Friday Fictioneers: 4th February

Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the Friday Fictioneers photo challenge.
PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda
In the beginning, the new high rise blocks had been a godsend to those on low incomes.
Now many were trapped in a property they could no longer afford but were unable to sell after new legislation meant apartments higher than five storeys could not be bought on finance.
Who, other than the wealthy, had vast cash sums available, and why should they buy an apartment when they could afford property with land and a garden.
Enter new landlords charging the earth in rent.
Now, few were occupied, and one tower block was awaiting demolition.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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33 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: 4th February

  1. Carol anne says:

    awesome take on the photo di! ❤

  2. neilmacdon says:

    Sadly, there’s a terrible and familiar logic to this

  3. murisopsis says:

    Sounds too real to be fiction – which slides this one into the horror genre!

  4. Sadje says:

    Good take Di.

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Life daft circle.

  6. Bill says:

    Such a glum reality. Nicely done.

  7. James McEwan says:

    Yep, packed in living is not for me.

  8. GHLearner says:

    Very very sad. And there seems no way out.

  9. GrenfellTower came to mind as soon as I started reading your piece. Like many things in life, they seemed a good idea at the time.

  10. michael1148humphris says:

    A story that made me think. I have just returned from a dark damp forest, no shelter anywhere. I had been contemplating how people survived in such situations. High rise blocks often remind me of cold winter forests

    • Interesting thought Michael. When there are so many tower blocks in one area, you can indeed liken them to a forest. At least in the woods you have birdsong and natural beauty.

  11. Margaret says:

    Such cruel legislation. A sad story.

  12. Dale says:

    This is unfortunately not far from reality for too many. Well done, Di.

  13. What a sad tale, but, unfortunately, it’s often the way these things go. Still sad. Nicely written!

  14. jillyfunnell says:

    This is one of life’s real horror stories. Well told.

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