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Land of Broken Dreams

Rochelle has heralded in another instalment of Friday Fictioneers, the weekly 100-ish word flash fiction challenge. This week she also supplied the photo!

To read all the other contributions for this week, click on the blue froggy below.


Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Nathan wiped down another table and sighed. Eighteen months ago he’d come to Hollywood, full of dreams and bursting with confidence.

He had the looks (he thought). He had the charm (he thought). He’d played lead in his college dramatisation of “Cats”, so he had the experience.

Why would no-one give him a second look?

Someone yelled at him, dragging his mind back to the present.

“Waiter, hurry up, I don’t have all day! My screenplay is due tomorrow!”

Nathan hid a smile. He recognised this “big-shot writer” and knew he parked cars for a living.

Hollywood. Land of dreams.

  1. November 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Ali, Cute story. Probably what really happens quite a lot. 🙂 — Susan


    • November 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

      I would imagine Hollywood’s coffee shops are full of people like this (they are in the movies anyway!).


  2. November 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Ha! My guy was a waiter too! Your story is funnier though.


    • November 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

      I haven’t read any other stories yet (I posted just before bedtime) but I thought there might be a few waiters and such given the photo and that it was titled “Hollywood crowds”!


  3. November 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm



  4. NotAPunkRocker
    November 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    The line about his role in “Cats” just got me giggling.

    Cute story, well done!


    • November 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Obviously he’s ready for the big time now 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  5. November 13, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Great “gotcha'” at the end. Kudos!


    • November 13, 2014 at 7:38 am

      I like to pop in a little something at the end 🙂


  6. November 13, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Reminds me of Sunset Boulevard … we watched it the other night again … Indeed, land of broken dreams and the land of people who living inside their broken dreams.


    • November 13, 2014 at 7:38 am

      I’ve not seen it, but I imagine there are plenty of people like this in Hollywood. That’s what the films say, anyway.


  7. Lyn
    November 13, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Reality is never as much fun as dreams. But he needs to keep dreaming…you just neve know.


    • November 13, 2014 at 7:39 am

      If he hangs on, he might get discovered. At least he seems to be making ends meet while he’s waiting.


  8. November 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Nice twist. And very sad in its way.


    • November 13, 2014 at 7:40 am

      It is a bit sad. It’s good to have dreams but sometimes you have to admit that they’re likely not attainable and move on.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. November 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Seeing others dreams come true makes you believe harder in your own. Good story.


  10. November 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Oh, well, dreams are free, although you have to work to live while dreaming them. I think he needs to reassess and find a new dream.



    • November 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      I think so too. Or at least have an alternate plan.


  11. November 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Sad way to view a dream.


    • November 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Often the case in Hollywood though, I fear.


  12. November 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Ali,

    When my son first went to California to become an actor, he waited tables at Planet Hollywood. He once landed a role, literally a roll, as a dead body. You could only see his feet as he was rolled up in a rug. He’s since become a successful writer and executive producer for reality television.

    The only way to realize a dream is to pursue it. Well written story. I enjoyed.




    • November 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Well done to your son! It’s good to hear that the dream can come true if you hang in there long enough and don’t expect everything to happen immediately.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!


  13. November 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Seems it never rains in Southern California….


  14. November 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hollywood is just Potemkin Villages of failures.. but I guess parking cars rate slightly higher than waiter.


    • November 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Hollywood certainly is that for many. And at least parking cars gives you the chance to spend a few seconds in a quality expensive automobile.


  15. November 14, 2014 at 3:28 am

    as they say, everybody has to start somewhere. the key to success is never to give up.


    • November 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

      I think Nathan is going to keep plugging away until he gets his big break.


  16. November 14, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Oh, so much truth here. It’s all about the presentation, isn’t it? And, who you know. Connections, the attitude. I know I would struggle in such a place. You got to play the game. This is a great perspective. I can see the waiter talking to the screenwriter now…telling him he knows what’s up!


    • November 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

      There’s no way I’d get anywhere in a place like that either.
      I can imagine the waiter saying something like “here’s your coffee and I think I see a car over there that needs parking”!


  17. November 14, 2014 at 6:30 am

    That college role in “Cats’ should certainly count for something! Since he thinks he’s such a good looker, I can almost picture him on some California beach 😛


    • November 14, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Him on the beach with all the other aspiring actors who also think they look amazing, all trying to out-shine the others 🙂


  18. November 14, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Dear Draliman,

    Hollywood is sounding drear and dingy in all these tales. You seem to have nailed it with yours. Twenty-six-thousand waiters with SAG cards and hopes and dreams. Tough room, tough town.




    • November 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Dear Doug,
      When I wrote my story I figured there would be several in the same vein (I actually thought it might be somewhere in Asia until I saw the photo title).
      I don’t know what Hollywood is really like but that’s what the films I’ve seen seem to imply!


  19. November 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Cute twist at the end. That’s Hollywood, all right!


    • November 14, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Yep, everybody wishing/pretending to be something they’re not.


  20. November 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    … and there you have it. Good story!


  21. November 16, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Fun story. At least the wannabees are entertaining themselves while they wait on tables and park cars.


    • November 16, 2014 at 6:36 am

      Gotta do something while you’re waiting for your big break.


  22. November 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

    this is such great presentation!


    • November 16, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  23. Sarah Ann
    November 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Maybe the dreaming actor should reveal what he knows about the big shot screenwriter, so they can start dreaming together. After all it’s the actors’ names go up in lights. 🙂


    • November 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Maybe together they could get somewhere.


      • Sarah Ann
        November 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        I like to think so.


  24. November 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Land of dreamers… right? Nice job on this one. You’ve captured the sense of longing and irony, really well.


    • November 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad it came through okay.


  25. November 18, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Dear Draliman, I enjoy your story each week and you have a good sense of what’s right with the world and what’s wrong with it. It is a land of dreamers. Good job! Nan 🙂


    • November 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Dear Nan, Thank you for your lovely comment! I don’t think I would fit in in such a world. It is nice to have a dream, but you have to hold reality firmly in mind as well.


  26. November 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Awesome story – getting eaten up in tinsel town! The life of a dreamer – what a life that is!!
    ~ Andrea ❤


    • November 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Not a life for me (at least not to the extent that I’m actually counting on my dreams to come true)!


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