11/01/2017

STRIKE - a 100 word story

STRIKE

I promised her she’d regret leaving me, so when I’d collected enough pills I dissolved them in my morning coffee. Bloody doctors and a stomach-pump put paid to that plan.

I faint at the sight of blood, so knives are out of the question, I’ve no idea where to buy a gun, and the gates to the canal towpath were locked.


So here I am on this railway bridge, sitting with my legs dangling over the edge, waiting for a train, and I’ve just remembered the drivers’ strike. Who would have thought it would be so flaming difficult to commit suicide?

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Another story prompted by a photograph on Rochelle's blog  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/ , from whence you can follow the link to read how other Friday Fictioneers interpreted  C E Ayr's photo.

34 comments:

  1. Oh, Liz, so clever! As morbid as it was, I loved it!

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    1. Thanks Helen - I did wonder whether it was too morbid!

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  2. Morbid but darkly funny too. Excellent.

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  3. Dear Liz,

    I'd say someone up there doesn't want him to commit suicide. Dark humor well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. His guardian angel is working overtime!

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  4. I suspect he's not the kind to make a plan and stick to it. If he could see the funny side, I think he might change his mind. Good one, Liz.

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    1. He doesn't sound very determined, does he?

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  5. I guess he is not the ending type. Hope he turns over a new leaf. I liked the matter of fact style, though.

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  6. Oh dear, who'd have thought that all these strikes have a positive side? Great story, Liz.

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    1. Seeing the funny side is the only way to stay sane on occasions.

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  7. just saved by the bell ...er, strike. well done.

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    1. DEFINITELY A LAST-MINUTE REPREIVE.

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  8. Hopefully they've gone off the whole idea by now.

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    1. I hope so too - think of the mess!

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  9. Most people don't really want to do it... i hope the difficulties put an end to the plans.

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    1. The fact that he was found the first time gives the game away.

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  10. Clever and very timely considering the absence of trains from my station yet again this week!

    ...when I grow up! My tale.

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    1. I hope you don't resort to suicide out of despair, Keith!

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  11. Disturbing, but very clever. Well done.

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  12. That was well told - darkly comic

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  13. Yes, darkly comic and eventually, he should give up on giving up... apparently life wants him to stick around!

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    1. It would appear he is destined to have a future.

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  14. You've nailed dark humour with this one, Liz.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thanks Susan - I wonder sometimes if my fiction reflects my mood of the day!

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  15. My goodness, I hope she takes this as a sign.

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    1. It definitely looks as if Fate is saying 'Don't do it'.

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  16. she got lucky... good for her.

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    1. Let#s hope she recognises that fact.

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  17. Funny, but sad. Hopefully, she will take the hint!

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    1. Oh I think she will, especially as I might expand the story1

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