Blissful Moments and Secret Places : Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is back. Only it’s not Friday. Oops. Maybe I forgot how to read a calendar. Nah, don’t think so. Could be that I figured this blog could use some attention. I’ve been so busy with the editing, writing and (most importantly) family, that I haven’t been around many of the social media sites lately. I know! Slap my hand. But I’m here now and I’m going to play. So plop your butt in the chair and get ready for my 100 word story. I apologize up front for those looking for a Happy Feel Good read, skip to the bottom. Not sure this first one is the one for you. Err, yeah. Anyway… read this at your own risk.


Copyright by Janet Webb

Disclosure: Contains emotionally dark content based on a true LGBT event

The Blissful Moment

Word Count: 100

So tired. Rest – yes, I’ll just rest a bit. The fence is good.

The slam of a car door interrupts the quiet. An engine revved, tires spinning in mud. And then they were gone.


Thirsty. A dry swallow. The taste of copper pennies.

Sleep coming. Darkness seeping into vision. The ache dulls.

Thankful. Forever thankful that God lifts the pain

Magic. Sunlight eclipses the moon, creating day. Welcoming breezes lift the once broken body, now healed and restored. Matthew meets a new life and walks in a world where there is no hate, and bullying is of no concern.


This short tale was my attempt to give sweet Matthew Shepard a bright ending. There is a light at the end of a dark and ugly end. And as tragic as his death was it woke people up and got the ball rolling on some very important issues. You can read about Matthew here and here. Stand up against all types of bullying. It’s never all right.

Many thanks this week to Janet Webb for providing the picture prompt. Friday Fictioneers is a regular event. It happens every Friday with the picture prompt being made available on the prior Wednesday. If you would like to jump on board the fiction wagon, you are more than welcome. Swagger on over to Rochelle’s blog and sign up. It’s that simple. If you enjoyed this read, you’ll find a good variety there; just take the tour. Click on the happy frog. He’ll thank you for it.

Just for fun, and because I was inspired late at night by the barn after reading a few stories in the newly published Five Minute Romances Anthology, I had to write this second piece. Fictioneers you don’t need to keep reading, you can stop with the first one if you like. I just felt the need to put this one into words.

Warning: May not be appropriate for younger eyes.

Secret Places

Word Count: 100

Jessie unfolded the note. Meet me at our secret place. Biting her lip, she stole a glance of her reflection in the mirror. Exhaling heavily, she ran her fingers through her hair and grabbed the lip gloss.

Running to old man Johnson’s barn, she thought of only him. His deep blue eyes, dark thick hair, and strong set jaw. Rounding the back corner she tingled with excitement at the sight of him.

Pulling her into his embrace, hands exploring, their lips met. Soft, then passionate, heated.

“I’ll show you my secret place,” she teased, hand tugging at his jeans button.


If you haven’t heard about the newly published LARA anthology, Five Minute Romances, I invite you to check it out. It’s the latest book put out by the Los Angeles Romance Authors of which I took part of. Yep, you heard right, one of my stories is in that fun little book. AND a story that is so deliciously bad it requires a warning. Does that make you want to read it now?

Tomorrow I am participating in a vlogoff. My very first vlog EVER! I’m sure I look/sound horrific! I know I talked far too long. Can you say “EDIT.” I would be tickled PINK if you would come by and vote for me. 😀 Hug!


Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate your support. Until next time, au revoir.



About Debra Kristi

Debra Kristi is a mother, an author, a Pinterest addict, and sometimes DIY home decorator. Hang with her to escape the everyday stress. Be sure to leave your mind open to the fantastical.
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59 Responses to Blissful Moments and Secret Places : Friday Fictioneers

  1. Well done, Debra. I enjoyed both stories. Beautiful writing!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Thank you, Amy. I look forward to reading yours. I got a wonderful chuckle out of last weeks. You must have had such fun with that. The picture was so intriguing, I so wanted to participate, but it just didn’t work out. I’m glad I got to enjoy your take though.

  2. Both were very well done. The second was a story in itself without preamble.

  3. Dear Debra,
    Your stories are well written. The first one’s disturbing as it should be. The second…well…some secrets are sweeter than others. 😉

    • Debra Kristi says:

      I agree, Rochelle, on both accounts. I almost dropped the first one to leave only light-hearted feeling to the blog today. Obviously I didn’t. Thank you for swinging by.

  4. Two lovely stories! And LOL at the day – hey, it’s not a bad thing to turn in an “assignment” early! 🙂 Congrats again on your story publication!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Ha! Thanks, Jennette. I was in a pickle. Had to get this out early, or end up with either two on Friday or no Flash Fiction – again. Hmm. Me, in a vlog. It’s scary.

  5. I like your play on words in the second story 🙂

  6. Emma says:

    I loved the teasing tone of the second one.

  7. JKBradley says:

    Thank you for sharing both of those.

  8. Naughty girl. Nice write.

  9. Lynn Kelley says:

    Wow! Way to go, Debra! Well done. The Blissful Moment is a moving and powerful piece. How cool that you did a blog. I’m looking forward to it!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Thank you, Lynn. It was scary creating my first vlog. Now that I have the hang of the program it will be easier. Maybe the next one will be more fun. We’ll see what topic they come up with. I was thinking total market when I chose my angle this time around. Nothing fun and zany like yours, I’m sorry to say.

  10. Lynn Kelley says:

    That s/b v-l-o-g. Stupid auto correct on my iPad mini!

  11. I love both stories and the fact that is was written in response to such a tragic event is wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll try to stop by with some encouragement tomorrow for the vlog thingey.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  12. deanabo says:

    Both tstories were terrific!

  13. You managed two wildly diverse stories this week!


  14. kz says:

    wonderful, both stories. the first one’s so powerful while the second one’s delightful. two very different tales and both very well-written. 🙂

  15. claudia says:

    Thanks for both stories. Interesting using the fence with MS story…a good thing you did. Thanks for link to romance story connection too. I just had a short romance published in another book…fun isn’t it!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      I’m not sure what it was about that picture that made me think of Matthew, or if I just had him on my mind already. Anyway, that’s where my thoughts wanted to go. You’re welcome for the link. There are some great reads in there. Super fun and exciting about your story/book. Did you post about it on your blog? If so, I’ll have to look for that.

  16. Lena Corazon says:

    I loved these both, Debra, and I love how different they both are. The first is incredibly moving. The Matthew Shepard murder happened when I was in junior high, and it was the first time I had ever been confronted with the hatred that stems from homophobia. For a sheltered Catholic girl, it was an eye-opening moment, and one that continues to haunt me.

    Thanks for sharing these with us!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Matthew’s case opens the eyes for a lot of people. It’s sad that it had to happen that way, but I’m thankful that eyes were opened. It just breaks my heart every time I think about it. Hatred is ignorant. Dressing it up in religion should be sacrilegious.

  17. Both of them are great! Glad you left off with the fun one though. 🙂

    Looking forward to your vlog…and thanks for reminding me that I should get something up on my blog. Been neglecting that as much as I have been sleep lately. 🙂

    • Debra Kristi says:

      You don’t normally get a traditional romance out of me, but can whip one up from time to time.
      Looking forward to see and hearing the real me? LOL. Yep. You’ll get bored of that after a minute and switch to something else. Hahaha! Talking about sleep, that’s what I should be doing right now. Hmmm.

  18. tedstrutz says:

    I was just reveling in the wonderful first story, and then you go ‘all romance novelist’ on me!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Did I surprise you? Going romance? ;D It was a fun change. It’s been a while since I’d written a “normal” romance scene, if you know what I mean. No supernatural involvement. I kind of dig it.

  19. yebuccaneer says:

    The 2nd story you really caught her mood in a very nice way, with her biting her finger etc…Jessie is a naughty, delightful tease..we all knew a Jessie in our young says, who was such fun!
    Am reading up on the first one. You handled it very delicately and justly, and raised a good point. Traumatic.

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Well, I haven’t had any one-on-one with a Jessie, myself. But I can say that there were a few that would frequent the watering hole where I used to bartend years ago. If a proposition came my way I would always respectfully declined. 😉
      Thank you for your fun and kind words on both pieces. Can I just say, I love having a pirate visit my blog?!

  20. Joe Owens says:

    Both stories are headliners. How nioce of you to share both. Good luck today with your video blog.

  21. Now that’s a diversity of themes: i read the first one and felt sad that such things happen to people, and then I read the second one and felt sad such things don’t happen to me. Both stories were very well done!

  22. I loved both stories, but that first one really tugged at my heartstrings. Beautiful ending.

  23. Hi Debra,
    Excellent writing. We really feel what your character is going through and can relate. Poetic writing. Ron

  24. Sandra says:

    I enjoyed both pieces Debra. Nicely contrasting pieces. Well done.

  25. moondustwriter says:

    Thoughtful piece about bullying; we are not as aware of the ramifications as we should
    and your second delightful and passionate

  26. First of all, I loved both your stories. Secondly, congrats on getting a story in the romance anthology. I’ll admit your teaser mad me curious 🙂

  27. 40again says:

    I enjoyed reading both Debra, such a contrast.Well done

  28. annisik51 says:

    I applaud you for using your talent as an artist to speak out agains the evils in our society.I also applaud you for speaking out for blissful moments! I like the contrast between the two different ‘acts’ carried out in the same place. That’s about choices: we CHOOSE between love and hate. Speech over! Ann

  29. re: Blissful Moments:
    We’ve been celebrating Black History Month at the nursing home. A local gentleman came to speak with us this week. Eugene Williams is 85 years old and helped changed our community. He attempted to enroll his daughter in the all white elementary school every year, taking his case to the Virginia courts until four years of appeals later, she was admitted. He founded Dogwood Housing, increasing housing opportunities for low income residents. He told us during his visit that continuing conversation is necessary. We still have a long way to go. We have a long way to go in our conversations regarding all forms of hate in our society. Thank you for keeping the conversation going in your piece here.

  30. 2 wonderful stories. And stories of bullying always makes me cold inside, partly because I’m afraid I would be a passive onlooker… A coward inside that would try to avoid such things, I had never hears the story before… We have our own stories here in Sweden.

  31. abraham says:

    First story is disturbing, as is the real story behind it.
    Both were well written (of course we read both 🙂 )

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