Wednesday, 25 March 2020

NO MODERN TECHNOLOGY NEEDED - 100 word story

I missed the last couple of weeks due to having a stressful struggle to travel home from Spain back to Ireland when the ferry company cancelled passenger bookings! Anyway, I made it back. I'm self-isolating but glad to be in my own home.


PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold



NO MODERN TECHNOLOGY NEEDED 

Rebecca flexed her fingers. Who knew that skills she had learned nearly fifty years ago would be useful in 2025?
She remembered bashing out: 'the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' until she could do it error free.
She left college with Pitman's shorthand and could accurately touch-type at fifty words a minute.
When electric typewriters became the norm, she was gleeful.
Imagine her pleasure when word processing arrived?
Now life had turned a full circle.
The old typewriter had pride of place. Sourcing ribbons and carbon paper proved challenging, but here she was. 
No modern technology needed.




Hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

EMPATHY WORKS - 100 word story

When I looked at this week's Friday Fictioneers photo prompt, there seemed to be only one story to tell...


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot



EMPATHY WORKS

My life was compartmentalised into three phases:
Life Before the Virus
Life During the Virus
Life After the Virus.
During phase two, I fled the anarchy and found refuge in a remote village.
The locals showed me how to survive, how to share. Who said Communism was evil?
Food was harvested and left for everyone to help themselves. We looked after each other.
Sometimes it was hard.
In Life After the Virus, I'm still here. The outside world remains a dangerous place. They don't know how to share. They still don't understand that empathy works better than anarchy.


Hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

OH, WHAT A PERFORMANCE - 100 word story

Many years ago I was a member of an amateur dramatics society. Whilst we did perform A Christmas Carol, the characters in this story are entirely fictional.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson



OH, WHAT A PERFORMANCE


'This year we're performing A Christmas Carol,' said Ms Smythe.
The members of the Spitting Chewsbury Amateur Dramatics Society looked alarmed.
'But how can we stage the visions?' said Reginald Hetherington-Brown.
'I spoke to our lighting whizz. We'll back light a see-through screen.
'Isn't See-through Screen an oxymoron?' said Miss Trimlybottom.
'No, dear,' said Ms Smythe.
'But what about Tiny Tim?' said Reginald.
'My grandnephew will play him.'
'Nepotism,' whispered Reginald.
The members murmured uncertainly.
'Worry not! With your acting skills, it will be a triumph. We can do it.'
The members preened and began to mutter: 'yes, we can.'


Hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

SUPERHERO - 100 word story

I wasn't going to enter a Friday Fictioneers story today because I'm super busy with guests arriving to stay for a few days. However as soon as I saw the photo I knew what I had to write.


PHOTO PROMPT © Dawn Miller




SUPERHERO


You think I'm a cartoon character created in the 1930's?
Wrong!
Jerry discovered me zooming around the family farm.
Fortunately he understood the need for keeping my real self a secret. But he also wanted to 'put me out there' and came up with the inspired idea of writing me into a cartoon. Of course, he had to let Joe into the secret. The costume was a figment of Joe's fertile imagination by the way.
Jerry and Joe are long gone, as are my Earth parents. But me? I live on. No more zooming around the old farmstead though.


Hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


If you wish to read more Friday Fictioneers stories, you can find them listed HERE


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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

DOGLET - 100 word story

Hello again. 
I've been away scuba diving in Thailand which was rather wonderful. Now I'm feeling refreshed and raring to write again. 
This week's Friday Fictioneers photo prompted a story from the heart. (My dog would fully understand.)


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
DOGLET


Joanie looked out the window and sighed. Doglet sighed too.
Joanie looked at Doglet. 'This is all your fault.'
Doglet cocked his head. It is?
'If I didn't have you, I could stay in.'
Doglet whined softly. You said you'd rather have a dog than children.
'I bloody hate rain,' said Joanie.
Believe me, so do I. But, the thing is: I need to pee.
'I suppose you need to pee?'
Doglet gently head-butted her leg. I really do.
'Okay, mate. Sorry.' Joanie suddenly smiled. 'I'd still rather have you than children.'
Course you would. Shall we go?







After the first couple of comments I decided to edit the punctuation, for clarity. Hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

HIS BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER - 100 word story

This week's Friday Fictioneers photo prompted a story about a man who doesn't know his capabilities... or lack of them.

PHOTO PROMPT © Mikhael Sublett



HIS BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER

Rodney decided that the best Christmas present he could give his wife was a new bathroom.
She had been banging on about it for twenty years.
He grabbed the opportunity while she was away visiting her sister.
'Better late than never,' thought Rodney as he enthusiastically swung his sledgehammer.
It took a surprisingly long time for Rodney to realise that he had bitten off more than he could chew. He hurriedly started phoning bathroom fitters.
Not one could possibly help him until the New Year.
Rodney surveyed his handiwork with a gulp. He was in an awful lot of trouble.


I hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

WATCH ME - 100 word story

As well as bringing back fascinating memories of times spent travelling around Asia, this week's Friday Fictioneers photo prompt also made me cast my mind back to when I decided to give up my London life and move to Spain in order to get to know a man I'd met there. Everyone said: you can't do that. I said: watch me.
Reader - I married him.


PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria



WATCH ME


Jen took a window seat, wrestled her rucksack onto the floor and settled back with a happy sigh. Backpacking at fifty. Living the dream. Now or never!
She had left behind two perplexed children and a mundane marriage.
Everyone said, 'you can't do that.'
Jen said, 'watch me.'
'You can't just leave,' they said. 'And besides, Asia is dangerous for women travellers.'
'Hah! Watch me,' she said.
Jen swivelled in her seat, back to the window, and took a selfie. She'd upload it later when she found a wifi signal.
All her photos carried the same slogan: Watch Me!


I hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


If you wish to read more Friday Fictioneers stories, you can find them listed HERE


If you'd like to join in the challenge, you'll find all the information posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields 


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