FFfAW Challenge-Week of December 13, 2016 – Dark and Dingy Folk


It was a dark and dingy street inhabited by dark and dingy people.

Each house held its own dark and dingy secret. Each dark and dingy person held their respective secret closely to their chest.

They knew what they had in common, they respected the secrets of the others, no one judged for fear they too be judged.

In daylight they went about their business, heads bowed, eyes cast upon the ground least they draw attention and no one wanted that.

It was a street in which the abused and the accused lived side by side. Trauma and dysfunction were bed fellows for at night from every second house there was the unmistakable sound of tears being shed.

Together they found solace, support and a place to belong. In a dark and dingy street among other dark and dingy folk.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/fffaw-challenge-week-of-december-13-2016/

This entry was posted in Uncategorized, Writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

16 Responses to FFfAW Challenge-Week of December 13, 2016 – Dark and Dingy Folk

  1. A poignant tale of how we form families and communities, how we try to comfort each other no matter the circumstances — well told tale in the spirit,

  2. Very powerful story, Michael, even as dark as it is. As I was reading it occurred to me that this is pretty much how dark and dingy people that live on dark and dingy streets, really live.

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Sounds like there’s a story in every dark and dingy house. Well written.

  4. I really like this.
    The realistic yet script like way it’s written is simply brilliant.

  5. Lori Carlson says:

    Fabulous story, Michael.. love the repetition, really solidifies the story 🙂

  6. mandibelle16 says:

    In truth, everyone has some kind of dark secret or something they’re not proud of. So it could be any neighbourhood. But everyone needs a place to fit in, no matter what they’ve done, interesting piece Michael.

Please feel free to comment, I appreciate your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s