28/05/2015

SCRAP- and a 100 word story

A couple of years ago a fence was erected round the undeveloped building land in our area.



Already the fence has been breached, in some places by dog-walkers who resent being dispossessed, in others by the youngsters who occupied the rough ground years before the construction comany acquired it. They're doing no harm by walking their dogs or simply by sitting outside on sheets of cardboard enjoying the warm nights of Tenerife.
What surprises me is that the fence is bent back but still there.People are so desperate for cash that most of the metal was stolen for scrap before the fence went up - electric cables were stripped for the copper, the aluminium lamp shades have all gone, and every drain cover is missing.
The holes have been filled with rocks to avoid accidents.


AND NOW - a 100 word story about scrap, written for Friday Fictioneers and prompted by this photograph posted by Rochelle on her blog. https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/


TIP BOSS
Santosh held the wire in the glowing heart of the fire – there was no shortage of fires here – and then fixed it precisely in place before leaning over to kiss Jacinta.
“What have you made?” she asked, “It’s monstrous.”
“I call it Tip Boss.”
Santosh stared at other groups huddled round other fires for mutual protection. Taking a deep breath of the stink that passed for air on the tip, he stroked Jacinta’s belly and promised her, “Our son will not live here – I will sell my art.”

A year later ‘Tip Boss’ was the centre-piece in Santosh’s own gallery.



21 comments:

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    1. Yay indeed - wish us all the same success in our endeavours!

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  2. Success! So much achieved with dreams and work!

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    1. Plus, of course, undoubted talent :)

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  3. Talent, resolve, and motivation--people can go far with that. The atmosphere is great (though stinky), too. Good story, I love it.

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    1. Thank you Ga H - there are people actually living that life.

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  4. Very sweet! Few words but filled with hope and promise.

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    1. Thanks Sim - the limit is 100 words so I couldn't make the story longer - not on Friday Fictioneers, anyway!

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  5. i love a story with a happy ending. well done.

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  6. Nice inspiring story. Think I'm going to build me a dinosaur too!

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  7. Dear Liz,

    It's always good for one spouse to know how to market. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Just as you are marketing your book, Rochelle?

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    2. Jan and I are kind of learning it together, Liz.

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  8. Oh I love this.. what a great way to find a way out of the stink

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  9. I hope Jacinta learned quickly how to appreciate Santosh's artistic style. It's a wonderful rags to riches story. I guess sometimes it just takes one good break.

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    1. That's what we're telling ourselves about the long wait for a buyer for our apartment!

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