Friday Fictioneers




yellowumbrellasI was in a cafe cradling a mug of steaming cappuccino. The day was grey, the street outside, busy. Shoppers bustled this way and that under a canopy of dripping umbrellas. One caught my gaze, a girl clutching golden flowers beneath a yellow brolly. She stopped, held out her arm and suddenly I was standing alongside her. ‘Come, fly with me’ she whispered.

Moments later I was looking down upon the miserable scene then up at the yellow umbrella which bathed me in sunlight. Warmth spread through my body.

It was then I realised I’d spilt my coffee in my lap.




Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo is by Dale Rogerson.

102 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers

  1. Denise Sep 19, 2018 / 11:57

    Cute story. I am off to the high desert in Utah. I’ll be using my umbrella to keep the sun off of me and wishing for rain to cool things down.

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  2. michael1148humphris Sep 19, 2018 / 12:04

    You made me smile, I hope the coffee was not to hot.

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  3. syncwithdeep Sep 19, 2018 / 15:19

    sweet.. hope u were not scalded by the hot coffee

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  4. pennygadd51 Sep 19, 2018 / 17:44

    Great story, Keith, and you had me chuckling. Oh, the perils of nodding off into a daydream!

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  5. hilarymb Sep 19, 2018 / 18:17

    Hi Keith – up up and away … oh how I wish… especially under the sunlit canopy of a yellow brolly … spilt coffee on one’s pants – not good for a lot of reasons! Cheers Hilary

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  6. rochellewisoff Sep 19, 2018 / 20:19

    Dear Keith,

    Such a beautiful scene until he spilled his coffee…or spilt as it were. 😉 Love it!



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    • Keith's Ramblings Sep 20, 2018 / 10:03

      Spilled/spilt…umbrella/brolly. Let’s call the whole thing off!!! Not the best way to end a daydream! Thanks Rochelle.


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Sep 19, 2018 / 20:38

    Ha… warmth is a strange sensation, especially since it will be colder afterwars

    Falling in love is like spilling coffee in your lap, first warm and cozy, then cold and dreary.

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  8. Dale Sep 20, 2018 / 04:17

    Smiling and chuckling! Must have been most uncomfortable at the end there..

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  9. JS Brand Sep 20, 2018 / 14:04

    Lovely story, with a punchline that brought the narrator and the reader down to earth with a jolt. As a man of a certain age, I can’t help saying that the cause of the sudden dampness could have been worse.

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  10. Pandora's Box Sep 20, 2018 / 15:23

    a lovely daydream turns into a nightmare… spilt coffee….. AND A WASTED $7…
    tsk tsk.
    I much enjoyed this small tail.

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  11. StuHN Sep 20, 2018 / 16:05

    And I said, Fly on my sweet angel
    Fly on through the sky
    Fly on my sweet angel
    Tomorrow I’m gonna be by your side

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  12. Bernadette Braganza Sep 20, 2018 / 16:18

    I would love to fly away (especially from a crowded place)! Not sure about the coffee though.

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  13. Brenda's Thoughts Sep 20, 2018 / 17:33

    Startled awake from a lovely dream. I love the painting of the girl with flowers, holding her umbrella with winds! =)

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  14. 4963andypop Sep 20, 2018 / 23:07

    I thought that girl took a shining to you a little too quickly. Sometimes dreams are better than what we wake to.

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  15. subroto Sep 21, 2018 / 01:11

    Explaining large wet patches on the front of your pants can be tedious. He should stick to saying Mary Poppins made him do it.

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  16. Abhijit Ray Sep 21, 2018 / 04:21

    Guardian angel who relieved you of your miseries and took you to eternal sunshine. Nice.

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  17. Piyali Sep 21, 2018 / 10:06

    Oh, I love daydreaming. It’s one of my favourite leisure time activities. It’s a beautiful piece, so dreamy 🙂

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  18. Russell Gayer Sep 21, 2018 / 11:43

    That was one hot fantasy girl.
    I’ve spilt coffee in my lap. It’s not fun, and everyone thinks you’ve wet your pants.

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  19. James McEwan Sep 21, 2018 / 15:57

    Fantastic. It is the way the mermaids get you, and now they are using yellow umbrellas. If only.

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  20. JoHawkTheWriter Sep 22, 2018 / 19:02

    I hate when I spill my coffee. Thankfully it mostly lands on the floor, not my lap. Thanks for the chuckle.

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  21. Sarah Ann Sep 22, 2018 / 22:05

    🙂 I was floating away in a lovely dream until you woke me up with that coffee spill. Well told.

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  22. Ellie Scott Sep 23, 2018 / 10:09

    Brought back to earth with a burn… ouch! Lovely image of the yellow umbrella casting sunlight.

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  23. aheartforafrica641064503 Sep 23, 2018 / 15:57

    A delightful story, Keith 🙂

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  24. Priya Sep 23, 2018 / 19:24

    A fun take on the prompt. Have spilt a cup of tea on my lap, not a pleasant experience. In different circumstances, of course.

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  25. Jacob C. Edwards Sep 24, 2018 / 18:41

    Haha I guess when someone rocks your world they don’t look to see if you’re holding coffee beforehand

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