Published July 12, 2012 by rochellewisoff

It’s my favorite time of the week! Not only do I get to meet the challenge of writing a 100 word story to go with the photo prompt from Madison Woods, I’m privileged to enjoy stories written by other Friday Fictioneers as well.

Somewhere in the vicinity of the girl’s restroom a fire fighter found a melted disposable lighter but couldn’t say for sure it was the cause. By the time he found it flames had already licked, hissed and reduced the school to a charred heap.

Stunned faces, like gray balloons, floated single file through choking billows. Only one teacher perished. A hero.

“Tell that to his wife and baby son.” Angela’s cheeks blazed.

The next morning she watched a buzzard spread his wings on an incinerated branch. Nothing left to scavenge; he soared into the grief-stricken sky.

Angela never smoked again.

34 comments on “ARSON

  • Hello Rochelle,You commented on Madison's blog about having some difficulty in deleting your first entry on the InLinkz list.You should see a red x on the right side of your name at both 23 and 25.Click on the x by 23. It'll delete that entry.Cheers!


  • Good story, Rochelle. Arson, or even just an accidental incident causing a fire like that would be devastating enough. All the wildfires here in Co. have been so thoroughly investigated for those possibilities, and some in the past have been found to be either an arson case or incident involving carelessness, such as a careless camper.


  • You hit a nerve Rochelle. Considering the current events and devastating wildfires lately, this touches too close to the truth. Good work. Thanks for visiting and commenting on mine.


  • I'm disinclined to believe Angela was the one who did it. But maybe her comment about his family was a diversion tactic in the face of guilt. I liked how the buzzard was a symbol and not the focus.


  • Dear Rochelle,You're going to have to change you blog/bio intro now! Ha! Congratulations again.The last line of your story so excellently tied things up that I read the whole story again just to experience the ride. Grim, sad, poignant and so, so true to your characters. Great job.Thank you for visiting Roadkill and commenting so nicely. My link below is for others still smoking.Aloha,Doug


  • I liked how this one snuck up on me. I wasn't expecting the last line, and it made me go back and re-evaluate the narrator's role in the fire. Great piece!cheers,


  • Congratulations on the book, Rochelle. That's a huge accomplishment and I'm very happy for you!Now, back to the story. The title, "Arson" would imply that the fire was intentional. The last line leads me to believe that she is sorry for the consequences of her actions. Quite a compelling little tale.Thanks for the nice comment on mine. Here's the link for other buzzard lovers.


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