Where He Called Home #Friday Fictioneers

“Isn’t that Stu’s bike over there?”
The bartender wiped the last pint glass clean, set it down, and glanced outside at the sycamore tree.
“Yeah, that’s his all right.”
“Someone buy it or something?”
“Nope.  Been there ever since he died.”
“I thought he…”
“Died at home, yeah,” said the bartender.  “But on the day he passed, I looked outside at four thirty or so and there’s the damned bike.  Could have sworn it wasn’t there at opening.”
“Didn’t old Stu come by every day…”
“Around four thirty.  Like clockwork.”

———-

I return after a one week intermission!  I have briefly traded the steamy forests of North Carolina to the pleasantly dry and treeless expanse of New Mexico.  I promise I’ll be better about keeping up the weekly serving of fiction from now on!  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below:

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About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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14 Responses to Where He Called Home #Friday Fictioneers

  1. Sandra says:

    Great idea, with a touch of sadness mingled with spookiness. Well done

  2. Dear Danny,

    I guess Stu liked to keep an appointment, dead or alive. Touching story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  3. Nice. Makes me want to know more.

  4. annisik51 says:

    Good paranormal story. And this sort of thing happens. Ann

  5. Good job, Danny, and I hope you’re having a great time in New Mexico.

    janet

  6. steph says:

    I love stories like this. The dead are with us, animals and humans. My first time here. I enjoyed your explanation of glossarch.

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