The Squatter

Posted: September 27, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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Wednesday-Friday has rolled around again. This is my 100-word contribution. To have this make a complete circle you will first need to read No Other Love by Sandra Crook. If I were more computer savvy I could add her link here. Alas, I’m not. This will stand alone if you don’t read her story first. Thanks for reading.


Sally occupied the top floor of the empty building. She didn’t have much, didn’t need much. Times were hard. But when had they been easy?

Sally ripped seams of thrown-out clothes and hand-stitched the cloth into dresses. Pretty ones too. Veggies the grocer culled, looked perfect when peeled and pickled. And abandoned furniture appeared brand new after she applied a bright coat of found paint or hammered in a few well-placed nails.

Unobtrusive as a ghost Sally came and went – usually at night. Because of that, not a soul knew she was home when Chloe set the apartments on fire.


  1. neilmacdon says:

    I did read Sandra’s, so I know who Chloe is. I’m not sure, without that, you can add a new character in the last sentence. But together the two stories work really well

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  2. James says:

    Oh Chloe, how could you?

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  3. Dale says:

    That was a great link to Sandra’s story. Poor Sally…

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  4. Dear Lish,

    Nice dovetail off of Sandra’s story. I feel for Sally. Good one.



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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice tie-in – that could be a whole new writing group if we all try to tie our stories together!

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    • Thanks, Iain. I think Doug and maybe Russel used to tie into each other’s stories. I always found it quite clever. That would be a fun thing to do – maybe have someone write the first 100-words, the next one tie in another 100-words, following the thread. Glad you stopped by.

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  6. There will always be the first real victim for an arsonist… I recon this will make the options for Joe a bit fewer

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  7. Every action can have drastic consequences. Chloe missed that important life lesson.😞
    Well told. Hope she escaped.

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  8. draliman says:

    Poor girl. The building was not as deserted as Chloe thought.

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    • I heard an article on NPR the other day about people squatting in foreclosed houses. One guy reads about buildings that are going to be torn down, knows the permitting will take about a year, so he moves in and lives there until he sees the permit has gone through. Ta-da! Free housing. Thanks for reading about Sally.

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  9. Really great have a tie-in. Very chilling.


  10. Fluid Phrase says:

    Somehow your stories always leave me with an emotion. This one left me sad and surprised. The setting is great and just as we get invested in Sally, you break our heart….Beautiful.

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  11. granonine says:

    So first I read yours, and then I went back and found Sandra’s again, and now it’s all making sense. 🙂

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  12. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, that’s such a nice, compact life you’ve built for Sally there – a poor soul making very little harmful impact on the world, using what no one wants. A pro recycler! Then one thoughtless act … Very well set up and told, Alicia

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  13. plaridel says:

    how sad. she just turned somebody who was living like a ghost into a real one.

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  14. Jelli says:

    Very well written, Alicia. You’ve captured ‘squatting’ to a tee. 🙂

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    Splendid story, Alicia. You give a lively description of Sally. I hope she escaped.

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  16. They say there are no coincidences in life. So, one could argue that Sally wished it to happen unconsciously. As an end to her existence. Great tie-in with Sandra’s, but great by itself too.

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  17. Sadness tinges this story, despite the hope sandwich you have made. Great link to the other story.

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  18. Sandra says:

    Thanks for linking to my story, Alicia. Sorry to be late getting here, but things have been hectic the last few days. That’s quite an arresting concept isn’t it? The pyromaniac actually destroying another person in their quest to satisfy their needs. The way I read it, I automatically assumed that the victim was someone dear to Chloe, which now I see isn’t necessarily the case, but it makes you wonder how a pyromaniac would feel if an innocent human being died as a result of their actions. Is that, I wonder, any part of the urge? Anyway, lots to think about. Thank you.

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Omg that last line. Heartbreaking

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  20. Sarah Ann says:

    Sally was one resourceful woman so I’m hoping she had the nous to escape…. This is a great story and stands alone without reference to Sandra’s.

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