Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Author

Fiction & Non-Fiction Rooted in Personal Story

#FridayFictioneers: The Dare

Although I lost most of the short fiction that I’ve posted in the past due to tech goblins, those who have been book buddies with me for a while know that I love flash fiction.

That said, this new experiment with micro-fiction has really challenged me. I’m in love! This week’s practice is no different. I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve shared the previous two #FridayFictioneers entries on, but this week I decided to share it where the rest of my writing lives. I’m not sure where I’ll end up finding the right groove (maybe alternating?) because both sites are two parts of my heart. If you’d like to read them, you can find them here: Runaway and Morning Breather – which features Arty from The Widow Teal!

I’m back to work on The Widow Teal Parts 2 and 3! Make sure you sign up to receive updates on my progress and to be among the first to read it when it’s published later this spring.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting #FridayFictioneers on her blog, Addicted to Purple. Please visit this week’s post to find more wonderful fiction to read for free! All entries are original, inspired by the selected photograph, and only 100 words from beginning to end.

Thanks to Jellico’s Stationhouse for supplying this week’s photo prompt.


#FridayFictioneers for 7 April 2017

Photo Credit: Jellico’s Station

Interested in writing? Join us! Everyone is wildly supportive and kind, and it is a fun writing practice that isn’t as heavy as writing on a deadline. Do it. You’ll like it.


The Dare [100 words]
by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

“Touch it! I dare you.”

I stood back, staring at the bicycle laying in the grass. The moonlight glinted off the curving silver lines of the machine making it seem electrified.

“I shouldn’t,” I whispered. “I don’t know who’s it is.”

“Chicken,” said Jessie before she reached out to ring the handlebar bell. She was always the brave one.

A boy came running down the porch steps, losing his balance on the last and tumbling into Jessie as she disappeared into thin air. I followed immediately behind her.

She was right. I’m too chicken to be alone with the living.


The Dare #FridayFictioneers

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About Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

Author Stephanie Pitcher Fishman writes fiction and nonfiction rooted in personal stories. Whether it's her best-selling historical fiction novel, Finding Eliza, about the effects of hidden secrets in a family tree or the stories of her own battle with chronic illness, she loves to share stories of real emotions with others. She also thinks that Joss Whedon can strike creative lightning at will.

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  • Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

    Dear Stephanie,

    That was a different spin on a dare. Left me saying, “ooooooh. Well done.



    • Thanks, Rochelle! The bike shadow looked very ghostly to me, so I was hoping that I could pull off a twist. It’s hard in such a small package. Thanks for challenging me!