The Weeping of Fire Hydrants

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly challenge to flash ficiton writers. The idea: in 100-words, tell a story inspired by the picture.

copyright renee heath

copyright renee heath

The Weeping of Fire Hydrants (100 words)

Like the boy — awed, awkward, immobilized by the unexpectedness of sudden beauty — the fire hydrant watched the girl. The WALK sign was lit, but the boy made no move. Neither did the fire hydrant, but for different reasons.

The girl’s short skirt — her cheerleader skirt, prom skirt, Ice Capades skirt, Nutcracker skirt — flared about her bare thighs as she leaped from the curb. The boy watched, his mouth agape, his arms slack at his side.

The girl spun in the sunlight like a dewdrop sparking upon a web.

The fire hydrant wanted to dance. But, at best, it could only weep.

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13 Responses to The Weeping of Fire Hydrants

  1. helenmidgley says:

    A flashy bit of humour, well done 🙂

  2. glossarch says:

    Really cool story. I like the unexpected perspective and the clear description.

  3. pattisj says:

    Liked the humor–“but for different reasons.” Great description of the girl, “spun in the sunlight…”
    Nicely done.

  4. neenslewy says:

    Aw great point of view – personifying the inanimate object! Loved your descriptive sentences – especially the one where you covered all possible thoughts about the skirt – and this line
    Like the boy — awed, awkward, immobilized by the unexpectedness of sudden beauty
    Enjoyable read.

  5. Even fire hydrants have feelings.. Well written!

  6. yarnspinnerr says:

    i find this very kool. Always wonder what the inanimate think (?) of our antics.

  7. Joe Owens says:

    The beauty is more than he can process.

  8. Oh it can’r be easy to be a fire hydrant.

  9. summerstommy2 says:

    The problem in personifying the hydrant is the lack of adjectives you can apply but I applaud your effort.

  10. Dear C. Patrick,

    I feel the hydrant’s pain.



  11. After fire hydrants weep – do they get de-hydranted?

  12. That’s good. Poor hydrant. This really works for me.

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