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Thanks for stopping by. I'm Jenny Gordon and I write fiction for adults, both old and young. You can find out more about me and my writing by clicking on the 'Quick Links' on the left. This journal is a space for my ponderings about writing and books. You can friend me, or just lurk if you prefer. Either way, I'd love to have your company and hear from you along the way.

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #48

Prompt: Fantasy Cafe

My fantasy cafe is a colourful, ramshackle affair, sprawling over several floors of an old mill building. Outside, the song of river and willows and birds. Inside, art for sale and selves of books to borrow while you eat homemade flapjacks to the accompaniment of folk singers in the corner.

(I've actually had more than on dream set in this cafe).

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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #47

Prompt: Surrender

'Put your weapon down. There is no escape.'

'In your dreams, darling. You know I have the higher moral ground.'

'Morals have nothing to do with affairs of chocolate and cream.'

Their forks clashed and tangled across the table.

'I don't care! I'll never surrender the last slice of cake.'



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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #46

Prompt: New Family

Will they recognise me? Surely they'll feel the same connection I did when I saw them from a-far. My new family isn't so new after all. The papers from the orphanage are signed and approved, but it makes little difference because in my heart, I know I am going home.

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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #45

Prompt: Instinct

Datura, hemlock or arsenic? Decision, decisions. In the end, there is only one choice: belladonna. Beautiful lady for a beautiful lady. Let's see what her precious instinct tells her about this final gift. Will she discern the secret in the cordial? Of course not. I always win in the end.

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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #44

Prompt: Chronicles

One by one, I tossed her diaries onto the fire and the chronicles of her life coughed flame and expired. Better there was no evidence left behind. Who knew what her juvenile scribblings; the lengthy ramblings of twenties and beyond; the neat, cyphered jottings of more recent years, might reveal?

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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #43

Prompt: Ocean

'You did say you wanted waves and an endless view,'

'What I had in mind was more along the lines of an ocean-side villa, not a penthouse suite.' She dropped onto the waterbed, which lurched beneath her, and added with a coy grin, 'I'll get my bikini on, shall I?'


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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #42

Prompt: Cake

'Gracious,' said Miss Pettigrew, plucking a tiny spinning-top from her slice of cake. 'That's hardly what one expects to find.'

More unexpected still was that when the top stopped spinning on the table, the Cheltenham tea-room had become an elephant-borne palanquin; the cake a melting mess in the tropical heat.


(Absolutely had to write one which included the word, "palanquin"!)

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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #41

Prompt: Troubled

'I can see you're troubled —' She frowned at the cards, willing them to speak. It made no sense. What were they trying to tell her?

'Not anymore,' said the man across the table. He reached out and smoothed the puzzlement from her face, then leaned forward to kiss her.


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The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #40

Prompt: Seasoned

'A lie seasoned with truth has extra piquancy, I always find.' She twirled her wine glass and regarded her companion with a smile.

'But to claim we know the secrets of both life and death? Darling, don't you think that a step too far?'

'Always, my dear dead sister. Always.'


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