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BIG ORANGE BALL

 

BIG ORANGE BALL

“Who gave permission for that monstrosity?” Joe asked in the bar.

“The Mayor has a new car,” Bill said.

Heads nodded sagely – it figured.

“Ten dollars to go inside – I hear it’s anti-gravity or something.”

“Someone has to try it out.”

 Mick passed the hat round for the cash, Joe drew the short straw. He waved nervously before disappearing inside the dome. There was a sucking noise.

“That sounded like a vacuum cleaner,” Bill said.

“Nah,” said Mick, “More like a drain plunger.”

They were still arguing the next day, after the orange ball had vanished.

They never saw Joe again.

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What on earth that big orange ball is for I can only imagine - which is the point of Friday Fictioneers, I suppose. So here is my interpretation of Dale Rogerson's photo. Presumably she knows?  To read other stories based on the image, follow the frog link from Rochelle's blog  https://rochellewisoff.com/

 


32 comments:

  1. hah! Poor Joe.
    In reality, if Joe had gone inside the real thing, he'd have had a burger and an orange julep ;-)

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  2. Those alien abductors are getting sneakier

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    1. Not the sharpest knife in the box, certainly.

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  4. Either way, going in that ball sucks.

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    1. Prince Charles would call it a carbuncle, and he'd be right.

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  5. Now that is drawing the short straw!

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  6. Nice of him to be the guinea pig. I hope they appreciate it.

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    1. He wasn't very happy about it, with good reason, as it turned out!

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  7. Yikes! Where did Joe go? Intriguing tale!

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    1. Who knows? Abducted by aliens? Eaten by a monster? Your guess!

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  8. Poor joe :-( Or maybe he's having a great time!

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    1. Maybe he is - transported to Paradise?

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  9. Joe was either very unfortunate or extremely lucky, but I guess we'll never know!

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    1. It will give his pals an endless source of conversation in the bar.

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  10. at least, he'd got balls going inside the dome. now, adventure awaits. :)

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    1. Balls! Very clever - I hope he enjoys it!

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  11. Yikes! Poor Joe. I wonder what happened to him. Great take!

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  12. Dear Liz,

    Imaginative piece. Perhaps Joe is enjoying the ride in the big orange ball. Fun stuff.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  13. Liz,
    I'm hoping Joe is having the time of his life and not missing his old buddies at all!
    pax,
    dora

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  14. It's like a giant roach motel but for humans. Great take on the image. I enjoyed the dialogue, Liz.

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    1. Thank you, Jade - I've never heard of a roach motel!

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  15. Clever, these Aliens. Always praying on human curiosity. Poor Joe, though.

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  16. I think Joe is relaxing on a pink beach with some kind of alien cocktail, earning a living as a story-teller of the humanoids. ;)

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  17. Well, poor Joe! And he'll never return to tell all about his adventure, either.

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