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Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers ~ Writing challenge week 5. The goal is to write a story between 100-150 words (give or take 25 words) based on the provided photo.


Thank you to pixabay.com for their “free to use” photograph, for this week’s prompt


by John Yeo

On Koh Samui, an island soaked in tropical sunshine, stood the imposing Hotel Temple. The hotel in an ornate converted temple, has a five star rating, attracting many visitors.
Aran and his twin sister Isra were thirteen years old. Sold to the hotel owner by their parents, they were trapped, working twelve hours a day for a pittance, waiting on rich tourists.
A very famous European singer and his entourage of roadies and musicians checked-in, after performing in Bangkok. The singer ordered tea to be brought to his room and requested Isra to bring it personally. Aran was suspicious and waited outside, listening intently. When he heard his sisters piercing screams, thirteen year old Aran rushed into the room to find her struggling with the singer. Aran had a very sharp kitchen knife and went for the rapist who pushed Isra away. Aran grabbed her and they ran from the room. No charges were pressed, the singer was very famous. The hotel proprietor just shrugged, Aran and Isra were just replaceable slave labour after all.

(175 words)

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31 thoughts on “HOTEL TEMPLE

  1. Great story! Good thing Aran was there ‘just in case’. To think that things like this actually happened (slave labor) (and sadly, probably still do)! And of course, very sad that rape occurs for women and young children.

  2. You’ve definitely zoomed in on a world-wide problem, John. As you say, there are many children in this situation in some parts of the world. You’ve told the story well, too. I like the way you show Aran’s protective/brotherly instincts towards his sister.

  3. Hi John! I just wanted to stop by and tell you thank you for participating in these challenges. I sure hope you will continue – I really enjoy reading your stories. PJ

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