Nearly Caught

He watched as the scene faded in his rearview mirror.  He had gotten out of there as fast as he could.  Her scream drew a lot of attention.  He was nearly caught with his hand in the woman’s purse.  Trembling, he gripped the steering wheel, but his heart rate slowed.  She had looked so distraught.  He felt disappointment in not getting the chance to watch her face.  Oh, well, that’s not what it’s all about.  The acts of kindness themselves made Christmas feel real.  He hoped the extra bit of cash he slipped into her purse helped brighten her holiday.

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This tiny bit of fiction is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  The inspiring photo this week was provided by our host, Rochelle.

If you would like to join in and write your own story or if you would like read the stories of others from this week, visit here.

Thank you for stopping by and happy holidays to you all! 

48 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Now that’s a new twist on fingers-the-dip

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    1. Hm, not heard that before. 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Neil!

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  2. michael1148humphris says:

    A little help can go a long way. I hope that you have a good Christmas

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    1. It certainly can for those in need. Thanks so much and I hope you have a lovely Christmas as well!

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  3. Tannille says:

    Nice story misdirection. I imagine this happening in a “mirror” world.

    Have a wonderful Christmas. I hope Santa slips you something.

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    1. Thanks so much. I like the idea of a mirror world, very intriguing. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well! 🙂

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  4. James McEwan says:

    I enjoyed the miss-direction and turn of your story. Christmas time does bring out generosity in many people. Have a nice holiday and merry time.

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    1. I’m glad the miss-direct came through. I wasn’t sure. 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting, James, and I wish you a happy holiday as well!

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  5. Dear Brenda,

    What a fun bait and switch story. I love the turn you took with it. Happy and uplifting.

    Shalom and Merry Christmas,

    Rochelle

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    1. I’m very glad you found the story to be fun and uplifting. Thank you for your nice comments Happy holidays! 🙂

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  6. For a moment I thought he was actually stealing!

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    1. I’m happy to trick you at first (haha). Thanks so much for commenting, Bernadette! 🙂

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  7. Dale says:

    Wonderful misdirect, Brenda. Perfect for this time of year.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks so much, Dale! I’m glad the misdirect wasn’t confusing. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the weekend too!

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  8. msjadeli says:

    What a humble angel he is. Very much appreciate your human-hearted story, Brenda.

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    1. I’m very glad you enjoyed the character. I wish to be more like him (her); humble in heart. I like the way you put that. Thanks so much, Lisa! 🙂

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome. I understand about wanting to be more like that humble angel. Happy Holidays, Brenda.

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  9. plaridel says:

    such a finger lickin’ twist. so good i can taste it. well done. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you liked the twist, Plaridel. Thank you for your kind comments. 🙂

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  10. GHLearner says:

    I love how you turned our expectations upside down. Better than the Santa myth. Beautiful story.

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    1. Thanks so much for your nice comments! Made me smile. 🙂

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  11. Bill says:

    Nicely done. Imagine explaining that I was putting money into her purse. 🙂

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    1. It does make me chuckle to think about the poor guy trying to explain. Thanks, Bill. I hope you enjoy the weekend. 🙂

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      1. Bill says:

        You’re welcome, Brenda.
        I was replying to your comment on my FF post and it suddenly dropped away. Now I can’t find it. Dunno what happened. Sorry. You have a great one too. 🙂

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  12. notestowomen says:

    I loved where you went with this story, Brenda. A good Samaritan 🙂

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    1. Very glad you enjoyed!! Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

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  13. Sandra says:

    That’s a lovely twist. And quite unexpected, bringing back memories of a time in Spain when I put my hand in my bag and found another person’s hand in there. And he wasn’t putting anything back. 🙂 Merry Christmas, Brenda.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. Oh no, that’s not a good surprise. I hope they didn’t get away with anything valuable. We are headed to Spain next. I’ll keep that in mind. Hope you had a nice Christmas as well! 🙂

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  14. draliman says:

    Good job she didn’t “Mace” him… 🙂

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    1. Hm, that would have been bad, but there’s always the risk. 🙂 Hope you had a nice day yesterday and Happy New Year to you, Ali!

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      1. draliman says:

        And to you 🙂

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  15. What a perfect (misleading) start and a twist at the end. Really a great story for the season.

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    1. Thanks so much, Eugenia, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Happy holidays. 🙂

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  16. You seem to have taken us all by surprise – in a happy way! Nice one Brenda.

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    1. I’m very glad to have surprised you. I try but am not always good at the twist thing. Thanks so much, Keith! 🙂

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    1. Merry Christmas to you as well, Ann. I hope your day was joyful!! 🙂

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  17. elmowrites says:

    Aw, he’s a good guy after all. I’m not sure she’ll appreciate the scare but I imagine the gift will help soothe her nerves. A different kind of Santa.
    Happy holidays to you!

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    1. He is! I hope you have a nice quiet week after all your travels. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  18. pennygadd51 says:

    You set up the twist nicely, to give us a heart-warming ending. Thank you – and Happy Christmas!

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    1. I’m glad the twist worked (I struggled with that – haha). I needed a heart-warming ending this week too. Hope you have a peaceful holiday week, Penny, and thanks for stopping by.

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  19. i b arora says:

    so he wasn’t what we thought he was, interesting.

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    1. No, he certainly wasn’t. Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

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  20. Laurie Bell says:

    What a fabulous twist! Nicely done Brenda. I bet they were very thankful. Merry Christmas

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Laurie, and hope you had (have) a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year!

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  21. jillyfunnell says:

    Your story has a perfectly lovely twist.

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    1. What a nice comment, Jilly. Thanks so much, and a Happy New Year to you!

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      1. jillyfunnell says:

        Happy new year to you, Brenda!

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