Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time is a little diner on the corner of 5th and Broadway, right across from my dismal room at the boarding house. Sometimes I go there and have coffee, or something to eat, just to be around people and the busyness of their lives. When I am not at the diner, I am standing at my window wishing I was. Once upon a time I hitchhiked the famous Route 66. Once upon a time it brought me here. Once upon a time I had someone in my life. Once Upon a Time is my kind of place.

100 Words

copyright: Jean L. Hays

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56 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time

  1. It is so hard to write a story in just 100 words, but this is brilliant! It is almost like poetry what with the repetition.

  2. Dear PJ,

    I like the way you used the repetition of Once Upon a Time in the conclusion of your story. It added to the tale and to the voice of the narrator.



  3. I really liked the repetition of “once upon a time.” It pulls the reader along, and shows us the irony, without spelling it out. The melancholy longing comes through, in those 4 words, played over and over.

    • Thank you Sandra. I really appreciate you reading and commenting. In fact, I am honored. I can only improve with great writers like yourself, giving me feedback. ((Hugs!)) BTW, your story was wonderful!!

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