I was visiting Bumba Stories today and saw a fantastic photo of a stone cottage set into the hillside. Piya Singh’s photo alone is worth a look – love the composition and the way the light and shadow play along the edges of the house. Anyway, it’s part of a weekly series called Friday Fictioneers. You can read the one over at Bumba Stories or more at Madison Woods’ blog. There’s a photo prompt and then the call for 100 word short stories. How cool is that?
It had been a long day hiking up one side of the valley and down the other following the trail under the unseasonably warm light of the springtime sun. She could see the gentle curve of the river ahead of her, hopeful for a place to rest and listen to the gurgling of water over rock. Further along and she could just make out a little stone cottage tucked into the hillside. When the cottage came into full view, she saw movement out of the corner of her eye. A double take and then surprise. She could have sworn that she had seen an old woman sitting at a spinning wheel in the shadowy light of the window. A third glance and the window was empty. Was she imagining things? Maybe it was just a trick of the light. The one thing she knew for certain was that she was going in for a closer look.