Friday Fictioneers & A-Z Challenge: Closed


This is my response to the prompt at Friday Fictioneers, a slightly less than 100 word story. It is also my entry for the A-Z Challenge, with C for Closed.

Title: Closed
Genre: Realistic Fiction

After running for over a mile, Meghan reached the store.

A flipped-around sign marked Closed. Glass. Ten tile-covered feet.

It might as well have been a mile, might as well have been concrete and mortar.

Brick. Mortar. That gives her an idea.

Glass shatters. In she walks. In a display case near the door, she finds what she needs.

Bills and a hastily scrawled apology lay discarded on a bare counter. The sign in the unbroken window still reads Closed.


I actually wrote several different versions of this story in my head, with different things being what she’d gone to grab (some the object of an addiction, others a genuine emergency). I decided it would be better to leave it with some ambiguity.

What do you think?

20 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers & A-Z Challenge: Closed

  1. Nicely done! I miss fiction writing and I can’t wsit to get bact to it.
    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

  2. I am horrible at commenting and “I like it” just sounds so hollow to me but I did like it and I’m trying to get better about commenting.

  3. Hi, I am one of Lisa’s Live Wires and am helping with the Challenge. Your story created a picture right away in my mind and has me wondering what she needed so quickly. An Rx for someone? Jewelry? A book she couldn’t live without??
    I enjoyed reading this and can’t wait to read more throughout the month!

  4. My first thought was that it would take a lot of bills to cover the cost of the window as well as the item taken. I think knowing it was for a genuine emergency would look good, though a result of addiction might have a nice poignancy. Regardless, I like it.

  5. Good fast action – quick thinking too. Whatever it was Meghan was after in that display case, she needed it badly. Very intriguing. Well done, Anne. 🙂

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