“Livia, is this where you live?”

“Yep. Cool, huh, Vonda?  Uncle Ruedi and Uncle Lenz built it when I was a baby.  We just came from the Old Country.”


“Switzerland.  Everyone there has a house in the mountains. Uncle Lenz lives in Zematt, in the Alps.”

“Wow.  Wish we had a house in the mountains.”

“Where do you live, Vonda?”

“Um…in my mom’s car.  We got…we got ‘victed.  My mom lost her job.  She cries a whole lot.”

“Come on, Vonda…let’s go talk to Uncle Ruedi.  He’ll know what to do.”

“Livia, it’s not so bad!”

“Yes, it is.”

Friday Fictioneers at Addicted to Purple
Photo Prompt:  Copyright Bjorn Rudberg
Word Count:  100

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When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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21 comments on “House
  1. Of course they should talk to her uncle.. unless the car’s Ferrari of course..:-)

  2. ahtdoucette says:

    It’s amazing how often that kind of thing happens and the capacity kids have to accept things. Great vignette for the challenge.

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you. I was looking up the statistics for homeless families. It’s pretty grim. The number one reason for these families being homeless is the cost of housing is more than they make. Thanks for coming by. Lucy

  3. Doobster418 says:

    So here’s a cynical question. Is that a photo of a real house or is it a photo of a realistic model that someone built?

    • Lucy says:

      You know, I’ve been looking at that thing and wondering myself. I could send a msg to Bjorn and find out. He’s in Sweden–maybe the Swedes have stuff like that. I just couldn’t figure out the background.. Hey, you didn’t comment on Churchill, who I totally admire, but he was a bit silly. Lucy

  4. I agree with Bjorg – but I’d have to add, maybe a Winnebago….

  5. Dear Lucy,

    I get the feeling that the car in question isn’t a Ferrari or a Winnebago. I’m pretty sure that’s a real house in the photo. Björn shared several from his trip to Madeira.

    Smooth dialogue with a lot of story between the lines.



  6. Elizabeth says:

    One with large house, other without a house, it’s the real world.

  7. Kate Loveton says:

    Ties in with your post about the homeless. Nice.

  8. Maree Gallop says:

    I read it twice because I could see so much more to the story. Well done. A shabby house for some a castle for another!

    • Lucy says:

      Well, thank you so much. Yes, you’re right about the shabby house being a castle. I’m so glad you noticed that. Thanks for coming by and commenting. I appreciate it. Lucy

  9. Lucy, Good and well-written story as usual. Homelessness is a real scandal in any country, but especially in a wealthy, first-world country. People just seem to fall through the cracks in the system. —Susan

    • Lucy says:

      I agree. Right after that story is a post “What if you were homeless” and easily one can become homeless if one lives from paycheck to paycheck, as many do. I saw a great deal of it in New Mexico. Thanks for commenting. As usual, I appreciate it. Lucy

  10. I agree with you. Kids are meant to have FUN. Reality sets in sooner than expected

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