Friday Fictioneers – Table for One

ff291014We would often overhear the old woman on reception telling a caller that they were full tonight; see couples drift back into the darkness, hungry and disappointed at the ‘No tables – Sorry!‘ sign in the window.

Yet, within a dimly lit alcove, one table would remain untaken. A single place setting, one glass; a carafe of house red breathing gently in the glow of a melting candle; a single white rose.

I didn’t know the owner’s story, whether he was married, or had kids. Not sure if anybody knew why the table was always left empty – just never seemed our place to ask.


These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

23 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Table for One

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Cheers, Claire. Yep, I quite like leaving the reader to make up their own ending. Sometimes I view the 100 words as just a kick start to the reader’s imagination. Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.

  1. Sandra

    I think the fact that it’s an old woman handling reception tells the reader that she’s keeping a place for someone from a long time ago. I loved the detail in this, the roses, candle and wine. Well done.

  2. Margaret

    I love how you’ve set the scene with all the customers, the old lady, the sign; and how you’ve included an ‘I’ and ‘we’ in there as well. It all comes alive.


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