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Friday Fictioneers – Portal

Word count:  100

100-Word Stories:  Friday Fictioneers

Photo Prompt:  © Marie Gail Stratford

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©Marie Gail Stratford

“What’s that, Daddy?”

Looking up from his computer, he replied, “That, my boy, is a special portal.”

“Portal to where?”

“Can’t tell you; way too dangerous!”

“Oh, please, Daddy, tell me.  I’m big enough. I’m not scared!”

“Maybe I should show you, instead of tell you.  Yes?”

“Yes! Yes! Please!!”

“Alrighty. C’mere and click the blue and white button.”

Jimmy put his little hand on the mouse. Looking up at his dad. he whispered, “Now?”


With a deep breath, Jimmy pressed the button and suddenly found himself wrapped up in a bear hug. Daddy always had time for him.


112 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Portal

      • I love it when stories and characters rewrite themselves. I may or may not have told you that Gittel was going to be a shrew who rubbed Arel in Havah’s face. But from the first sentence Gittel wrote herself in a totally different way.

  1. Big smile etched on my face 🙂 You did so well portraying that flicker of doubt that occurs in the mind of a small child — that moment of thinking “I love my dad and I don’t think he wouldn’t do anything to hurt me, but what if …?”.

  2. Looks like I am late to the party and it has all been said.
    This is wonderful, as good as anything I have seen from you, and not just because it is so feel good.
    It is a great piece of writing.

  3. It has all been said but I’ll repeat it — I thought you were going sci-fi too, but instead we learn this lucky little boy has a special portal to big daddy hugs! That’s the best kind of portal ever. Sweet idea, and well executed too!

  4. Hooray! It’s a happy ending and not a sad ending! There’s so often a dark twist at the end of 100 stories, I sometimes read them with a certain sense of dread. 🙂

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