FF – Friday Fictioneers – Thoughts of a Brighter Day – Horror – Rated R

It’s time, once again, for Friday Fictioneers hosted by RochelleW.  Just write a 100 word (Just about, anyway) story based on the photo prompt below.  After checking out my entry below the pic, please click > HERE < for the rest of the collection.  Enjoy!!!

Copyright- Jean L. Hays

Thoughts of a Brighter Day

By Scott L Vannatter – 100 words

Carolyn stepped into the foyer.  She peered through the stained-glass ornament hanging on the door’s window.  It was a porpoise swimming in the sea.  She could look through it and see the beautiful house across the way and the bright sunlight shining on everything.  If she stopped a moment and ignored her brain, she could remember what it had been like before Hell Day, before “they” had come along.

“Stupid chicken,” she thought referring to the virus in the hormone-soaked meat that had started it all.

She decided here was a good a place as any for the night’s survival.


Carolyn’s journey in the post-apocalyptic world continue.  I hope you are not growing tired of her.  Look through my “short stories” page for all her short clips as well as the 1st two parts of the full short story I have begun.



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  • rochellewisoff  On December 21, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Dear Scott,

    As long as your 100 word pieces stand on their own…which they do…I can hang with Carolyn. 😉




  • jmmcdowell  On December 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    No worries, Scott—you’ve got a strong character and story going here. This is definitely one to consider for publication.


  • patrickprinsloso  On December 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Well done as per previous comments. Good reminder about what’s going on with our food chain.


  • Andrea Stephenson  On December 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I’m really enjoying reading about Carolyn, Scott. You’ve conveyed so much about her character and history in a short space of time that makes me want to follow her journey. For me, what really counts in good horror is the journey of the characters and I already care about what happens to Carolyn. Looking forward to reading more.


    • kindredspirit23  On December 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Wow! I wish you could know what that does to me. I am stoked now. I had been going back and forth trying to decide if she was worth a really long read. I think now that a version of the story after this short-long version would be to put all the stories together, lengthen them into a novella and then twist whatever ending I come up with.


  • Sandra  On December 19, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Quite an achievement to get a post-apocalyptic story out of this prompt. Well done.


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