The lady who lives in Porta Mare

No one has ever seen the lady who lives in Porta Mare step outside the gates. She isn’t even old, early thirties if that. If you’re lucky you can catch a glimpse of her pruning the roses in a silk skirt and wide-brimmed black hat, or else standing on the third-floor balcony watching the waves. Her skin pale and watery, like skimmed milk.

People say she’s made a deal with the devil. But what kind of deal leaves you trapped in a house with no other soul for company? And such a beautiful house too. It’s wasted on her.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio


This piece was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

Each week a photo prompt is given and the challenge is write a flash fiction piece of no more than one hundred words.

Find other Friday Fictioneer stories here.

Author: Jennifer Kennedy

Mother, teacher and writer. I love all my jobs but writing holds a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my short stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

46 thoughts on “The lady who lives in Porta Mare”

  1. I love the mystery in this. A woman lives alone perhaps she suffers agoraphobia, perhaps she is mourning life’s disappointments. No one understands, it is not normal in their minds (whatever that is), why is she a reclusive? The curiosity generates unfounded stories and ideas about who she is, and concludes that she is undeserving. For me this story captures the human nature of the nosey neighbours who need to know all about you or else they will make it up.
    Enjoyed reading this.

  2. That’s an intriguing story. Who is this strange lady who prunes roses while wearing a silk skirt and never leaves the house? You evoke an atmosphere of privilege and sadness, wealth and poverty of spirit.

  3. I nearly did not tap the like button, as the last sentence unsettled me. … As in my early working life I knew several individuals who could not leave their home.

  4. Why do we tend to think the worst? She may have a great deal to offer. Maybe she’s not housebound by choice, but because of her health or some other issue. I think I’d find a way to introduce myself 🙂

  5. Dear Jennifer,

    Perhaps it’s a bad deal and then again…nicely described story. Leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. Well done.



  6. So, we have a woman hiding (her hat in the yard) and nasty gossip going around in the viewers head. Much more going on in this story.

  7. The narrator does not know the story of the lady, so beautifully described, and has created his or her own story for her… human nature to need to know what doesn’t concern them…. Good one, Jennifer.

  8. A mysterious woman whose story I really want to hear. I like the reflection of human nature, where the narrator creates their own story without knowing her at all.

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