Solidarity – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Finally, he turns to me.

“…and I’m resting you again this week, Elizabeth.”

The girls around me, celebrating their selection, fall suddenly silent.

I shrug.


That doesn’t please him; I didn’t intend it should.  It’s a battle of wills.

And nothing to do with swimming.

When he leaves, the others crowd round me.

“Report him, Lizzie, we’ll back you.  You’re the best, we all know that.”

In my head, I hear my grandmother’s familiar drawl.

Fine words doth butter no parsnips, girl.

But at Saturday’s gala, lane 3 remains empty throughout the entire competition.

And the Team-Coach leaves on Monday.

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Click here to enter  And this photo, I think, represents Rochelle’s happy place, where she does a lot of her thinking.  Hope you’re enjoying your visit to Israel, Rochelle.  The Friday Fictioneers are looking forward to your safe return.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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69 Responses to Solidarity – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

  1. neilmacdon says:

    A terrible theme, sensitively handled, Sandra

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  2. Tannille says:

    Guessing the coach was a major creep?

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Anita says:

    Really unfortunate. Hope the team-coach was sacked.
    Such people are responsible for ruining the talent & careers of many…

    Just Keep Swimming – Anita

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  4. I liked how you left me wondering about the coach. Was he in some way jealous of her? Nicely done, Sandra.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  5. ceayr says:

    Layers of intrigue and sordid suggestion.
    I love how you never spell it out, yet leave no doubt.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Will the team coach leaving make things better for her? One suspects that in itself won’t heal all the wounds.

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  7. Colline says:

    Nice Sandra. I like how the girls banded together.

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  8. Dale says:

    Love how you tell the story without saying a word of the goings-on. Yet, we know exactly what went on. Love that the team stayed by her side!
    Well done, chère dame!

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  9. granonine says:

    He approached her sexually. She turned him down. He got even by “resting”her. Her silence was her best defense. She wins, he’s gone. Too bad, though, that he’ll still try to molest girls until someone forces him to stop.

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  10. Lots implied here. You do a great job of conveying the powerlessness of the situation, and the odious coach. Well done.

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  11. This is a really masterful story, Sandra. You’ve told an entire story in just the subtext of the actual events. This is one of your best, I think.

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  12. Less is more___that’s what your powerful story is all about. In so few words you’ve managed to convey an entire lifetime’s worth of information. Subtlety is what reigns all through your highly sensitive story, Sandra.

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  13. Great story, timely subject.

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  14. Sometimes a few words are more powerful than an entire essay. Lovely work Sandra.

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  15. You handled the subject matter deftly and with precision. Excellent work.

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  16. This is perfect handling of a case like this… I have been up close to cases like this… unfortunately it was the athletes fleeing and the coach remained with a constant influx of new adepts

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  17. Dear Sandra,

    How awful that this story is closer to fact than fiction. Well written and sensitively handled.

    Shalom from Jerusalem,


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  18. plaridel says:

    a difficult subject handled with subtlety. well done.

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  19. A timely tale in a handful of words. Brilliant.

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  20. Abhijit Ray says:

    Good that a bad human being left for good. Team will do better without him.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Violet Lentz says:

    Grandmother was oh so wise.. Brilliantly told, Sandra.

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  22. A good story well written, Sandra. I’m guessing there are too many of those creeps around who need sacking. 😦 — Suzanne

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  23. subroto says:

    So many stories in the news these days, of exploitative coaches and their young wards. Brilliantly told story Sandra.

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  24. I like what her grandmother said. Sounds like something my own granny would say. =) So glad she took her advice with the other girl’s backing and the coach being sacked. As others have said, the tragedy is that he will most likely do the same someplace else. Excellent writing as always!

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  25. draliman says:

    I was all set to comment “solidarity”, then I noticed it’s your title 🙂
    I’m glad the others backed her up. Quite a surprise (I’m a bit cynical…).

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  26. Another terrific story! You say a lot and so if you words. Well done!
    Cheers, Ronda

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  27. Liz Young says:

    The back story is only hinted at but still clear – genius!

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  28. James McEwan says:

    Stubborn attitudes never encourages the best out of anyone.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. 4963andypop says:

    Nice saying without saying. No doubt the coach deserved what he got.

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  30. Nothing worse that a monster who uses his power to prey on children.
    You’ve raised my hackles with this one!

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  31. Margaret says:

    I’m so curious to know more about why he did it – about the ‘battle of wills’ – even though there’s already so much in your story. Great character dynamics, and the ending’s perfect.

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  32. LucciaGray says:

    Tough topic to handle, especially in 100 words, and you did it brilliantly. Well done!
    I get the impression is gets sacked on Monday. I certainly hope she spoke up with the support of her team mates.

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  33. Sandra says:

    I think the action spoke louder than the words. Thanks for reading, glad you liked it.

    Liked by 1 person

  34. antonia_ says:

    Well written story. Thoroughly enjoyed reading


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