Silence

A myriad of dangers lurked on the other side.  Closing her eyes, Ruth tried wishing them away. Another day passed and still, she was unable to open the door.  Her family and friends never understood.

The day arrived when she had no choice.  Open the door or die.  Her hands trembled, it took several tries.  Crossing the threshold onto the porch, she shielded her eyes against the overly bright sun. The silence was palpable. No cars, no people, no noise of any kind except for sounds of nature.

Now … that was a world Ruth could open the door for.

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Inspired by “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge to write a story using only 100 words and hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  If you would like to read other stories or join in by adding your own take on the photo supplied by Dale Rogerson, click here.

 

58 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    Agoraphobia is no laughing matter… A worse fear pushed her to break free… hopefully forever.

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    1. That is true, Dale. Someone very close to me struggles with agoraphobia. He has a sense of humour about it, but it is hard for him (obviously). The ending of the story was Outer Limits-esq. The world disappeared. Thank you so much for commenting! =)

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  2. Nice take on the photo, tying it into agoraphobia! Love it!

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    1. I’m so glad you liked the story, Jennifer. Thank you for commenting!

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  3. How intriguing! Great take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan! =)

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  4. Create Space says:

    Brenda, another complete book in a nut shell!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie. That’s very encouraging of you to say! =)

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    Disappearing the world is a radical solution. But it seems to work

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    1. Some things require a radical solution! =) Thanks for commenting, Neil.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    I would love a peaceful world like this please! Excellent take Brenda.

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    1. I’d love some of that quiet too, at least for a while. Thanks for the encouraging comment! =)

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  7. oneta hayes says:

    I like happy endings. This is not an easy picture for a happy ending. 😀

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    1. I agree, the picture conjures images of brokenness. Thanks for reading and commenting! =)

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  8. draliman says:

    I could open the door to that world too. I’m glad she managed to go outside when she really had to.

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    1. This week was a challenge. I started out with there being something sinister (maybe alien?) outside the door keeping her inside, then she runs out of food and must venture out, only to find everyone gone. Sort of like an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone episode (I can’t remember which). Cutting it, and cutting it, to 100 words morphed into this.

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  9. gahlearner says:

    I would like to go through the door as well, but then it could ge too crowded for poor Ruth. I’m glad she found some peace. I love this, very unique.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments. This story didn’t end up as it began, I was surprised by it. =) Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  10. Sandra says:

    An uplifting ending to an incredibly debilitating condition. Well done, Brenda.

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    1. The story morphed into something completely different from where it began. She ran out of food and had to open the door, the result was sort of like an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone episode where everyone is gone. Cutting it, and cutting it, to 100 word limit morphed into this. =) Thank you for commenting, Sandra.

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  11. Ann Coleman says:

    Good story, Brenda! Made me wonder what had happened….and it did remind me of that old show, The Outer Limits! The Twilight Zone, too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann, I’m happy you enjoyed it. My husband and I have enjoyed recently watching these old classic shows. Take care and stay warm! 🙂

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  12. plaridel says:

    good for her. a good start. now it’s time to go back inside and avoid getting the cold. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Plaridel. The flu bug is really bad here, good idea to try and avoid it. Take care!

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  13. Laurie Bell says:

    What a terrible burden she carries. Such mental anguish. Creepy ending.

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    1. The creepy ending was what I was going for. Thank you for reading and commenting, Laurie. =)

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  14. Nice take on the prompt! Now, I would be curious to know more about her and the admonition … and why … Well done!

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    1. I’m glad to peek your curiosity about this character and leave you wondering. It’s such a challenge to create a story in one hundred words, and there are times, this is one of them, the story takes a turn far different from how it began. =) Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      1. Yes, these short-shorts can be tricky. Fun, though! 🙂

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  15. I like that you took this story from the “inside to the outside” instead of the other way around. Plus the fact that she might find solace in nature. I have great hope for her.

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    1. Thank you, Alicia. I very much appreciate your encouraging comments! =)

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  16. Piyali says:

    I woukd willingly go to a world like this. Beautiful narrative

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    1. Thank you so much, Piyali, for your encouraging comment. =)

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  17. At last, a ray of hope. A thought-provoking piece indeed.

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    1. Thank you, Keith, for reading and commenting. =)

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  18. I also have a friend with agoraphobia it can be debilitating. It would be great if he could open the door to such a world and have all his fears dissipate.

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    1. I’m so sorry, Michael, for your friend. Truly it would be great to have his fears relieved. Take care! =)

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  19. Jade M. Wong says:

    I hope she is happy now, and at peace with nature 🙂

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    1. She is. Thank you for reading and commenting too! =)

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  20. Dear Brenda,

    Agoraphobia is a crippling disorder that fills a person with nameless overwhelming fear. Yes, Been there, done that. Well written. I’m happy she was able to venture forth. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      I’m very sorry you have struggled with this. Thank you for reading my story and commenting, Rochelle. Take care!

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  21. Glad she could overcome her fear and finally opened the door. It’s not easy.

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    1. Very true, Anshu. Thank you for commenting!

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  22. Hard for family to comprehend. Hope it went well.

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    1. Thank you for reading & commenting! =)

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  23. magarisa says:

    I found the ending to be uplifting rather than creepy. A fascinating take on the prompt!

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    1. Thanks so much, Magarisa. I’m glad you found the ending uplifting. =)

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      1. magarisa says:

        You’re welcome, Brenda.

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  24. What a sense of fear… To me an empty world on the other side would be terrifying.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Bjorn. =)

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  25. granonine says:

    Agoraphobia is a terrible thing to live with. One’s world becomes increasingly smaller until or unless the victim finds some help/courage/encouragement. Well-written picture.

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  26. I love the upbeat ending!

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    1. Thank you, Dawn, for your encouraging comment. I’m sorry for not responding until now. A little under the weather. 🙂

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      1. I hope you feel better soon.

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      2. Thanks so much. Last week had a health issue this week it’s oral surgery yesterday. Getting older sometimes stinks (hehe). 🙂

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