Friday Fictioneers – Starting Over

ff310816Sasha’s dilated, bloodshot pupils remained fixed on the flashing TV screen. Sasha hadn’t moved for hours.  He’d watched distant and detached as an endless carousel of colourful commentators welcomed in the new millennium. From Dunedin to Delaware, the world had moved from old into new. Crackling fireworks, cheering, happy smiling faces: revelers looking forward with hope. Sasha hadn’t looked forward with hope in such a long time.

The once groaning heap between Sasha and the TV now lay silent. Rivulets of crimson no longer dribbled across the slate floor.

‘Happy New Year, Sasha,’ he whispered, while raising the glass to his lips.


These words form my entry into Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

19 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Starting Over

  1. Claire Fuller

    Very creepy, but I’m also a bit confused / being very dense. Is Sasha the dead person on the floor (as suggested by the last line) or someone else (as suggested by the penultimate paragraph)?

  2. The Mom Who Runs

    Well! That took a dark turn in a hurry! I’m curious about why he’s hopeful, what with the dead body on the floor. Abusive partner? Or is he the unstable one? There’s a bit of passive voice in the first paragraph that slows the pace a little until you get to the no longer groaning heap. The tension there picks up nicely and had me re-reading it a couple of times.
    Happy trails! 🙂

  3. Dreamer of Dreams

    The Sasha who appeared to be dead, and the Sasha who was raising a toast to him confused me, until I read your replies to the others above.
    Quite a dark and chilling story!

    (Sorry about my late response to your story, but I’m currently using my husband’s computer, being computer-less. I shall expect a hefty bill from Apple soon!)


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