A to Z Challenge Day Six – Fictioneering

a-to-z-letters-fThis week I am giving my Friday Fictioneers post double duty.  Not only will it continue the story of Clarice, the abused wife who did away with her wretched husband and her meeting with detective Sophie marcus, this is also my entry for day six of the A to Z Blogging Challenge for the letter F.

If you do not know about the Friday Fictioneers it is a wonderful little weekly gathering where we use a photo to tell a story. Each week our lovely counselor in residence, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, posts the photo that launches a grand adventure for those of us infected with this condition. All around the world writers eagerly await their weekly tonic.


From Scott Vanatter with permission; Photo Copyright Indira

If you are new to the concept of the A to Z challenge, it is a month-long adventure in posting to a specific latter of the alphabet. What’s that? April is thirty days long? Yes you have me there. We get Sunday’s off for good behavior. Also to reduce the traffic and allow us to visit some of the psots we missed during the week. With nearly 2,000 challenge participants there is a lot to read. If you would like to read some you can enter A to Z challenge in your Reader.

This week I chose to continue my story started three weeks ago about a woman who escaped an abusive relationship by ridding the world of her husband in the prompt named Freedom Flower. Last week I added the second installment concerning the detective assigned to the case in Equine Wisdom. In last week’s edition Detective Sophie Marcus caught Clarice in a lie The Lie Exposed.

(Genre: General Fiction)


“I always considered it my fault, that I just wasn’t good enough,” Clarice said. “Then one day when i was out taking photographs I came across this tree, ” she said fingering a photo. “even though some might consider it ugly, I found it beautiful. He was the one who was ugly.”

Detective Marcus studied the photo, then Clarice’s face. “If you had filed a report…”

“He would have hit me more and harder. Don’t you see I had no way out?”

Marcus shook her head. “I cannot just let this pass. You took the life of another person,” she said, struggling to keep the emotion out of her voice.


About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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20 Responses to A to Z Challenge Day Six – Fictioneering

  1. Mystikel says:

    I agree with Rochelle. If this was longer I would have just kept on reading. Nice piece.

  2. jwdwrites says:

    Joe, when I read this week’s entry for a moment I forgot entirely that you are a man! That’s meant to be a compliment, please don’t take offence. It just seemed so well.. plausible! Well done, very convincing. 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    What a great photo! I love taking pics of trees and my T for the challenge will be trees. Yes the tree is beautiful

  4. camgal says:

    I love the way you or direction in which you took the challenge, her story is compelling and you convey it so well.

  5. Dear Joe,
    The dialogue in this is seamless. I’m finding myself drawn into this continuing story. Tell me more.

    • Joe Owens says:

      Thanks for the compliment. I have written dialogue for many moons and like to use it to insert emotion in the scene. It is much more challenging with so few words.

  6. elappleby says:

    Hi Joe
    I like what you’ve done here – the tree is ugly to some but beautiful to her – the only ugliness in her life is her abusive man. Interesting stuff.

  7. nightlake says:

    the victim’s plight cannot be ignored..but the detective’s conclusion is right..

  8. And if she did report the abuse he would get a slap on the wrist and released to eventually kill her. You caught the feel of an abused woman very well.

  9. I would imagine this is a conflict many officers face when confronted with someone who takes a life under similar circumstances.

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