Hopeless/Friday Fictioneers

Carly couldn’t believe it had come to this. Her whole life, all she ever wanted was to feel like a part of something.

But she’d been a target ever since she could

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

remember. She recalled her first birthday party invitation. The popular party game Pin The Tail On The Donkey appeared fun and harmless until she found herself blindfolded and outside all alone, the door to the house locked, the giggling from inside tormenting her.

Unfortunately the bullying continued into her teen years. How much could one person take?

She looked down into the vast body of water.

And jumped.

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About Shirley McCann

Shirley McCann is a tea drinker and avid reader. She lives in Springfield, MO with her two children and five grandchildren.
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14 Responses to Hopeless/Friday Fictioneers

  1. neilmacdon says:

    It’s interesting how many people read sadness into this picture. Perhaps it’s the authorial suspicion that happiness doesn’t make such a good tale

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  2. Dale says:

    Oh, that is so not the way to go… l

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  3. Oh no! That’s so sad!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Tragic tale. I hope a passerby jumps in and saves her…


  5. granonine says:

    And the bullies won’t skip a beat. She was nothing to them. They’ll quickly find a new victim, perhaps someone who has always been part of their circle. This is unbearably sad. No one should be treated like that.


  6. msjadeli says:

    What a sad story. If only someone had noticed and intervened early on…

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  7. Not the ending I hoped for. A sorrowful story indeed.

    My story – ‘A stab in the dark’


  8. James McEwan says:

    Sad. If only she had the stength to seek help.


  9. Dear Shirley,

    Such a tragedy that’s sadly happening repeatedly. Well done.



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  10. A tragedy spawned so early on in life, as I imagine many are. Sad tale, well done


  11. Such a deep tragedy… bullying is terrible.


  12. Abhijit Ray says:

    Yes, bullying can leave a terrible scar on psyche. So sad that attempted to end her life than being bullied.


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