Someone Else’s Dream – Friday Fictioneers, March 2020

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It occurs to her that since he brought her here, there has never been a day without mist shrouding the boundary fence.

How strange; when he talks about the view – the rolling fields, the distant spires.

Every morning he leaves the house, disappears into the mist and takes the motorway south to the sun, re-emerging revitalised at dusk.

Today she ventures out of the garden. The other side of the fence, right around the house, the ground sheers away into an abyss.

She returns indoors, sits at her typewriter.

Slowly, she begins to construct a fragile bridge to the outside world.

Since arriving home from Spain a week ago, life has been a whirl of catching up, re-stocking (or attempting to) and planning how to cope with the situation.  I’m so grateful to be back home, and I’m fortunate that social isolation is no big deal for me.   I’ll try to be more inventive next week, but this week it’s a retread, appropriate for our time,  from five years back.  Thanks to Rochelle for bringing Friday Fictioneers together from all over the world.  Stay safe, stay home, keep well – wherever you may be.

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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72 Responses to Someone Else’s Dream – Friday Fictioneers, March 2020

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Mysterious and magical. Beautifully constructed, Sandra

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  2. ceayr says:

    What he said!
    Elegant and enchanting.

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  3. A fragile bridge indeed, but a great story.

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  4. Tannille says:

    Love the last line…
    Self-isolation is great, I enjoy it… except now it’s not my choice and want to go out, yet I bet I don’t. Thanks brain! Hope you have enough to get by.

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  5. Dear Sandra,

    I’m glad you’re back safe and sound. I can’t say I remember this piece. She sounds like a recluse–a writer. As always well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  6. Anita says:

    Take care, Sandra.
    Spain is seriously affected. Your words have hope. May the bridge with outside world be restored.
    We are all on the same boat.
    My country is under 21 days lockdown.

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  7. The ground sheering away into an abyss led me to suspect a tragic ending. Instead it offers a glimmer of hope – Lovely!

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  8. This reminds me of Virginia Woolf (though she wrote longhand) in its quiet despair. My own writing has fallen by the wayside amidst the unspooling tragedy, though I am still far removed from its epicenter. Our human connections are both frail and robust, so I am working to keep them strong. Glad to read your story. Hope amidst the uncertainty.

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  9. Lynn Love says:

    I actually love the first line – that hint of being held captive, both by the man who brought her here and somehow too by the all encircling mist. And then he leaves her in the house alone, there’s the fence and the abyss… She might be physically captured but she can roam through her writing. Just wonderfully written.
    So glad you’re home safe and well. We have temperatures, sore throats, aches but nothing worrying as yet. Stay well

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  10. Wonderful story, Sandra. So evocative!
    I returned home from Spain a few days ago too. We had a real struggle with Brittany Ferries who had cancelled our reservation. They blithely offered a refund. We didn’t want a refund, we wanted to go home! Absolute nightmare.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • Sandra says:

      We had a much more positive experience with Brittany Ferries, Susan. They quarantined us in our cabins but brought food to the door. I still remember the feeling of those last few days as ferries were cancelled and borders closed, seeming to cut off every avenue back home. It was truly a nightmare.

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  11. Iain Kelly says:

    Glad you made it back safe Sandra. Your story evokes the rather eerie quietness that has spread around our town now – I am (for the moment) one of the few who leaves in the morning and returns in the evening!

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  12. granonine says:

    I don’t think I was part of FF five years ago, so this was NOT a re-tread for me:) Most appropriate, as you say, for the times.

    I don’t mind staying home at all. At 72, I find myself quite content with things in my life. However, I do wonder about that abyss; where he goes, what he does. Kinda creepy 🙂

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  13. 4963andypop says:

    I want to say the abyss, sloping down from her precipitous perch, is imaginary, or of her own making, her isolation, self-imposed. Her husband wants to be of this world, which suits her purposes, but she has chosen to self-isolate, as they say, so clinically, these days. A writer, indeed. Be well!

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  14. Nobbinmaug says:

    I love this line, “Slowly, she begins to construct a fragile bridge to the outside world.”

    Even at five-years-old, this fits into our current world. For many of us, as writers, that’s life. No pandemic required.

    I’m glad you made it home safely. Good luck restocking. My house is full of mismatched, whatever was on the shelf, food and other supplies.

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    • Sandra says:

      Thankfully I had a freezer full of stuff. Now I’m looking forward to finding out what really is at the bottom of the freezer. A voyage of discovery in an otherwise stationary world.

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  15. Sue says:

    Glad you’re back safe and sound, Sandra

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  16. Maybe the best writers are the creators of that bridge… to reach through the fog and finding the world

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  17. msjadeli says:

    One of them is out of touch, but I’m not sure which one it is. Welcome back to the USA.

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  18. Dale says:

    First of all, glad you are home, safe and sound.
    As for this wonderful piece, you do know how to weave a story, Sandra.
    Beautifully done.

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  19. Welcome home! Did you have a premonition five years ago? A perfect tale for today. As for me, apart from missing out on visits to my local, nothing much has changed – and hopefully won’t.

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  20. Mike says:

    Glad you are home, isolation can be so hard for some. Now more than ever we need to write, phone and send letters.

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  21. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve constructed this really cleverly, piquing our curiosity about whether her isolation is physical or psychological. The second paragraph does that particularly powerfully. It’s a wonderful metaphor for someone who has been isolated finding a way of breaking free from the controlling behaviour.

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    • Sandra says:

      Thanks for reading Penny. I couldn’t make my mind up whether the barrier was in her own mind or some kind of twilight zone reality. So I left it ambiguous. Stay safe!

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  22. Liz Young says:

    I like the thought of writing a bridge. Welcome back from Spain – my stepdaughter and her husband only just made it home too.

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  23. draliman says:

    Oh boy, a bit creepy. Looks like she’s stuck there.

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  24. plaridel says:

    i wonder when he’d ask her to join him for the ride. 🙂

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  25. mjlstories says:

    Spooky and atmospheric! Enjoyed this.

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  26. Nicely told with a great sense of sadness, Sandra

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  27. susanmehr says:

    Fragile bridge, sad times.

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  28. A brilliant and magical story. I enjoyed it very much. You have a gift!!

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  29. Russell says:

    Really liked the mood in this!

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  30. Indira says:

    Wonderful story, Sandra. I loved the ending.

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  31. subroto says:

    Glad you’re back safe and sound. I thought I remembered this story, still worth a retread.

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  32. Keigh Ahr says:

    I was drawn in by the atmosphere and the tension between the two characters

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