Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Friday Fictioneers

Hello? Is this thing on? Testing testing…. sorry, I’m just a little rusty, and I forget how this works. I look at the picture and write a hundred word story with a beginning, middle and end, right? And then I read other stories and critique, comment, and commend — do I have that right?

Did you miss me? Sorry I’ve been gone so long — I’ve been writing up a storm in other places, but I’ve missed this little exercise, and the community it holds.


copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Rose had been the quiet little mouse in school for the past three years. The boys never noticed her, and the girls did worse than torment her — they ignored her. She was persona non grata. So nobody saw it coming.

“We had no idea you could sing like that,” her classmates said afterward, all of them wanting to speak to her, touch her, steal some of her magic.

Everybody wants to rule the world, she had sung, standing on the stage for the talent show, but Rose didn’t want so much.  She just didn’t want to be invisible anymore.


36 responses to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I love this.. still I suffer with her, the world is full of followers just looking for leaders and idols.. but most people just want to live a life where they are not alone….for Rosa it seems she’s between a rock and a hard place.

  2. Welcome back, m’dear. Your story this week brings back a lot of memories from when I was a shy little girl attempting to sing a solo for an assembly in grade school. I’m afraid my voice didn’t “wow” my friends much though. They sat whispering and giggling throughout the performance and never said a word about it afterward. I was crushed.

    But . . . I did enjoy your story despite those unpleasant memories from childhood. Well-written indeed.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  3. Dear Helena, I missed you and went back several weeks through all the stories and looked under all the rocks an in the drawers and sent an APB out on you and NOW YOUR BACK! I’m so glad! Love your story and you are so good at it! Nan 🙂

  4. I saw one or two such blossomings in my years as a high school teacher. Always brought me undone. A good telling of the experience. I enjoyed reading.

  5. Dear Helena,

    Welcome back, darling! I have indeed missed you.

    I had to give Rose a standing ovation. Good for her. I hope that sudden fame won’t ruin her. Lovely writing and wonderful to have you back.



  6. I can imagine how many people feel like that. I love your observation that it’s sometimes worse to be ignored than tormented.
    Sounds like she has a real talent, and maybe she’ll soar (even if that’s not her plan) while the others fade into obscurity.

  7. Helena,
    yes, I did miss you. Good to see you back here. 🙂 It’s amazing how people’s opinion changes when they find out something about a person. Your story reminds me a bit of the Susan Boyle audition, where everyone is laughing at her…until she starts to sing.

  8. Good to see you back, Helena! Nice story. I have known many girls like that in my life who were quite nondescript and they could really belt out those notes. Wonderful!

  9. I missed you; glad you have been off writing other places.
    Now I am off to wonder where your songstress will go from here. Does she lap up the adulation or ignore the peasantry?
    I think I will decide tomorrow…

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