Friday Fictioneers

Post 1622. Wednesday January 24


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I warned him. ‘Call an expert’ I said. But no, Jack insisted on doing it himself.

‘That fits in there’ he said, ‘then this in that, that into this, plug it in, switch it on and……. ‘

The explosion was heard all over town, the wall ended up in the street! We got blown off our feet. Fortunately, we soft-landed on the sofa where we sat, staring in disbelief at the house opposite.

I bought a new electronic thingamajig yesterday. I can’t get it to work. I mentioned in the pub last night. ‘Easy peasey’ said Jack ‘I’ll sort it for you’.


Thaderelict-building-sandra-crooknks to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and Sandra Cook for the photo.



90 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers

  1. Iain Kelly Jan 24, 2018 / 11:30

    Ha, please keep Jack away from it – it seems he hasn’t learned his lesson!


  2. Moon Jan 24, 2018 / 12:12

    Haha! Great story.


  3. rochellewisoff Jan 24, 2018 / 12:53

    Dear Keith,

    My husband has been working for two days to get an electronic thingamajig to work. Your story made me laugh.




  4. Martin Cororan Jan 24, 2018 / 14:10

    You’ve seen the light and joined WordPress! Explosive stuff…


  5. Woman walking Max Jan 24, 2018 / 16:09

    A cheerful take on mayhem and explosions- all thanks to a group of friends !


  6. Sandra Jan 24, 2018 / 18:10

    There’s a Jack in most people’s lives. The trick is keeping him out of your home, though. Nice one.


  7. Sandra Conner Jan 24, 2018 / 21:58

    Whoa! Don’t ever tell Jack if you buy something else new.


  8. subroto Jan 25, 2018 / 01:33

    Yes but Jack will get it right in the end and for free (if you exclude repair costs). Fun story.


    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 25, 2018 / 09:43

      The repairs could be quite costly if there’s a repeat performance! Cheers


  9. draliman Jan 25, 2018 / 08:16

    Yeah, I’d trust him. Jack’s not one to let a little explosion stop him!


  10. Lynn Love Jan 25, 2018 / 09:51

    Ah, the power of optimism over experience! Nicely done Keith


  11. Jane Dougherty Jan 25, 2018 / 13:35

    When you see Jack coming into the pub, the safest thing to do is slip away quietly 🙂


  12. Reena Saxena Jan 25, 2018 / 14:50

    Guess Jack did not do a Google Search or Ask Siri 😉


  13. Alice Audrey Jan 25, 2018 / 15:41

    This is why I paid three times the price of a new furnace to get it installed. I just know if I try myself I’ll get the wires crossed.


  14. Rosey Pinkerton Jan 25, 2018 / 15:57

    Look who’s here! I heard you groan Keefy. Jack offered to fit my new washing machine. What do you think?


  15. EagleAye Jan 25, 2018 / 17:07

    Yikes! I think I would run for my life. 😉 Fun story!


  16. Laurie Bell Jan 25, 2018 / 21:22

    Explosive story! Haha very funny, at least they survived, not sure about the house tho.


  17. rgayer55 Jan 25, 2018 / 22:00

    That’s sweet of Jack to offer his services (such as they are).


  18. Dale Jan 26, 2018 / 02:57

    Why do I think of Bumstead? 🙂
    I think we all know a Jack. And if we’re smart, we keep him far away from our own stuff!

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  19. Norma Jan 26, 2018 / 13:52

    Oh, no…not Jack. Please keep that “new electronic thingamajig” safe.
    Loved the fun take on the prompt, Keith.


  20. prior.. Jan 26, 2018 / 20:48

    easy peasy is right….
    and thanks for the smile and light feel in this piece.

    also – my favorite line – which comes out as simple – is actually quite masterful – not just with alliteration, but with story details – so much on one dense sentence:

    “soft-landed on the sofa where we sat, staring in disbelief at the house opposite…”


    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 27, 2018 / 00:33

      What I love about Fri Fic is that it disciplines you into saying as much as you can with the fewest number of words. Sometimes it works! Thanks for your words of encouragement Prior.

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      • prior.. Jan 28, 2018 / 19:42

        yes.. and I would say – in my experience here -(with FRI fiction) most of the times it works -(well for the folks I read…)


  21. prior.. Jan 26, 2018 / 20:48

    and forgot- this is so real to life cos so many folks learn the hard way with DIY


    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 27, 2018 / 00:29

      There are ordinary hard ways, and blow the front off your house hard ways! I prefer the former. hanks Prior.

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      • prior.. Jan 28, 2018 / 19:43

        me too – I prefer the former – but sometimes will only get the message or lesson with the latter

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  22. The Thrifty Campers Jan 26, 2018 / 21:08

    When you insist in doing something yourself all because your too stuborn to ask or want help. Yup I know that person lol.😂


  23. Lavanya Jan 27, 2018 / 06:22

    Jack needs a whallop.


  24. Akshata Ram Jan 27, 2018 / 09:43

    I am sure you are not going anywhere near Jack next time! Fun read Keith


  25. Lata Sunil Jan 29, 2018 / 05:46

    Hahaha why did I not think of this! Men who think they are a know it all.. funny tale.


  26. patriciaruthsusan Jan 29, 2018 / 09:54

    “No thanks.” needed to be the appropriate reply. My husband was once an engineer and would mess with the wiring in our flat while I had terrible visions of the consequences. Our wiring was so messed up once the bedroom lights would go when you pressed the living room switch.Hilarious and good writing, Keith. 😀 — Suzanne


  27. Jan Vanek Jan 29, 2018 / 22:43

    Well, at least Jack tries. 🙂 Hilarious story!


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