Sunday, June 3, 2018

#SundayPhotoFiction: Damaged?

Here is a short tale for today's Sunday Photo Fiction prompt.
Photo courtesy of C.E. Ayr

They walked along the side street, looking at places for rent or sale. They stopped in front of a partially built house.

"I wonder what happened? Looks like it was a nice house."

His wife shrugged. "An earthquake maybe?"

David shook his head. "Not here. Remember, we're at 8400' here in the middle of the Andes Mountains."

She studied it. "It doesn't look like there was a fire."

A man walked over and asked, "Te puedo ayudar, señor?"

His wife nudged him. "I think he's asking if he can help us. See if he speaks English."

"Inglés, señor? We were wondering what happened to the house."

"Nada. Nothing happened. In Ecuador we build when we have the money." He pointed to the house. "That house is being built by a young couple. Now they live with his parents and grandparents. They work hard. When they have saved enough, they will start work again." He shook his head. "No, how you say, no loaned money here."

"You mean no mortgages, or loans?" David responded.

"Si. No debt."

His wife smiled. "I think I like that idea. Let's build a house!"

183 words

This story was inspired by our experiences while living in Cuenca, Ecuador for two years and is based on real life there. You do see houses and other buildings in various stages of completion as they await the funds to finish them.

Read more stories from this prompt HERE.


  1. Quite intriguing. There is something appealing about a world where people only spend what they have and not live on credit. Although I don't fancy living with the in laws until enough money is saved up!

    1. Like most Latin American folks, family comes first.

  2. Replies
    1. It was strange for us initially - our first apartment faced a partially built home. We thought it was for the holidays, but the workers would come for a week, be gone for three, back for a couple of days, gone again. So we asked...

  3. Interesting approach, Donna, thanks for sharing.