I took one last glimpse of the photo I have admired since age six. My grandmother stood on this very balcony before me, dressed in white and someone captured pure elegance. I never met her, but I love her.

Behind the autumn leaves are patches of bright blue sky. I can’t help but think she had something to do with this picturesque day.

Was she as nervous as I?

I look to my right; my father who inherited Her kind eyes provides me his reassuring wink. Forward we move & approach the stairs – at the bottom, my forever waits.

Copyright: Jennifer Pendergast

This was written in response to: Friday Fictioneers.

The goal of Friday Fictioneers is to challenge yourself to write a 100 word story that is influenced by a single photo. If you’d like to learn more and/or participate, click here


15 thoughts on “Picturesque

    1. 🙂 Thank you!! It took me a while to get this one under 100 words & it actually turned out different than what I had initially thought. I like it when that happens – that’s one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed doing the flash fiction.

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  1. This was beautiful. It has that quiet, yet powerful, joy that is felt before walking down the aisle. Honestly, you’ve put wonderful detail throughout. It held my interest and touched my heart the entire time- no slow or lackluster points. Like Rochelle mentioned, I especially enjoyed the part where she said she loved her Grandma, even though she never knew her. That love and admiration for family is also artfully expressed when she mentioned that her Grandma had to have “something” to do with the picturesque day. Also, fantastic use with italics to emphasize her thoughts. Very visual and very clever to have her father inherit her Grandma’s eyes. Once again, your descriptions involve the eyes (which I love)- no dialogue needed to express the sentiments! And you couldn’t have written a more perfect last line- it wrapped everything up beautifully. Seriously, magnificent job, Jen! Add fiction to your list of fortes!


    1. Ya know, again you are able to provide me with insight on my own work I would have never thought of. Thank you so much for you positive input and nice compliments. I’m already looking forward to the next prompt tomorrow. 🙂 I like your idea you mentioned elsewhere about disregarding the first 3 ideas… I’m going to give that whirl & see where it takes me.

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      1. I’m glad to have helped! I do hope you’ll write for this week’s FF as well. I assume you’re extremely busy, so I’ll keep this short! I just wanted to let you know that I FINALLY posted that darn Liebster Post. I know you’re already nominated, but I nominated you anyway because…Well because I can! Anyway, I hope all is well with you. 😀



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