29/11/2018

SILVER SPOON - a story in one hundred words


SILVER  SPOON

Arnold sat in the village pub, sipping a whisky and enjoying an hour of anonymity, when an arrogant young voice called from the other bar, “Another round in here – and be quick about it!”
The landlord went to serve them, his body language eloquent with disapproval, and Arnold’s whisky was suddenly tasteless.

Next morning his son stared at the breakfast table through bleary eyes. “What’s that?”
“That,” Arnold said sternly, “is an oilcan. It reminds me that I only own an oilfield because I worked hard. It’s time you did the same – you start in the workshop tomorrow.”
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This week's photo of someone's treasured collection comes from Nick Allen by way of Rochelle's blog  https://rochellewisoff.com/  and, as usual, I am late on parade. Though why Thursday should be considered 'late' for Friday Fictioneers is a conundrum i have yet to understand :)

After a few hours baking Justice League fairy cakes with my granddaughter yesterday, I achieved the impossible - I inserted page numbers into my next book, starting on the fourth page!! So, as it has already been approved by my proof-reader, WOLF PACK, the second in my LIVING ROCK series, might even be published this year.

Meanwhile the first book, A VOLCANIC RACE, is available on Amazon in print - which would make a lovely gift to wrap for somebody - or in ebook for your Kindle.

Also on Amazon is HELTER-SKELTER which I published as Elizabeth Young to make clear it is in a different genre - historical fiction. You can find it by clicking on the link on this page.


45 comments:

  1. Oh, I did like that. Very nicely done.

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  2. An instructive fable for little folk. Of course, he only owns the oilfield because other people worked hard.

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    1. To get to the point of owning an oilfield he had to start somewhere.

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  3. Hmmm it sounds like the lesson might have come a little late. Nice take.

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    1. Well, yes - he shouldn't have spoiled the boy.

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  4. I wonder if an unpleasant man who inherited his dad's money was also a prompt for this.

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    1. I wonder who on earth you could mean, Patsy? :)

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  5. Hopefully that will knock the arrogance out of him!

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    1. It might make him appreciate his father's money, at least!

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  6. Nice one, Lizy. The young upstart needs a sharp lesson!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  7. No wonder his whiskey turned bad.

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    1. That would have been the final straw!

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  8. hopefully, the son got the message loud and clear.

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  9. He owned the oil field because he took a risk. Then he worked himself hard enough to discover the oil. Then he hired people to work for him. It all started because HE started it all and pulled it along.

    Justice League fairy cakes? Sounds awesome to me.

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    1. Thanks Susan - I'm glad you see the point re his hard work.

      The JL fairy cakes came in a kit - 'all' we had to do was mix one packet with egg and butter, bake the cakes, mix a pack of icing with butter, spread that on the cakes, add sprinkles, and make TEN very complicated paper things to represent Superhero capes. For me and a 3 year old - a doddle :(

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  10. Perfect way for Dad to handle his entitled kid. Loved this.

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    1. Thanks Linda - perhaps Dad should have started sooner?

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  11. Definitely no hardwork no gain. If you want to own something, you have to work for it. By the way was the rude voice in the pub that of his son?

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    1. Yes it was his son - there's only so much explanation one can fit into 100 words!

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  12. That told him! Would you please be good enough to serve me another drink landlord?

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

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  13. Don't you tease me with the second book becoming available sooner! ;-)

    As for the son...yes, Dad's a little late to teach his son the value of earning one's keep... but better late than never!

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    1. I mean it, Dale - if I can fend off the Christmas preparations, and learn how to use KDP after using CreateSpace for my first books, I might get it out this year.

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  14. Some people need a good nudge, even a little kick. I hope he listens.

    P.S. I always love reading your ending notes. In these days, when I'm sooo exhausted, they give me a boost of energy. I shall spend some time working on a bit (or a lot) of formatting that has been staring me in the face. Thank you for that. :-)

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    1. Dear Magaly, glad my struggles with writing prompt you to tackle yours. What are you working on, and why are you exhausted? ❤

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  15. Dear Liz,

    Arnold has strong work ethic. Hopefully he can instill that in h is son. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. We all hope our kids follow our good examples, and ignore the bad ones!

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  16. Good move.. Hopefully the son is not to far gone to turn him around.

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    1. The son would be well advised to knuckle down or risk being disinherited!

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  17. Looks like the son broke the camel's back. Some tough love seems in order. I would love a Justice League cupcake please. I will have to look for the easy-peasy kit.

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    1. If you find the kit, Jo, be more careful than I was when detaching the cardboard capes from their backing. I had to sellotape mine!

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  18. What a wonderful story with a powerful message.

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  19. I love this... to start at the bottom is the best lesson...

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  20. BINGO! I really like the turnabout. A hard lesson in 100-words. Well done.

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  21. I enjoyed where this story took me. He doesn't wish for his son to grow arrogant and unkind, wanting him to know the value of hard work. A lot said in only a few words. Nice!!

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