Dining Out – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

There’s gaiety on the streets tonight, but I’ve had my fill of that.

Earlier I trailed a couple to the park, and dined on love, lightly seasoned with lust.  Or was it the other way round?  My taste buds are not what they were.

There’s yearning over there, at the toy-shop window, but that’s not yet truly in season; much better at Christmas when disappointment enhances the dish to perfection.

Later, as a lone woman weaves homeward, a youth slips from a darkened doorway.

Fear it is then, with a side-order of terror.

A little darker than I’d fancied, but…

 

A little darker than I’d hoped for, but an alternative story that came to mind was darker still.  Must be the time of the year.  Thanks to Rochelle, our ever-present ray of sunshine for leading the Friday Fictioneers into the shorter days.

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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55 Responses to Dining Out – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

  1. ceayr says:

    Love the idea of feeding on other people’s emotions.
    And you do ‘a little darker’ as expertly as you do everything else.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    No reason to be prejudiced against dark. Another cracker of a story, Sandra

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  3. Dear Sandra,

    Nothing wrong with going to the dark side on occasion. Loved “love with a side of lust.” Well served.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    The darker side of people-watching. Perfect for the dark days ahead.

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  5. I diet of darkness. I felt I was watching her – but from a distance.

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  6. Tannille says:

    How dark can you go? 😀

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  7. bearmkwa says:

    Great POV here. Added a realm of scary to this. Loved it! ❤

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  8. michael1148humphris says:

    Dark and juicy, just the thing for Halloween

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  9. Whoa … and there are those things (some on human form) who feed on others’ feelings, especially sated by the darker ones … oy … and well done …

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    A metaphor for the writer’s life? Methinks your narrator goes rather far in his pursuit of the perfect blend of the emotions. Beautifully written (of course!)

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  11. M K Zebra says:

    I like the ambiguity, that this could be a paranormal being, or actually a just a person who gets a kick out of watching things they shouldn’t.

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  12. Nobbinmaug says:

    You have brilliantly crafted your “emotional vampire.” Be it supernatural or otherwise.

    I love this line: “My taste buds are not what they were.” In context, it’s perfect.

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    • Sandra says:

      Thank you! I did wonder about titling it emotional vampire, but when I googled the phrase I saw that such people generally try to create the situation that generates the emotions on which they feed, and I felt my ‘creature’ was essentially an observer, albeit a fairly unpleasant one at that. Thanks for reading.

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  13. Reminds me of the dementor…. feeding on the emotions of humans. I wonder if you would crave much more than the sweetness of lust.

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  14. granonine says:

    At first I pictured a vampire. Still not sure. But you truly dragged us into this wonderfully dark story 🙂

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  15. I recognize this award winning character of yours. He thrives on suicidal thoughts too?
    Tracey

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  16. nonnaci says:

    Some people have esp for emotions, even before they occur.
    Great take!

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  17. Pretty good picture of darkness that lurks just around the corner of light!

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  18. Dale says:

    Love when you go to the dark side like this. I also love the language and tempo you use.

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  19. Is this a cannibal take?! My god that’s dark! But I love it with a fine Chianti!!

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  20. draliman says:

    A dark people-watcher or a supernatural being dining on emotions… nice one!

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  21. maria says:

    Waiting for a sequel to this! 😀

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  22. Abhijit Ray says:

    Who are you? A stalker? A vampire?

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  23. Dark indeed! Well told.

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  24. Liz Young says:

    I guess feeding on emotions is better than more predatory action.

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  25. James McEwan says:

    I sensed a bit of a vigilante stalker in this – what was she up to with the couple in the park? Dark and humorous. Anything to break up the boredom.

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  26. dined on love, lightly seasoned with lust.What a line! Your gourmandish tastes in full glow, or shall we say a full course meal. Loved this spiced up dishy story, Sandra.

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  27. Certainly dark in keeping with the season and brilliantly crafted as always. Intriguing idea, an entity that feeds on the emotions of others. Well-done!

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  28. sampada says:

    Loved the play of words here Sandra. I left with an eerie feeling, mixed with awe.

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  29. mjlstories says:

    Very dark but with the aspect of potential sympathy for this being – he/she/it sounds weary of its lot. (Or is that me feeding on imagined emotions!!)
    Reminds me I have a moth-balled story of a jaded incubus (as you do) I really must finish one day!

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  30. Good writing as always, Sandra. Your character takes chances walking out at night to feed on other people’s feelings as one person was attacked. Well done. —- Suzanne

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