A-Z Challenge Post: Fiction

The posts continue for the A-Z Challenge with my theme of emotions. Today’s piece is a work of fiction inspired by the word beginning with “F” that my 7 year old chose. Thank you hunny for your help!


Felicia gazed out of the window as she sat in the rocking chair and caressed her 32 week old baby growing inside of her. Her mind wandered and she began to think about what her daughter would be like. Would she look like her? Would she have her exotic features and dark hair? Would she have her husband’s soft features and piercing gaze? Would she be a combination of the two? What else would be passed onto her offspring? What character traits would she have? Would she be timid and reserved like Felicia was growing up? Would she know the answers but be afraid to speak up? Would she be a bookworm and relate better to the characters in her books than her peers at school? Would she be charismatic and charming like her dad? The life of the party? The funny one? Relatable in a warm and effortless kind of way? She started to wish that she had been more daring, less timid, and more adventurous. She wished that she had stronger traits to pass on. As she rubbed her belly she began to feel a burning sensation like a fire consuming her from within.

Felicia sat on the edge of the bed after tucking little Felicia into bed. She’d read her a bedtime story, kissed her goodnight and stroked her hair long after she had fallen asleep. As she sat on the edge of the bed she glanced out of the window and remembered sitting in a rocking chair that was once nestled in the corner. She remembered the thoughts that crossed her mind as she’d stare out into the world beyond her home. Wondering what her daughter would look like and be like. She was proud of the little person that she was already turning out to be. Her 8 year old ball of fire. Fire! She remembered feeling that fire burning from within when she was pregnant. She had a sudden feeling that she couldn’t shake; that fire that she felt was the feistiness forming in her baby. She knew that in spite of all of her weaknesses and shortcomings she must have done something right because her daughter would be no doormat and  no one’s second choice. On that day when she made the decision to be the person she wanted her daughter to be proud of, that spark caught flame and changed her and her daughter’s life forever. Her daughter wouldn’t be known as Felicia the Fearful like her mother growing up but Felicia the Feisty.


This isn’t typically the type of writing that I do. I liked to write stories growing up but it has been over 10 years since my last attempt at a story. Even though every piece might not work, I’m loving this challenge. It’s taking me out of my comfort zone and having me explore more than I would venture with my regularly scheduled posts.  What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your feedback!

This post is part of the A-Z challenge. For details on the challenge, click here.

Core post summing up what the challenge is about, why I signed up, and what my theme is.

Challenge Posts- you can find all of the posts here.

The Richness of a Simple Life- N° 479

31 Replies to “A-Z Challenge Post: Fiction”

    1. Thank you Lori! I was really nervous to schedule this one. It took me out of my comfort zone! She’s a little feisty but more so when it comes to her sister. She’s very protective of her and it came up in conversation about her sister which is what made me love it even more 🙂

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  1. I like the story, but I also like the way you’ve linked to your theme reveal post and your intentional tracking of your place in the challenge and the traffic you’ve received from it. Good idea. I can’t even remember where I was in the line up :-/

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  2. Great job, Niki. Ten years is a long time between stories – after this attempt, maybe you should write it more often? So good that the A-Z is pushing you out of your comfort zone, I suspect we’re all being challenged by it in some way 🙂

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    1. Awww thank you Kim! I think I will even if I don’t go anywhere with it. It was kind of fun and reminded me of how I’d let my imagination run wild as a child, before I grew up and started putting labels on everything and putting them in boxes. I’m glad we joined this challenge!

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      1. I’m glad too! And yeah, I think continuing with the fiction is a good idea. I used to write a lot of stories in my teens but life kind of got in the way and I stopped. Now I lean more towards reading it than writing it! 🙂

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  3. Niki, I loved reading this story and you painted such a gorgeous picture. Well done. I must admit I used to love writing fiction when I was much younger but lost it somewhere along the way. Good on you. 🙂

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  4. This is a great little read 😊 I really felt for Felicia whilst she was having doubts about her character and I loved the significance of the fire in her belly.
    I definitely think you should write fiction more often! 😄

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