Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Post 1650. Wednesday December 13

Friday Fictioneers




As night drapes a blanket of darkness over a slumbering world, I slink away into the stillness of the street. I hear the rustle of fallen leaves, the rattle of a discarded can cartwheeling along the gutter. I spin my head toward a screeching owl for I am not alone on my nightly journey. I turn again as a fox skips from one overfilled dustbin to another. A bat swoops. Fluttering moths frantically fly around a street lamp whilst a spider weaves a web with which to harvest the flying fruits of dawn.

We are the creatures of the night. Our night. Ours.




Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Sandra Crook for the picture.















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71 comments:

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    1. That is so kind of you Lore, thank you.

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  2. And they're welcome to keep the night to themselves - this piece doesn't make me want to venture out and join them!

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    1. Nor me mate! Indoors, feet up, a wee dram then bedy-byes!

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  3. Dear Keith,

    Very picturesque piece. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, very much appreciated.

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  4. Beautifully written, Keith .

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    1. Kind of you to say so moon, thank you.

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  5. I tolerate the bats on the front porch, but do not feel the same about the raccoons, skunks and possums.

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    1. Fortunately they don't number amongst our night time prowlers here Denise!

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  6. Fantastic, Keith. I love the way that the narrator can just be anyone.

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    1. It can although in this instance I've written it from the perspective of a cat. Cheers Varad

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  7. Wonderful imagery, Keith - so rich and beautiful I had to read it twice.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  8. Bwahhh hhaaaaa haaaa haaaaaaaaaaa!

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    1. Sorry. The piece is very well done and excellent mood creation, but I just coulodn't resist a little hand wringing and some evil cackling.

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    2. Wow you scared me! I forgive you though. Cheers Alice!

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  9. Hi Keith - so many creatures of the night ... I hear a few of them here - cheers Hilary

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    1. There are but up in muy flat I don't hear a sound! Thanks Hilary.

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  10. What lovely images of the night you've spun there, Keith. A really lovely homage to all the excitement that happems while most of us sleep. Love it

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    1. It's a different world out there at night! Thanks Lynn

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  11. Noce story. There's a universe spinning around out there in the night while we sleep.

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  12. The night belongs to those who can see in it.

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  13. looks like a vampire is up and about doing his round. :)

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    1. Tere are probably some of those too, they really will scare my cat!

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  14. As if my regular fears of the dark were not enough! I hate you Keith :-)

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    1. Oh dear, I do apologise! Cheers Anurag.

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  15. My cat is certainly of the opinion that the night belongs to her. As does the duvet, the pillow and any spare hand that might find its way from beneath the bedclothes. Well done, Keith.

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    1. Now that hadn't occured to me! Thanks Sandra.

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  16. A lovely piece, Keith. You've used good imagination to capture a few moments in the nocturnal prowlings of your cat.

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    1. Odd creatures, cats! You'd think they'd rather be curled up indoors with all that going on outside! Cheers Penny

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  17. Great atmospheric description on this one! I loved all the sounds, and how it evokes that spooky feeling of hearing things in the dark that you can't see.

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    1. It's another world out there! Cheers Joy.

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  18. I love the voice and the atmosphere. Made me think of the Phantom of the Opera and the song "Music of the Night." Well done.

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    1. One of my favourites - I'm going to play it right now! Thanks Linda

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  19. Nice, a different world after dark, especially from a cat's perspective!

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    1. I often wonder what they are really thinking. Thanks Alistair

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  20. Excellent writing Keith. That was smooth as silk.

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  21. Brilliant, Keith - I love this!

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    1. I'm delighted you enjoyed it liz. Thank you.

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  22. Gorgeously written. The scene is set perfectly for the reader.

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  23. I enjoyed reading this very much

    Susan

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  24. wonderful. I enjoyed seeing his night.

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  25. What beautifully descriptive writing is this, Keith.

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  26. Beautiful writing Keith :)

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    1. That's much appreciated, thanks Dachlia

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  27. What a lovely piece of writing. I love the last line.

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    1. Clare, your comment is much appreciated, thank you.

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  28. This is pure poetry... love the sounds especially

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    1. Not my normal style so it was a bit of a gamble - I'm pleased it paid off! Cheers brudberg.

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  29. Really enjoyed this tale - found it atmospheric and magical.

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    1. I'm so pleased you liked it, thank you.

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  30. Great description of the animals of night and the atmosphere you create is masterful

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    1. Thanks so much for your generous words Michael.

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  31. This made me feel as though I was walking at night and observing those scenes, Keith. Great descriptions and mood. Good writing. :) --- Suzanne

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