Orphaned, Carlos slept in doorways.  With hat in hand, he begged for food.

Ho fame.”

He hauled boxes for merchants and fished along the pier.  He saved enough to buy a gondola.  He relished carrying passengers along the canals of Venice.

One day, a beautiful woman stepped into his boat.  They glided to the waters of the lagoon and sat beneath the stars. Nearing old age, she said, “It’s time to rest.”

But, who do I pass my beloved gondola to? 

A knock sounded at his door.  A boy stood outside with hat in hand.

He pleaded, “Signoreho fame.”


“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by 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 taken by Fatima Fakier.  It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers! For more stories, visit HERE.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. draliman says:

    I like the idea of it being passed down through the generations not from father to son but from one needy person to the next 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad to convey what I was aiming for. =)

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  2. Nice take on the prompt. We both shared the same character name for different roles!


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  3. Dale says:

    That was a lovely story, Brenda! What a wonderful idea!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I like to imagine the little boy’s reaction. =)

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  4. pennygadd51 says:

    I love the circular construction. It gives such a sense of the continuity of life. It was especially nice that the heritage was passed to another needy young man.

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    1. Thank you, Penny, for your comments! A beautiful circle. =)

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  5. Dear Brenda,

    What a sweet story. Carlo took paying it forward to a new level. Well told.



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    1. Thank you, Rochelle. Passing it forward to someone else in need is a nice thought.


  6. Ah, that circle of life. I feel peace descending already, Brenda.

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    1. I’m so glad, Kelvin. =)

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  7. jillyfunnell says:

    I too thought “circle of life”. Lovely story.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jilly!


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