12/03/2015

BREAKFAST - A STORY IN 100 WORDS


BREAKFAST

Their shoes crunching on frosty grass, the boys followed the trail of footprints.
“Bet they’re George’s,” said Harry, “He always gets there first.”
“Teacher’s pet,” sneered Paul, then stopped. “What’s that?”
“A tree stump, stupid.”
“It wasn’t there yesterday.”
They eyed the hunched shape warily.
“It could be a dead cow,” Paul suggested.
“Wrong colour,” said Harry, “Maybe a tramp?”
“Too big.”
“Kick it and see.”
“You can if you want – it freaks me out.”
They ran past, giving the hump a wide berth.

The ogre sighed philosophically.
There’d be others less timid and besides, he was still full of George.
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This week's prompt had me squinting at the screen muttering, "What's that?" hence my story. 
I must thank Rochelle for posting the photo and for hosting Friday Fictioneers where many other writers have interpreted it differently. Follow the Blue Frog trail on her blog.
https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/



40 comments:

  1. Like it! I come across lots of tree stumps that do this sort of thing!

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  2. Very cute story. Never trust a tree stump. If it burps, it's full. If it doesn't, it may just be an old stump. Or it may be hungry!

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    1. Especially never trust a stump that wasn't there yesterday!

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  3. Oh what fun! Still full of George. Luckily the ogre is patient and the boys are scaredy cats. Brought a smile to my face- thanks, Alicia

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    1. Thanks Alicia - it was fun to write, too!

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  4. I loved this story! Great job.

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  5. I shouldn't have laughed cause of poor George, but I did.

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    1. Sometimes laughter is a reaction to shock - we'll put you down as shocked rather than heartless, shallwe?

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  6. Dear Liz,

    Those boys were certainly lucky the ogre was full of George. Cute story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. I love the line 'and besides he was still full of George'. Made me laugh out loud. Great story.
    Claire

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    1. Thanks you. I wasn't aiming for humour but it just came out that way. The best humour is unintentional.

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  8. Like Claire, I laughed out loud. I love an incisive throw away last line. :)

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  9. Dear Lizy,

    I loved your last line so much. Full of George! Scrumptious.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  10. A modern Billy Goat Gruff story. Loved it.

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    1. Billy Goar Gruff! I remember that story now. Golly, that was a long time ago, MAggie May!

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  11. Poor old George! Knew something was coming along but didn't expect an ogre and especially not a philosophical one.

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    1. I don't usually do fairy tales, so it took me by surprise too!

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  12. Loved it. I didn't expect that at all and I loved that last line "Besides he was still full of George." A great last line.

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    1. Thanks Irene - I was pleased with that line myself (Am I allowed to say that?)

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    1. Poor George indeed - I'm glad somebody feels sorry for him.

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  14. I love philosophical ogres - they're the most interesting kind, especially ones with full stomachs. Very clever and entertaining.

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    1. Thanks Margirene - I've met a few fat ogres in my time.

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  15. Made me chuckle. I'm going to watch my step in the park!

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    1. Take care - the ogre has friends in low places.

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  16. Oy! Love that finish. You pulled the whole thing together in that final line. That's great. This is my favorite FF story so far this week!

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    1. Thanks, EagleAye - I feel like a winner now!

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  17. Oh.. I can imagine the ogre burping also.

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  18. That was so good, Lizzy. Reminds me a little of the Billy Goats Gruff. :-) Glad I made it to your story before tomorrow morning comes around.

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet - I'm glad you made it too!

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  19. Ha, being first is not always a good thing. But I've always heard it's the 2nd person who gets snake bit when going through the forest.

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    1. Not being a forest explorer I won't let that worry me, though the fact is now filed away for future reference.

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