Graffiti – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

The Friday Fictioneers is a friendly writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!

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Stella looks around and sighs. Yesterday she put the glass tables up, today they are ‘adorned’ with graffiti, like everything else in the neighbourhood. Disillusioned kids without hope for a future, she thinks. They need an outlet for their frustration.

This won’t defeat her though. She’ll use the tables for serving cheap meals regardless. Nobody cares about food safety and insurance these days and she is a careful cook. No one will starve while she is around.

“Stella means star,” her mum once told her, “and I want you to shine like a star.” This is Stella’s motto for life.

(100 words)

To me, this picture looks optimistic.

47 thoughts on “Graffiti – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. What a lovely way to turn around something negative! Discounted meals for graffitied tables. In Melbourne, Australia, the graffiti has become a tourist attraction as it is not generally seen in the city – and the quality of the artwork is high or it has a savvy political message that attracts interest. Great story, Gabi

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    1. Yes, if only, but at least where I live she’d be restricted by bureaucracy in a way that she couldn’t afford to do it. I’ve seen a farmer throw away tons of vegetables for reasons only he knows and this can’t even be given to or picked up by the food tables because of food safety regulations. So it rots. I (and a few others) acquired some of the freshly discarded stuff from the compost bin. Thank you Tannille.

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      1. It’s disgusting and offensive when that happens. Here we pay too much for food and excess crops are destroyed to “protect” the industry and keep prices high. I wonder if these rules will change as the world food crisis hits? Probably not.

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        1. Growing local isn’t rewarded, farmers often can’t compete with the prices of other countries and it seems cheaper to buy stuff from far away than from here. Which is environmentally so contraproductive… Ahrgh! 😀

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