What’s So Funny?: Fiction Friday

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

FF 155 J Hardy Carroll

Photo copyright J Hardy Carroll

What’s So Funny?

Andy saw a man stumbling towards the shelter. It happens every season: a bear comes into a camp, challenging the human for his food. The camper abandons everything, runs through the forest, splashes across the creek, and, if lucky enough, finds the trail shelter.

“Not to worry,” Andy assures him, “here’s a quarter.”

Andy watched as the man stared at the wall phone, failing to recall even one complete phone number, realizing that his smart phone with quite an extensive contact list was last seen crushed under a bear’s butt.

It wasn’t funny, Andy knew, but he laughed anyway.

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The photograph is week is from J Hardy Carroll who is also a Friday Fictioneer writer. Check out J Hardy Carroll’s story “When” here.

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

10 thoughts on “What’s So Funny?: Fiction Friday

  1. A really unique take on the prompt! I suppose as the old payphone goes, so will Directory Assistance. You used to be able to dial O and get a number from the operator for free but I think that’s archaic now.

    • Then there was 411 for information, but that was for land lines. But if you want to find out someone’s cell phone number, there is no Directory Assistance for that. Outta luck.

  2. This is so true! I used to remember hundreds (ok… maybe not “hundreds”) of phone numbers. Now? Enter it into phone and that’s it. Never registers… I feel for him!

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