had been freed from their shackles by the authorities. Their story was a sad one, yet with a happy ending. Thanks again! =)

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      1. Dale says:

        How horrible to have lived through that.

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  15. Dear Brenda,

    I could think of a few scenarios for this story. Bottom line is that the girls have been freed from their chains. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. There are a number of scenarios that this could happen, for sure. But they were set free! Thank you for commenting. =)

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  16. There’s a lot of hope in your story. I love the vision of empty shackles. Nicely done.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alicia! The empty shackles say so much … freedom.

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