The After Hours – Friday Fictioneers

Union Station in Washington D.C. © Dawn M. Miller

Union Station in Washington D.C. © Dawn M. Miller

Wednesday, in the midst of a workday, yet it seems like the after hours. The dust begins to settle reverberating in the emptiness of the station.

Tickets withheld in the absence of people not rushing to get somewhere. The jewelry counter, immaculate, displays bracelets and necklaces, but there are no eyes lingering to take in their gleam.

The day has stopped.

Drawn away, bodies stand still and hearts soar as minds painfully present themselves before a voice calling for freedom. Souls stir deep inside by a message of hope and love for living in the after hours of a dream.


Copyright © 2013 Shainbird. All rights reserved.

Note: This is for Friday Fictioneers graciously hosted by Rochelle, in exactly 100 words, write a story about the selected photograph. Please check out submissions by Fellow-Fictioneers by clicking on the frog.


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30 Responses to The After Hours – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Oloriel says:

    I liked it, the ending you gave it was a perfect, emotional wrapper for the whole story and scene.

  2. Love the tone of this. Almost magical, yet so real.

  3. Bastet says:

    A daydream, very beautiful and magical, your porse very poetic…I loved it.

  4. Although I’m not quite sure what’s happening, it has a haunting poetic quality. Either life has stopped for a moment so all can appreciate deeper meanings or we are indeed within someone’s dream or ???

    • Shainbird says:

      Actually Perry, with surrounding events and the fact this photo is the D.C. station, my mind drifted to what D.C. would have been like while Marlin Luther King Jr. addressed so many in tense times. Thanks for reading!

  5. Tom Poet says:

    Perfect for today. I love this, very poetic. Simple in wording, rhythmic, magical and pleasant to the ear. This flows with ease and grace.


  6. kz says:

    wonderfully written. the tone is lovely 🙂

  7. summerstommy2 says:

    Nicely done. Some lovely imagery.

  8. We’re talking about Martin Luthor King’s speech day, aren’t we? And I think it is beautiful!

  9. Dear Shainbird,

    Beautiful words and in light of Lindaura’s comment, it makes sense. I have to admit that I got lost in the midst of the descriptions for want of a story.



  10. Great tribute to MLK and very timely and topical. Excellent idea! Ron

  11. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Shainbird,

    This was a mystery to me until I fugured out (with the help of others) the context. Then it became beautiful.



  12. vbholmes says:

    Unique and interesting tribute to MLK.

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