Home » Flash fiction » FRYING-PAN INTO FIRE


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers-

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a new weekly fiction writing challenge. The goal is to write a story between 100-150 words (give or take 25 words) based on the provided photo.


by John Yeo


Image by Dawn M. Miller

We were desperately searching for somewhere to live, Mary was expecting our first child in three months. Our landlord rented our flat furnished, no children allowed. We searched the small ads everywhere and tried many agencies without results, they all wanted a massive payment up front, it looked as if homelessness beckoned.
I noticed a newspaper advert for a bookshop manager with accommodation provided. This is not my normal profession, I trained as a research scientist. I applied for the job where I met the adorable Tom and Barbara, both octogenarians headed for retirement. I was hired on the spot and after the interview Tom and Barbara became fast friends. We moved into a lovely spacious flat with furniture donated and provided by friends.
Then we learned about the gruesome twosome next door, Rock and Roll ravers and rebels who ran a drugs cafe, open 24 hours a day.

(149 Words)

Copyright © Witten by John Yeo~ All rights reserved

This is in response to a challenge hosted by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. If you would like to participate in this challenge or need more information, please click the following link:


11 thoughts on “FRYING-PAN INTO FIRE

  1. Oh no! It would have been such a perfect situation for him and Mary if not for the neighbors! I enjoyed your story and I hope he and Mary can somehow get rid of their neighbors (like having them put in prison) lol. Thank you for participating and I hope you continue. 🙂

  2. Hence the title to your story John. It was all looking so good wasn’t it, then again if its that good it can’t all be that good……hopefully they develop a taste for rock and roll and maybe a small recreational drug habit???

  3. I really like how this started out, I knew what the story was about. I think with so few words its hard to hook right away. The flow of the story was really good. And you had a nice range of descriptive words that really gave me a lot to go off of in so little words. I would’ve liked to be eased into the twist at the end a little smoother. Great job!

Leave a Reply

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 )

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