24/07/2014

FORK COLLINS - 100 word story

I've been busy this week getting my Tenerife apartment ready to sell - (see my previous blog) - and it occurs to me that when we return to England I shall have to change the name of my blog! 
But that's in the future, and in the hands of the gods, so here is this week's dose of Friday Fiction, prompted by a very weird photo on Rochelle's blog!
http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/

FORK COLLINS

“Can Fergus come round?”

“I ain’t having a Collins in this house.”

“But Granda . . .”

“Winter ’39, so it was, and feckin’ freezing. Mam throws the ashes too wide and sets the stack ablaze, so I run over the fields to town while Pops bashes the flames, but they spread to the byre. Fire engine clangs along the top road, but Padraig Collins at the fork sends it down the wrong lane.”

“That was seventy-five years ago, Granda!”

“Two cows we lost that day – remember it like it was yesterday. No forking Collins is welcome in my home.”

22 comments:

  1. Love the strong words in this piece: Throws, bashes, clangs. Each one brings the scene to life.

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    1. Thanks Alicia - the incident is obviously still alive in Granda's mind too!

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  2. No forking Collins?! Yep, that was my use of the prompt too!

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    1. I suppose it would be immodest to say "great minds"?

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  3. Tee hee! Great characterisation and the ending made me laugh. Naughty Grandma!

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    1. Why naughty? I'm glad it made you laugh!

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  4. That Collins must have been dyslexic. When he said go right, he meant the other right. Now wonder Granda said "No forkin' way."

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    1. Indeed - and I now have a new swear word in my vocabulary!

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  5. Dear Liz,

    Nothing I love more than a story that makes only a glancing reference to the prompt. This one made me smile. Well done indeed.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle - I enjoyed writing it!

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  6. I love your twist with what was a difficult subject. Highly entertaining. Re your blog title, maybe you could call it lizy-ex-expat-writer. Just a thought! Good luck with the sale.

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    1. Thanks Ros - glad you liked the story. Not so sure about the two exes, though!

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  7. Enjoyed this story. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you Indira - my daughter likes these short stories too - she' says she's too busy to read anything longer!

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  8. Ha! Ha! Looks like Grandpa has a long memory.

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    1. Granda knows how to hold a grudge, too.

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  9. Dear Lizy, Granda is like one of the famous Hatfield's & McCoy's. So it was and still is. People never forgive (even if they say they do - they still hold a grudge. But, on the other hand, if it was on purpose (the misdirection of the fire truck) then too bad they couldn't sue - but then you have the blood sucking lawyers to deal with. Oh well, cute story! Nan :)

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    1. Dear Nan - it's not often I get a comment longer than my story - boviously it made you think!

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