Friday Fictioneers: Life Cycle


© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“Children can’t come in.” The woman in uniform crossed her arms as she barred the entrance. 

“But Matron, we’ve driven over a hundred miles to  see the baby.”

“You go in and these two stay on the verandah. Can’t risk newborns with children’s germs.

“I’ll be quick.”

“Don’t worry Mum. We’ll play hopscotch in the shadows.”

Unobserved the figure watched from the shadows of the red bench, approaching the verandah when the adults had gone.

“I’ll show you the baby.”

“But the germs.”

“You ain’t got germs.” Trusting they followed, fulfilling the cycle of life and death.


In response to Friday Fictioneers. The photo is the PROMPT. Where does it take you? Tell me in a hundred words or less.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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32 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Life Cycle

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Chilling! You’ve really taken hold of your fiction writing chops!

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  2. bkpyett says:

    That’s how it was, children were kept out. Your last sentence suggests with good reason!!

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  3. 😦
    Perhaps lightening up next time ?
    Or is it possible that this genre of writing encourages the dark ?

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  4. Sherri says:

    Now that is scary…and I love it…

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  5. fictionfitz says:

    Reblogged this on Writing Out Loud and commented:
    Great picture Irene, writing too.


  6. You’ve got my scary vote!

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  7. Am I crazy here, or your last line suggested that “figure” killed the children? Scary, yes!

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  8. You do have a way wit words 😉

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  9. Maree Gallop says:

    Very good, chilling, frightening and a good read.

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  10. So chilling.. and so easy to lure the children .. maybe they don’t fall for candy any longer.. but ever so scary still

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  11. Horror. “Fulfilling the cycle of life and death.” It’s even more horrific when it involves innocence.

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  12. Sandra says:

    Horrifyingly convincing. Good one.

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  13. Dear Irene,

    I think the uniformed nurse might regret adhering to the rules. Scary.



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