The Long Walk Home…Friday Fictioneers.

Hayley knew she shouldn’t be walking home alone at 2.00 am. That rapists don’t care about equality and a woman’s right to safely walk the streets at night.

However, she’d spent her taxi money on one last drink, and that wasn’t the best idea either.

Indeed, bad decisions were lining up like dominoes waiting to fall, and she knew her guardian angel was working overtime tonight.

“Hey, Hayley. You alright?” Matt asked putting his arm around her shoulder.

She was pleased to see her brother’s friend, forgetting she was more likely to be raped by someone she knew than a stranger.


100 Words

This has been another contribution for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields. PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson. Click here for other stories inspired by the prompt.

37 thoughts on “The Long Walk Home…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. M K Zebra

    “bad decisions lined up like dominos” I like that phrase.

    It would be interesting to hear the perspective of the man in this situation, how can he justify contemplating doing something so atrocious to someone he knows? What are his “bad decision dominos”?

  2. Rowena Post author

    Yes, rather brutal wasn’t it. Might have been a bit inspired by the dastardly evil doer in Swan Lake. He desended on poor Odette and Sigfried like pure evil.

  3. Dale

    I think that kind of thinking is what gets people into trouble in the first place.
    Talk about negative and attracting trouble…

  4. Eugenia Parrish Author

    Funny how the loneliness in this picture struck us all in different ways. But that’s what makes a writer — seeing the same things in new and different words. A frightening story recognizable to all women.

  5. msjadeli

    Very well-written and realistic plot, Rowena. Too true on all of it. It’s a messed up world where you have to be on your toes at all times or face assault 😦

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much. I love writing these 100 word pieces and am surprised how much you can say in them. I wrote a 500 word story for a different challenge on the weekend and it actually took me awhile to get there after writing flash fiction for so long. I’m going to keep at it though. I really enjoyed it.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Yes, poor unsuspecting sod. Common scenario with these poor characters. Time they picked up the pen for themselves and wrote their own endings.
    Best wishes,

  8. Rowena Post author

    I am always intrigued to read the different responses to the prompt and there are often vqarious groupings where people have been on a similar wavelength. Sometimes, there are ones you could even join together into a longer story.

  9. Girl in Niagara

    I’m really enjoying Rochelle’s 100 word flash fiction challenge. I’ve only just started. This past week was my third attempt. It’s fun and a great way to get the creativity flowing.

  10. Rowena Post author

    Thank you, Suzanne. Yes, I agree. I also have a 13 year old daughter and she’s just starting to venture out and it is quite a different experience being the parent. Thankfully, she’s a good kid, a bit on the shy side and very busy with dance.
    Best wishes,

  11. Rowena Post author

    Welcome along. It’s been fabulous for my writing and has taken me into a new genre. I used to mainly write poetry, although I’ve dabbled in short stories and attempted children’s books. I’m now doing a 500 word short story challenge once a month. Well, I would’ve been if I hadn’t stuffed up the deadline. here’s the link in case you’re interested:
    Best wishes,

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