Reality Check: Fiction Friday

The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.

Photo copyright Ted Strutz

Photo copyright Ted Strutz

Bottom of the Food Chain

In welding school, Tony imagined being on jobs like on the TV commercials: sitting on steel beams above the skyline, sparks flying, the building boom signaling a strong economy.

That didn’t happen. His assignments came from the bottom of the welding food chain: repair jobs for businesses barely hanging on.

He hated this job site: he cleaned it up each night; it was trashed out every morning. Punks. Thank goodness I’ll finish today, he thought. They can keep their discarded tires and toilets and find someone else to abuse.

Only today held a surprise for Tony: flowers in the toilet.


To read other Friday Fictioneer stories based on this photo, select the smiley blue frog.

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9 thoughts on “Reality Check: Fiction Friday

  1. Good start to a nice story with more stuff, Tresha. I never thought of the welding profession as something that had its own little “food chain.” Great! Nice work.

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