Friday Fictioneers: Windows






It was the windows overlooking the street for years. A view to the shoppers going by. To those rushing to college or work. To the homeless looking for a dollar for coffee. To the dog walkers. To the lovers walking hand in hand. To the parents wheeling their babies in prams. To those coming home drunk from a night on the town. To those lost in the wilderness of a drug addiction …


It was the windows which Perry was situated behind. His mouth gagged. Arm chained to a pipe.

Why am I here? How long have I been here?



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46 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: Windows

  1. Alice Audrey says:

    So many oblivious people. You can’t say help is just a pain of glass away.

  2. Nobbinmaug says:

    Ooh, that’s good. I love the build-up of the mundane to the horror.

  3. Leaves the reader questioning the reason why he’s chained. My curiosity is peaked.
    Isadora 😎

  4. Dale says:

    How awful to not know what is going on with you!

  5. Abhijit Ray says:

    Window to the world became a window of torment.

  6. Margaret says:

    What a terrifying scene. I like the repetition in the first part, and the shock reveal at the end.

  7. draliman says:

    Uh oh. I was about to say I used to enjoy a view like that back when I lived in Cobh – but I wasn’t chained to anything…
    It must be awful for Perry to be able to see normal life unfolding but be unable to be a part of it.

  8. neilmacdon says:

    I loved the description of what had been seen through the window

  9. I’m not oing o be able to look up at windows anymore. Nice scary piece.

  10. Nicely told, I like the contrast between the busy, homely, happy life in the street, and the confused poor person chained up inside. You leave us with a cliff hanger….why are they there ?

  11. Very chilling! Scary take on the photo prompt – and what an ending!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  12. You never know what’s going on behind windows!

  13. k rawson says:

    Oh wow. This is a confection of lyricism and tension. Love it!

  14. Dear Lisa,

    Disturbing piece. Nicely done.



  15. Sandra says:

    You can’t help worrying for him.

  16. magarisa says:

    What a shock at the end! A well-crafted tale.

  17. gahlearner says:

    ‘Normal’ life goes on and horrors happen just around the corner, or upstairs, behind that window. Great tale.

  18. Iain Kelly says:

    And none of those people glimpsing inside that could get him help! Great idea for a scene Lisa.

  19. Laurie Bell says:

    This is really well done. Such misery and loss to the drug. A life lost

  20. The misery of the lost and lonely and now he’s strapped to a chair unable to turn away. I have loads of questions which is a great way to leave the reader

  21. Tannille says:

    The house seems to have a personality of its own! People watching.

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