Marking Time – Friday Fictioneers

Title: Marking Time
Source:  Friday Fictioneers sponsored by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple
Word count: 100 words


Sani kicked the broken asphalt chunk, sending it skidding across the deserted, crumbling parking lot. He dreaded going into Grandfather’s market, where Sani waited after school.

Grandfather would repeat his stories of the olden days. Sani knew the stories by heart and was tired of them.

Route 66 used to run past the market, bringing travelers into town. Grandfather made sandwiches he sold to them with soda and chips. Grandmother sold the Navajo jewelry she made. It was a good life. Then the interstate bypassed town taking the tourists past the market.

Sani could only wait to join the travelers.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

27 thoughts on “Marking Time – Friday Fictioneers

  1. flow of traffic can make or break businesses, and mom and pop shops suffer the most. I have seen that happen. you write the longing well, the short sentences heavy with emotion. i spotted a typo – taking/talking…heehee

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  2. It is a sad thing for small businesses when that happens. They built a highway bypassing my mother’s early childhood land as well and we see nothing anymore.

    Like Rochelle said, Sani should record Grandpa’s stories. I so regret not doing so for both my grandmother and father…

    Well done story, Jo. I really liked this.

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  3. A story that repeats over and over again, as the big “superstores” make it easy to do all your shopping in one place. Sad for the small business owners. You did a great job with this story.

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