Friday Fictioneers – Debt Crisis

ff050117Most days, the twisting lane down to Hennigan’s farm lay silent. Only the rumble of Frank’s rusty tractor occasionally besmirched the rural hush. In summers though, desperately needed visitors would weave their way down the lane to buy the farm’s prize asset, Hennigan cider. There hadn’t been nearly enough visitors this summer, or last, and the farm was in trouble.

From her kitchen, Mary Hennigan peered out between autumn raindrops towards the barn. Frank’s Labrador had been barking, and now he’d started to howl. Buttoning up her raincoat, Mary set out for the barn, cursing both Frank and his stupid dog on the way.


The words above form my first Friday Fictioneers story of 2017.  

Happy New Year to all my fellow FF’rs.

9 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Debt Crisis

    1. paulmclem Post author

      In a previous edit I explicitly made this clear i.e.lifeless body swinging from the rafters etc. However, I thought it was too obvious, and not very satisfying. Preferred to let us find out through Mary – or at least begin the walk to finding out 🙂

  1. Iain Kelly

    I like the ambiguity of the ending, just enough information to get a sense of what has happened, and better for leaving for the reader to figure out. Great stuff.

  2. mandibelle16

    I had to read it a few times, but I did get the idea Frank had committed suicide or had a heart attack from the stress of the situation. Nice write and I agree with Ian, the ambiguity is interesting.


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