Anna’s Escape

Posted: November 1, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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Photo Prompt Sarah Ann Hall

How Sasha loved his women, lined up before him nervously waiting to be led to the ball like splendid mares from a stable.
He alone had chosen their gowns, for he knew what was best for each.
Cerulean-blue for green-eyed Tatiana, moss-green for blonde-haired Marie.
But where was his prize? His Anna? His pride?
Inside a flurry of robes; with a curse and a promise, Sasha burst into her rooms.
A quarter of a mile away, barefooted Anna, dressed in a simple grey shift and rough woolen cape, heard the shot that killed her guard.


  1. neilmacdon says:

    Creepy atmosphere! I’m not quite sure what happened at the end. Did he kill himself? Or did somebody else shoot him?

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  2. Run! I really like how you’ve taken the picture and gone somewhere completely different with it.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    I hope she makes it – clever use of the prompt, well done.

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  4. James says:

    Must have been a very loyal guard to die covering her escape.

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  5. rgayer55 says:

    How many rooms did she have? Nice opening scene. This could play out for quite a while.

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  6. trentpmcd says:

    Great use of the prompt.

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  7. bbryanthomas says:

    caught in the act

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  8. Varad says:

    Nice one, Alicia. With all the Russian names in the story, I just hope Anna finds some footwear pronto.

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  9. Jelli says:


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  10. Ouch.. .that’s a bad guy… wonder if his women were about to be sold…

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  11. Dale says:

    Talk about going outside the box on this one! I loved all the references to being kept women. Good on her for getting free…

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  12. draliman says:

    Dark and creepy. Run, Anna, run! Nice one 🙂

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  13. Great to find a tale inspired by the picture rather than about it! Excellent.

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  14. An arousing story, Lish. Women are treated so badly today, still. I like that Anna escaped. And am glad she didn’t kill him. I think… I hope.

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  15. granonine says:

    Great atmosphere, creepy imagery. Great take on the prompt.

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  16. Dear Lish,

    Applause for writing outside the box! You’ve won my heart with this one. Sasha sounds über creepy. Good for Anna. I hope she is able to make a complete escape. Well done.



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  17. Thank God she escaped. Good for her!


  18. magarisa says:

    Brilliant take on the prompt! The first sentence sets the stage perfectly, and the ending is superb.

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  19. pennygadd51 says:

    Dear Alicia,
    What an excellent story, and what a delightful use of the prompt!
    I hope Anna escapes from her gilded cage.

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  20. I had no idea where you were going until the end. A good way to present your story. Keep us waiting for more which I think was great. More please …..
    Isadora 😎

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  21. tedstrutz says:

    Damn, this was a good one, Alicia.

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  22. Such a unique take on the photo prompt. Liked this very much!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  23. Sarah Ann says:

    Sasha the control freak. Let’s hope the remaining girls escape his ire. Perhaps the might make a run for it in the confusion? I love how you used the prompt; those jardinieres are morphing into women and I look.

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  24. Lynn Love says:

    Loved the spin you took with this prompt, though I would have really liked Sasha to be on the receiving end of that shot, not Anna’s guard! Great tale Alicia

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  25. Great take and quite current. He sounds quite the controlling perv and she needs to return with help to sort him out

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  26. Wonderful take on the prompt!

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