19/03/2020

BILL'S FOLLY - a 100 word story for today


BILL’S FOLLY

It took Bill a month to build the tower, block by block.
Bill’s Folly, the town called it, but he ignored the jibes. He packed his battered car with tins and packets, bought a primus stove and bottled water.
The day he hired a crane the whole town turned out to watch his car creak skywards, trailing a rope ladder.

His pockets bulging with last-minute purchases, Bill climbed the ladder and pulled it up behind him.
“You want pensioners to self-isolate? Fine – but you’ll get a bucket-load of my shit every day to remind you I’m still here.”

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From this story you'll probably guess that I'm over 70 and not happy to be termed 'elderly'! After a last trip to the garden centre today to buy vegetable seeds, my husband and I will be self-isolating - I just hope the weather is good for gardening! Keep well, all of you who so kindly read and comment on my weekly story, and thanks to Rochelle who keeps us going. 

29 comments:

  1. Wonderful story with a great punch line. Sounds like he's a modern day Noah:-)

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    1. Well, he was isolating only himself, but I get what you mean!

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  2. Charming! Totally believable though and somewhat understandable.

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    1. Apologies for the offensive word, Patsy, but he spoke as he felt!

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  3. Hahahaha classic, Liz! ��

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  4. Another pissed-off pensioner...deeply regretting being labelled 'old and vulnerable' especially when that's not how it feels most days. Great story.

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    1. Are you referring to yourself too, Unknown? Thanks.

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  5. i don't think it's a folly at all. it's about a man's quest for relevance.

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    1. And irrelevant is exactly how a lot of people feel right now.

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  6. Kind of cutting off his nose to spite his face but hey... on his terms, right?

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  7. Wow, not quite the community spirit we're looking for, Bill!

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    1. Everyone copes in their own way. At least he's not coughing in a crowd or mugging old ladies for toilet rolls.

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  8. Dear Liz,

    Now that's taking self isolation to a new level...in the most literal sense.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS At least we can distance physically but we still have Friday Fictioneers.

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    1. Social media at its best! Stay safe,. Rochelle x

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  9. That's a lovely pungent last line, Liz! I'm self-isolating, too, even though I'm only 68 - my wife is over 70 and has too many risk factors for us to take chances.

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    1. Even 68 isn't considered young in these situations. Stay safe x

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  10. I thought for sure you were going to say the flood was coming and he had the last laugh. I'm already tired of self-isolation, even though not much has changed in my world. Good luck on the gardening weather!

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    1. You're a writer, Jade - write something!

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  11. Yeah, I wondered what he was going to do about the lack of plumbing. . .

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  12. Oh! I love this! I like Bill, very much.

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    1. Not unknown... It's me Alicia Jamtaas.

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    2. Thanks Alicia - I like Bill's attitude. Not very PC, I know, but still...

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  13. That IS social distancing.

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