You Never Listen to Me: Fiction Friday

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

Photo copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Photo copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

You Never Listen to Me

While Angie transferred clothes from the washer to the dryer, Charlie was in the other room saying something. She asked him to repeat himself. He got offended.

When Angie vacuumed or fed papers through the shredder, she could hear Charlie’s voice but couldn’t understand him. He pouted when she explained she couldn’t hear him over the machines.

“You never listen to me,” Charlie complained.

He expected her to hover within conversation range while he showered. Saturday night, the sounds of the shower water and his own voice prevented Charlie from hearing the front door close and Angie driving away.

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This week’s photo is by our hard-working Friday Fictioneer host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Check out Rochelle’s story Lack of Vision.

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

Right or Wrong (2): Fiction Friday

The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo. I wrote this version with a different ending due to a comment from a fellow Friday Fictioneer writer, Granonine. The first version of Right or Wrong here.

Photo copyright CE Ayr

Photo copyright CE Ayr

Right or Wrong (2)

“This wasn’t here last time!” Trina exclaimed. The boulder blocked their path.

Trudy rolled her eyes at her younger, twin sister.

“Maybe it fell out of the sky?” Trina guessed.

“Boulders don’t just come out of nowhere!” Trudy objected.

Trina defended herself, “Just because you are 12 minutes older than me doesn’t make you always right about everything!”

A loud, whooshing sound caused them to look up. Another boulder plunged towards them, crashing into Trudy, killing her instantly.

Finally Trina spoke, “See? I was right all along. Boulders do fall out of the sky. Told you so!”

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This week’s photograph is by C.E. Ayr, also a Friday Fictioneer writer. Check out C.E.’s story: Love.

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

Right or Wrong: Fiction Friday

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

FF 157 CE Ayr

Photo copyright C.E. Ayr

Right or Wrong

“This wasn’t here last time!” Trina exclaimed. The boulder blocked their path.

Trudy rolled her eyes at her younger, twin sister.

“Maybe it fell out of the sky?” Trina guessed.

“Boulders don’t just come out of nowhere!” Trudy objected.

Trina defended herself, “Just because you are 12 minutes older than me doesn’t make you always right about everything!”

A loud, whooshing sound caused them to look up. Another boulder plunged towards them, crashing into Trina, killing her.

Finally Trudy acquiesced, “Well, sis, you were right. I was wrong. Boulders do fall out of the sky. Who knew?”

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I wrote a second version of this story, based on a comment from my fellow Friday Fictioneer writer, Granonine. Read the second version of Right or Wrong here.

This week’s photograph is by C.E. Ayr, also a Friday Fictioneer writer. Check out C.E.’s story: Love.

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

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.

License to Drive: Fiction Friday

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

FF 154 Kent Bonham

Photo copyright Kent Bonham

License to Drive

Phillip felt like a king. He was first among his friends to get a driver’s license. His mom’s Volkswagen wasn’t a particularly studly vehicle, but he imagined it as so much more in his fantasy realm.

Phillip’s plans to go cruising were dashed when his mom gave him the grocery list. And he had to take his sister to basketball practice and wait for her.

He spent most of his time running errands and driving his sister around. Phillip’s thrilling ascent to the driver’s seat “throne” was also the beginning of his descent into the boredom as the family chauffeur.

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

The photo is by Kent Bonham and he is also a Friday Fictioneer writer. Check out Kent’s story “The Ride of a Lifetime” here.

Note: The Texas Department of Transportation uses the term “driver license” and not “driver’s license.” I have a 2008 Associated Press Stylebook and it has “driver’s license(s)” as an entry. I surfed around the internet to see what some other states are using.

Arizona: Driver license
Arkansas: Driver license, driver’s license
California: Driver’s license, driver license
Colorado: Driver license
Florida: Driver license
Louisiana: Driver’s license
Maine: Driver’s license, driver license
Montana: Driver license
Nebraska: Driver license, but Nebraska Driver’s Manual
New Mexico: Driver’s license
Oklahoma: Driver license
Vermont: Driver’s license, driver license
Wyoming: Driver license, drivers license