Facing Fears

Thank you to everyone for joining in this week (28/07/17), and reading / liking / commenting on each other’s stories. You don’t have to be a Friday Fictioneer to read/like/comment on the stories on offer so please don’t be shy, there is a mix of styles and storylines all inspired by the same photo. This week provided by © J Hardy Carroll.

Thanks, as ever, to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers.

The following one hundred word flash fiction is my first story based around this week’s photo prompt. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed reading yours.



Kelvin M. Knight

Peter’s guts tangled with the cord. The way telephones killed conversations he found unacceptable. Being put on hold was worse than talking to a computer operator. And as for call centres…

It was Nan’s fault for calling nonstop during his childhood to check if Mum had called her. It was Mum’s fault for inserting a finger lock in the dial. It was his father’s fault for punishing him that one time he reversed the charges.

As Peter reached for the handset, these emotional triggers buzzed. Headset on, his mentor smiled and mouthed, Go on…

‘Hello, Samaritans, how may I help?’

(100 words)


50 thoughts on “Facing Fears

  1. Wow, what a wonderful, informative story, thank you Kelvin. Short story with already much information in. And comments with a galaxy of informations…well, didn´t understand all, but enoght for first stimulations…you are a very smart writer!

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  2. Thanks Christine. Interesting take on my Samaritans story. Yes spurned is incorrect. Thanks for telling me. That’s twice I’ve used it (cut and paste from a previous post). Can’t blame spell checker, though, that was just me. Changed it to inspiration, which seems less ominous.

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  3. This story’s cute: in therapy to learn how to use the phone.
    Next therapy session: how to get over blaming everyone else for your unwillingness. 😉
    As for Spell Check corrections, did yours replace “spawned” with “spurned” — as in “all spurned from the same photo.”

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    1. Dear Rochelle.

      Thanks for feeling Peter’s pain.

      Call centres are tough places; however, Peter is not working in a call centre he is training to be a Samaritan; a British organisation to provide telephone support to people in emotional distress who can call them 24-7.



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      1. Exactly, Rochelle. The tagline on the Samaritans website that piqued my interest and fuelled this story was this question:
        Did you know Samaritans’ staff training provides employees with self-awareness and skills to strengthen their personal resilience?

        I have also taken the liberty of posting a revised version of my Great Barrier Reef Pegman story. Not that I am fishing for comments. Just thank you for yours!

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