A handful of words…

for Friday Fictioneers




I don’t like parties. I usually just stand alone, nibbling food, and sipping warm wine. But this time, I was determined to enjoy myself.

Grabbing an unsuspecting girl’s hand I swept her into the midst of the dancing revellers. Unfortunately, she slipped from my grasp, flew across the room and collided with a food-laden table.

I decided to slip away. As I tiptoed to the front door a latecomer barged it open unaware I was standing there, smashing my nose and the glass in the process.

I don’t like hospitals, especially when the young lady sitting beside me is covered in food and nursing a broken wrist.






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

99 thoughts on “A handful of words…

  1. ceayr January 16, 2019 / 15:26

    D’you know, Keith, somehow this sounds too like you to be fiction…

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  2. Dale January 16, 2019 / 16:26

    I would venture a guess that this is close to what really happened… party – check, young men horsing around – check Ooops. – check.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. trentpmcd January 16, 2019 / 17:37

    Oops, it sounds even worse than Peter Seller’s experience at a party, though hopefully less racist….

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      • trentpmcd January 17, 2019 / 13:07

        If you’ve never seen the movie “The Party”, it is pretty wild, though it uses ever negative Indian stereotype in Peter Seller’s character imaginable – I guess he is a kind of Indian version of Inspector Clouseau, but even more bumbling.

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  4. Frankie Perussault January 16, 2019 / 18:01

    Gee I laughed !!! great stuff within 100 words. so much happened 🙂 more of this kind of stuff thanks, ordinary life is so bloody lacking in humor.

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    • Keith's Ramblings January 17, 2019 / 11:02

      Just lately I’ve been doing light hearted pieces simply because they seem to be few and far between of late. So there will be more. Thank you so much for your kind words Frankie


  5. Iain Kelly January 16, 2019 / 18:15

    And then everyone at the party will be there to remind him about this night for the rest of his life…

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  6. granonine January 16, 2019 / 19:25

    An unforgettable moment for them both, I’m sure. I don’t think they’ll be exchanging numbers 🙂

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  7. michael1148humphris January 16, 2019 / 21:52

    I am smiling again, thank you Keith…

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Abhijit Ray January 17, 2019 / 07:46

    You seem to be having a bad time. You are a serious introvert and uncomfortable in a big gathering.

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  9. rochellewisoff January 17, 2019 / 12:17

    Dear Keith,

    Why is it we laugh at the misfortunes of others. Yeah. I’m laughing. 😀 Good one.



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  10. Jelli January 17, 2019 / 14:19

    Ouch! That one hurt just reading it. Great write!

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  11. Christine Goodnough January 17, 2019 / 14:26

    “Well done!” Or maybe I should say, “Good for you for having packed so much disaster into 100 words!”
    Noses bleed big time. Likely the young lady doesn’t like sitting beside some guy dripping blood all over his shirt, either. 😉

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  12. Piyali January 17, 2019 / 14:28

    Hahahaha. Poor girl! Hope your nose is fine now (I am guessing it’s autobiographical)

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  13. draliman January 17, 2019 / 16:15

    Ha, from bad to worse! Points for trying, though – I’m always determined to enjoy parties until I actually get there…

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  14. gahlearner January 17, 2019 / 16:49

    Oh dear, I hope she forgives him for sneaking away and they don’t start to break the hospital. Fun story.

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  15. Sandee January 17, 2019 / 19:34

    I’m guessing it’s the same glad you were dancing with. I think she’s a keeper. Well done.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. plaridel January 17, 2019 / 19:49

    it wasn’t a good start to reinvent himself but at least he tried. hopefully, next time would be better. 🙂

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  17. 4963andypop January 18, 2019 / 15:01

    I took this two ways: that the girl is in the stall beside him in the emergency room, separated perhaps by a curtain; or, that the girl has already been treated and is sitting at his bedside comforting him, because, despite everything, she fell for him anyway. I like the second idea. 😊

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  18. Russell Gayer January 18, 2019 / 22:24

    Oh, the misadventures we sometimes encounter in life. They do make for good stories, though. Great piece, Keith. Very entertaining.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Debbie D. January 19, 2019 / 00:20

    What an unhappy, yet amusing coincidence. 🙂 Loved this clever piece!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Margaret January 19, 2019 / 23:29

    Hilarious. Loved the image of the girl slipping from his grasp and flying across the room. It got funnier with each sentence. Thanks for this.

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  21. kislaya January 20, 2019 / 05:43

    Doesn’t seem like a party time…but hospital time! I am sure after this incident you will never think of dancing again in parties 😉

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  22. Gattina January 20, 2019 / 09:08

    Hahaha ! I liked to party and a similar thing happened to me. Somebody invited me for a waltzer; I got dizzy fell on the floor and pulled the guy with me ! Nobody was hurt, but we were the laughter of the whole party !

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    • Keith's Ramblings January 21, 2019 / 10:25

      Something you and those around you will never forget I’m sure! Thanks Gattina


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