Friday Fictioneers- Shower Power

PHOTO PROMPT © Anne Higa  

There’d been a BIG problem with frequent flooding near the end platform of the subway.
The maintenance team finally busted down a wall, where the water was heavily seeping in, finding a one story shaft to an alleyway above.
Inside the shaft were soaps, shampoos, and neatly folded towels in a bucket connected to a pully.
The water spilled freely, with every rainstorm, from a cleverly constructed pipe leading from a building’s gutter system
A wooden fire escape ladder stood in the alley next to a sign:
Homeless Shower
Drop Ladder
NO singing unless the trains are running!

(100 words)
15 April 2021 | Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

29 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers- Shower Power

  1. Iain Kelly 04/16/2021 / 4:23 am

    This made me laugh – while at the same time having a certain sadness to it as well. Great idea from the prompt.

  2. Mason Bushell 04/16/2021 / 11:13 am

    What a clever take on the post. Love it, well done.

  3. Bear 04/16/2021 / 3:47 pm

    We used to do that under the downspouting in the hottest part of summer. Surprisingly, the water was warm. We also just played and splashed. Oh, what fun that was. Of course, that was before video games and such… back when kids honestly played outdoors.

  4. msjadeli 04/17/2021 / 11:56 am

    Such a creative imagining for the pic. I’m glad the homeless have (or had, will probably be dismantled now 😦 ) a way to stay clean.

      • msjadeli 04/17/2021 / 12:45 pm

        You’re welcome.

  5. jenne49 04/17/2021 / 4:24 pm

    What a clever and innovative take on the prompt.
    And heart-warming that someone was thinking of those who have no shelter or running water.
    A great story.

  6. Nobbinmaug 04/17/2021 / 5:00 pm

    On some level, that seems like a good idea. On another, it seems degrading. We definitely need to do more for the homeless.

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/17/2021 / 5:02 pm

      I found so much water spilling a shame to waste. Some of the tales explain it is recycled. That was good.
      The homeless seem a secondary concern these day, at least by the media. 😉

  7. Brenda's Thoughts 04/17/2021 / 9:00 pm

    What a very imaginative and clever story, Susan! It’s heartwarming someone created a space for the homeless to bathe but sad at the same time. So well done!

  8. rochellewisoff 04/18/2021 / 8:47 am

    Dear Susan,

    Funny, I chose the photo and didn’t realize until the stories started coming in that there was a water spout. Tunnel vision. 😉 Love your story. Very sweet and the last line had me laughing out loud. Brilliant.



    • Susan St.Pierre 04/18/2021 / 9:35 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Isn’t it amazing what we see? As I read the others, they made reference to the lights that I hadn’t noticed. The best part of photo prompts are the diverse readings. Proof we can all bring insight and not be ‘wrong’.

      Thank you!

  9. Dale 04/18/2021 / 11:08 am

    What a wonderful take on the prompt! Wouldn’t it be grand if that were so?

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/18/2021 / 11:35 am

      Feeling clean is something we take for granted and SO important to our feelings of well-being. I’d love to see that. Thanks!

      • Dale 04/18/2021 / 11:44 am

        So true!

  10. earthskyair 04/18/2021 / 5:31 pm

    An ingenious response to the prompt! Nice!

  11. granonine 04/19/2021 / 9:29 am

    A novel idea for the prompt. I’m wondering who the kind soul is who provides those towels and toiletries. Whoever it is deserves some recognition 🙂

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/19/2021 / 9:49 am

      Thank-you. I’m sure they’re filled with enough humility and grace that recognition wouldn’t matter. 😉

  12. Inside the Mind of Isadora 04/19/2021 / 9:37 am

    I was left with a smile for the care of the people but a sorrow for those who are homeless. A truly interesting way to approach the prompt, Susan. I’m always amazed at how many different stories can come from the photo prompts.
    Be Safe … 😷 🙏🏻 😊 Isadora 😎

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/19/2021 / 9:47 am

      Thanks, Isadora. It is amazing how varied are the stories from a single prompt. It shows how diverse human beings are as individuals. Can’t imagine why the political people don’t understand that? Cheers.

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