Cast a Long Shadow – Friday Fictioneers, November 2020


Copyright Sarah Potter


There were things we weren’t told.

The vendors… well you could perhaps understand their silence.  But even after we’d moved in, the neighbours said nothing.

I asked them why,  afterwards.

It was just rumour, no point alarming you… it surely couldn’t happen again.

It’s been a long three years, and our lives will never be the same again.

Still, the new owners seem a nice couple, capable, common-sense people.  We think they’ll enjoy living here.

There are things that probably should be said.

But it’s all in the past now.

And it’s not like they plan to have children anyway.


Big thanks this week not only to Rochelle for her continued leadership of Friday Fictioneers, but also to Dale Rogerson, my personal technology tutor, 🙂  who helped me restore the froggy link to my page.  All I have to do now is to remember the process – how hard can that be?   Click on the froggy to read the rest of this week’s stories. (Hopefully)

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 Cast a Long Shadow – Friday Fictioneers, November 2020

  1. neilmacdon says:

    The stories we tell ourselves. The rationalisations we create.Nicely done, Sandra

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Sinister stuff, what a brilliant story, totally open to interpretation I love it!!


  3. Dear Sandra,

    This one sent a chill down my spine. Perhaps someone should set a match to the place and be done with it. Well written. (of course)



    Liked by 1 person

  4. Tannille says:

    Intriguing. Makes me want to know more.


  5. Iain Kelly says:

    That’s a hell of a last line to hit us with. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. trishsplace says:

    Excellent. This could go anywhere!


  7. Anita says:

    Their child/children had met with a horrible fate there.
    Only kids got affected.
    Hope the new tenants are spared the misery.
    Wonderfully narrated.
    True that much is not told to us…


  8. Dale says:

    Oh my! I love the way you wrote this. Leaves us to imagine all sorts of things and, I’m not going to visit that place, not that I’d know anything, right? Not that they’d tell me, either.
    And Yay! Your frog works (I checked 😉 ) Glad I could help you. You were an excellent student.


  9. Such a chilling story, written in a beautifully matter-of-fact way!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  10. ceayr says:

    I need a new superlative.
    Even by your stratospherically high standards this is a nailer.
    And then you have that last line…

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  11. I’m always amazed at the drama and suspense you can create in so few words. Outstanding.


  12. jwdwrites says:

    I would love to hear those rumours, but of course there just isn’t time, and of course you aren’t going to say, are you? 🙂


  13. What happened there I can’t imagine, nor do I wish too. A dark tale indeed Sandra.


  14. pennygadd51 says:

    Whoa! What a last line! That’s a terrifically told story, Sandra. That you can get such a laconic rhythm to deliver such a knock-out punch is amazing!


  15. bearmkwa says:

    Ooooo, that was a scary one. 🙂 Fits the pic perfectly!


  16. Wow, this is scary! I wonder what happened?!?!?! Oooh, I hope it continues. Maybe it needs a Prologue!


  17. Michael Humphris says:

    Dauphne DuMauria has been one of my recent reads, and I think that she would approve,

    Liked by 1 person

  18. msjadeli says:

    I’m not sure what’s going on here and not sure I want to know. Nice atmospheric conjuring.


  19. mjlstories says:

    Beautifully understated. Loved it.


  20. draliman says:

    I was intrigued until the last line, then horrified. Nice one!


  21. plaridel says:

    there are things better unsaid. what you don’t know can’t hurt you.


  22. writelindy says:

    Great flash piece.


  23. granonine says:

    This is terrifying! And expertly done.


  24. James McEwan says:

    A sinister feeling hits you at the end of this story.


  25. A chill from the start, but that last line gave me the shivers. Superb!


  26. liz young says:

    What a clever story – nothing explained and we feel shivers.


  27. Nobbinmaug says:

    You definitely captured the mystique of the picture. Very mysterious.


  28. An ominous story Sandra. Really well written, reveals a bit, while creating an air of mystery.
    And how nice that you had Dale help you with your tech issue. What are friends for, right?


  29. Sounds like a bit of a sinister game of pass the parcel and bad fortune, but what options do those holding have to extricate themselves other then by duping someone else? We’d all have to do the same.


  30. Wonderfully sinister. Every line drips with dread.


  31. Well! I love that you don’t tell us exactly what happened. Our imaginations makes the worst of it.


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