Wednesday, 31 January 2018

STUMPED FOR IDEAS - 100 word story

The photo prompt for this week got me wondering how I was going find a fresh theme about a cut down tree. Frankly, I was stumped. And that gave me an idea. 


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


STUMPED FOR IDEAS!


“I'm stumped for ideas.” Hairy John's rucked up t-shirt revealed a milk-white paunch.
“Let's hitch-hike down to Spain again,” said Titch.
“No way. Remember those Spanish lorry drivers yelling 'cut your hair, Hippies!’?”
“That was years ago,” said Titch. “Remember the gorgeous chick with doe-eyes. I wonder what she looks like now.”
“Fat.”
“Let's find out.”
“Why?”
“Why not?”
Hairy John frowned. “Got me stumped.”
“Come on, man.”
“Okay, we'll go.” Hairy John stood up and hitched his jeans over his bum-crack. “But I'm warning you. She'll be fat now.”



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

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70 comments:

  1. Danger Will Robinson. You can never go back

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  2. To be honest, I wish I had their dilemma of where to go next :-)

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    1. Spain is a good place to escape the British winter - I'm off next week. :)

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  3. Yeah, she'll be fat. If they can even find this woman, I wonder what she'll think of the way Hairy John looks, years later?

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    1. Especially when she sees his milk-white paunch!! :)

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    2. Not to mention his bum-crack.

      I just realized something strange. Being from the USA, when I read "Let's hitch-hike down to Spain again," I was actually thinking "Mexico."

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    3. Well, having been to Mexico I can see some similarities to Spain!

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  4. Dear Susan,

    Oh my the image of Hairy John hitching his jeans over his bum crack tells me that he's no prize after all these years. You made me laugh.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. That's what I love about this weekly challenge, Rochelle: how to paint as vivid a picture as possible in just 100 words. Hairy John's bum-crack seems to have done the trick! :)

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  5. What gets to me is guys like that judging a woman's fat but never bothering to look in the mirror.

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    1. I think women tend to be more self aware then men. :)

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  6. Wonderfully written, as always, Susan.
    Loved the brilliant dialogue and his pity-worthy name.
    Thanks for the smiles.🙂

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, moon - always appreciated.

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  7. This story is so exactly spot on—the fat navvy with his jeans falling down over his bum crack laughing at a woman for being fat, and assuming that he, fat and ignorant as he is, could pull any gorgeous woman he wanted!

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  8. love your take on this...at least you weren't 'stumped' for ideas.

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  9. Haha, it doesn't sound like time has done Hairy John any favours either!

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  10. Spain does sound enticing at this time of year! I wonder what the chaps will find on their return? Maybe they produced some hairy hippies of their own they never knew about? Nice tale Susan

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    1. Now there's a thought, Lynn! Glad you liked my story. :)

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  11. Well he sounds like a treat in store for someone!

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  12. They do make me laugh, these foolish men. She may be fat but he definitely is no prize!

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  13. You conjure up such a vivid image of these men, I can almost smell them. Entertaining little story, Susan!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Penny. Glad you enjoyed the story. :)

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  14. Two men who still think they're God's gift! Love it!

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    1. Yes! Although there are plenty of women who are equally deluded. :)

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  15. I don't think that he is any picture himself. Fun dialogue that I can see happening.

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    1. Thanks, Irene. I'm glad the dialogue was believable for you.

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  16. in this case, the journey is its own reward. :)

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  17. That was such a fun tale, makes me want to go to Spain again, though after two trips last year, might be a bit too soon :-)

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  18. Hairy Johns's bicycle-rack has just put off my lunch! Nice one Susan.

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  19. It doesn't sound like he's worn too well either!

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  20. An innovative approach to this prompt. Reminds me of Goa in hippie era.

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    1. I think there's still quite a few of them left behind in Goa, yarnspinner. :)

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  21. "She'll be fat," said the kettle about the pot :)

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  22. Hilarious, Susan. I remember thinking something similar at my 40th high school reunion. Who are all these old people? - Russell

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Russell. Meeting old acquaintances is a potential minefield!

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  23. This definitely had me laughing! It's a great way to see something fresh and new - an imaginative leap, that works so well and is pleasurably well written :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting, wildchild. It's always encouraging to know when someone has enjoyed one of my stories. :)

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  24. Ha! A fun story.... I kinda wanna find out what they find out!

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    1. I know what you mean. Did they find the doe-eyed girl, now woman, and was she fatter than Hairy John? Maybe I'll have to write a sequel! :)

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  25. Ah, the irony of the comment: she'll be fat. Good one!

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    1. Hairy John needs a reality check! Thanks for commenting, Sascha.

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  26. He is so sure that she'll be 'fat' now, still they go ahead :)
    Good one, Susan.

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    1. He he - I know - crazy fellas. Thanks for your comment, Anita.

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  27. Ha... so many men has difficulties in understanding that they age too (including myself)... Maybe they should try something different than hiking though, I imagine they wouldn't be able to waddle very far.

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    1. I think women suffer from these delusions too. My characters will probably have to drive instead of relying on hitch-hiking!

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  28. She will definitely be fat just like them :D

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  29. Ha! These two obviously don't look in the mirror often (or if they do, they must be seeing something completely different from what others see).

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    1. I think most of us are guilty of having a different body image as we age. I often get a bit of a shock when I look in the mirror! :)

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  30. Hairy John looks at the mirror and sees a slim good looking dude. No wonder he does not want to go to Spain and have reality rubbed in his face. Fun story.

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  31. Loved this! Great dialogue. Yes, *she'll* be fat... pot, meet kettle.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Amie. Glad you enjoyed the story. :)

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Many thanks for commenting. I appreciate your feedback.