Wednesday, 30 May 2018

SMALL ADS - 100 word story

I looked at the photo prompt for this week's Friday Fictioneers challenge and it led me along a path of loneliness and delusion.


PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer




Lonely, handsome, solvent young bachelor looking for beautiful soulmate.

I am easy going, strong, funny and affectionate.
I live on a farm far away from the rat race.
My house is large and very beautiful and I need a woman to share it with.
You want to live in a quiet place? This is it.
You want to eat fresh vegetables? I have a kitchen garden.
You want to drink fine wine? I have a small vineyard.
You want to swim? I have built a natural plunge pool.
Come!
Escape your life and live the dream with me.




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


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54 comments:

  1. Dear Susan,

    He had me at "pool." Lovely piece.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. He he - yes! Thanks for commenting, Neil.

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  3. Dear Bachelor,

    My number is...

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  4. There's disappointment in store, I fear. For both of them.

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  5. That picture doesn't quite reflect his description, does it? Nicely spun tale Susan

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    1. No, not quite. It's the sort of thing that can happen with the 'personal ads'! Thanks for commenting, Lynn.

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  6. I got a bad feeling about that plunge pool. Also, wine is more fun when you don't have to wait for it to mature.

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  7. The countryside is filled with bachelors.... all the women have fled to the cities...

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    1. Ha ha - you might be right! (We have a few bachelor farmers down here in West Cork.) :)

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  8. Great "pool."

    And I'll bet this guy's dating site profile photo shows him twenty years younger and twenty pounds lighter!

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  9. Won't she be surprised? Of course, her profile bio probably isn't accurate either.

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    1. Yes, they might find they're made for each other, Russell. :)

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  10. sounds too good to be true. but i'm sure there'll be takers. :)

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    1. Yes, he'll probably reel in a hopeful woman... and disappoint her.

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  11. How sweet! Sounds like a great deal.
    Hope he gets a good woman to share all his goodies with :)

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    1. She might be a tad annoyed that he's called himself 'young' - but that will depend on her age! :)

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  12. Sounds great but it sounds like a big move - I hope they get to know each other first before she moves in!

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    1. You never know - he might find the woman of his dreams! :)

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  13. Aww! This looks like such an honest ad. I am sure many will respond to this.

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    1. You might be right! Let's hope he doesn't disappoint too many ladies. :)

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  14. Not the biggest plunge pool I've seen, but hey-ho! Nice one Susan

    Click to read my FriFic tale

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    1. I think he's taken 'artistic licence' a bit too far, Keith! :)

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  15. If only I were younger... Nice one, Susan.

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    1. He he - thanks for commenting, Liz!

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  16. Heck if I were a bunch of years younger, and weren't married to the best guy on the planet, I'd answer this! I don't feel that your story is melancholy at all. His words are very positive and hopeful!

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    1. Ah, but is he being totally honest, Alicia?

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  17. Great story! Using the small ad format really works here. He's got a silver tongue, I'll say that for him, and he cuts a heroic figure wielding that hillbilly back-hoe!

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    1. Thanks, Penny. Glad my idea worked for you.

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  18. I hope he doesn't put this picture up with the ad, else his lies will be exposed :) Nice one Susan! - Justjoyfulness

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  19. No, that would be foolish! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  20. Perhaps one day he might find someone, until then he digs and dreams.
    Thanks,
    Norma.

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    1. Yes, that's about the size of it, Norma. :)

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  21. Ah, a lovely piece, full of gentle simplicity (which doesn't mean it was simple to write!). Well done!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Helen!

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    2. A neat and witty construction on your part, Susan. And a man with his own vineyard? Where has he been all my life? I'm in ;)

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    3. Thanks for commenting, Yellow Tiger. The thing is - is the vineyard, like his youth, a figment of his imagination?

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  22. Sounds like those hotel ads on trip-advisor. Poor Russel :-)

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    1. You always have to be vigilant when it comes to small ads! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  23. But I'll bet that wasn't the photo he put in his ad.... Well done, really enjoyed it!

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    1. Not if he had any sense, Donna. Thanks for commenting. :)

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  24. Your post is one answer to the question I ask myself - how a woman would find herself living on a farm. An interesting response to the prompt.

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    1. Thanks, Colline. For some reason the photo made me think of Australian farmers way back when who advertised for brides.

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  25. Uh oh, what happened to truth in advertising?

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    1. Ha ha - truth in advertising? No that's a bit of an oxymoron! Thanks for commenting, Karen.

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  26. I suppose he doesn't want pity, but I can't help feeling sorry for him. His loneliness and desperation come through loud and clear.

    Why do I suspect his 'natural plunge pool' to be rather unglamorous? ;-)

    Really enjoyed your creative take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Magarisa. No, his plunge pool might be a bit of a let down! :)

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