Closing The Curtain…Friday Fictioneers.

James was in trouble. The deafening noises outside were ricocheting inside his head like exploding bullets, driving him mad like an insatiable itch he couldn’t scratch. He knew the volcano was set to explode. Closed the curtains. Clamped his  hands over his ears, and locked himself away in his cupboard. Still, he couldn’t block all the noises out.  A rock smashed through his window, and the sound of exploding glass destroyed what was left of his fragile senses. Sounds, incomprehensible sounds, were all that came out, but there was nothing James could formulate into any kind of message for help.


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This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields. PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

In my take on this week’s prompt, I decided to reframe the #blacklives matter protests alongside an incredible rescue mission we had here in Australia to find a non-verbal Autistic youth who had been missing in dense bushland in Victoria for two nights. On one hand, you have a loud, demonstrative protest over a despicable act, but on the other, you have someone who is acutely sensitive to noise and is overwrought. As you may be aware, many people on the Autism Spectrum are exceptionally sensitive to loud noises and bright lights and can shut themselves away. However, the rescue team responded with incredible empathy and sensitivity. You can read more about it here: Finding Hope on Mt Disppointment.

Meanwhile, I hope you are all keeping safe and well. We’re coming out of lock down safely here in Australia with only very minimal transmission here. It’s a huge relief.

Best wishes,




14 thoughts on “Closing The Curtain…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. Na'ama Yehuda

    Great depiction of the overwhelm that’s often felt by the super-sensitive. Let alone when combined with inability or difficult explaining verbally AND with the reality that language centers in the brain get shut down in times of stress, making explanation even HARDER, even for those of us who may not have communication challenges. Well done!

  2. theministryofshrawleywalks

    What a wonderfully perceptive Idea, to be looking out at a catasrophe unfolding with only a thin piece of glass between the subject and his autism, his lack of understanding really shone through this piece; great take

  3. granonine

    We have a grandson on the Asperger’s end of the Autistic Spectrum, so we’re very familiar with the noise and light sensitivity. So happy for the way this turned out–I read about it, so relieved for a happy ending and sympathetic neighbors and friends.

  4. Tannille

    In a strange way, I think most of us have felt like this at some point. It reminds me of a panic attack. I would not like to have autism, I imagine episodes would be frequent.

    You nailed this one.

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Tannille. I hadn’t thought of the parallels between a meltdown for someone on the spectrum and a panic attack. Interesting point which I’m going to follow up.
    Best wishes,

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