A short story…

Friday Fictioneers




‘If we don’t get there soon, there’ll just be empty bottles and burnt bits left’ yelled Fred. Charlie was struggling to keep up.

Reverend Godfrey greeted them on the village green. ‘Gentlemen, you look exhausted’.

‘We are Vic’ said Fred. ‘Where’s the beer and burgers?’

Oh, err, well, Miss Fothergill and Widow Applethwaite have iced buns and tea in the tent, but you must vote first’.



‘Why yes gentlemen, for our Carnival Senior Princess. My money’s on naughty Lottie Lovette. Marvellous for ninety-three, and that bathing costume…’

They looked towards her and she winked.

‘B..b..but the barbecue….’ stammered Charlie.

‘Goodness, no chaps, that was yesterday’.




Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle. This week’s picture is from Anshu Bhojnagarwala.

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86 thoughts on “A short story…

  1. Sandra Feb 6, 2019 / 13:06

    The Carnival Senior Princess sounds like a must to avoid. Better make sure it’s not a raffle ticket they’re giving them, as opposed to a voting slip.

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  2. Anita Feb 6, 2019 / 14:04

    Poor chaps! Crashed expectations.
    Smart way to pull them to vote 🙂
    No reward either coz the barbeque was a day before!

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  3. rochellewisoff Feb 6, 2019 / 15:08

    Dear Keith,

    My very visual imagination has gone into overdrive on this one. You made me laugh.



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  4. michael1148humphris Feb 6, 2019 / 17:42

    Smiling all the way at this one. Lovely

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  5. Dale Feb 6, 2019 / 17:45

    Violet stole my line.
    Guess they don’t have a handle on their calendars! I’d vote for her! 😉

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  6. Priya Feb 6, 2019 / 18:00

    Iced buns and tea can’t replace beer and burgers. Can they?

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  7. plaridel Feb 6, 2019 / 21:54

    it looks like they’re a little slow and late even for leftovers. oh well, it happens 🙂

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  8. Na'ama Yehuda Feb 7, 2019 / 01:08

    Fantastic fun! Now … for the bathing costume competition, then the talent show! 🙂

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  9. Kislaya Feb 7, 2019 / 04:02

    I feel sorry for those guys…they were a day late for the barbecue and also were trapped in the carnival which they didn’t want to attend

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  10. Abhijit Ray Feb 7, 2019 / 07:52

    Not a good day for Charlie. First he had to vote for a person he had no love lost, second he missed his bar-b-cue, not to mention his beer.. He is really getting old.

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  11. ceayr Feb 7, 2019 / 08:33

    Another of your reminiscences, Keith?
    I’m wondering if you and lovely Lottie walked out together back in the day…

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      • ceayr Feb 7, 2019 / 10:54

        We all know about Widow Applethwaite, Keith, but is Lottie a bit on the young side for you?

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  12. draliman Feb 7, 2019 / 12:27

    They were even later than they thought! Never mind, at least they got to see Lottie in her bathing costume… 🙂

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  13. Dawn Quyle Landau Feb 7, 2019 / 13:09

    Humor abounds, and now you’ve got me craving the “burnt endz”— they charge extra for those, these days!

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  14. Joy Pixley Feb 7, 2019 / 13:23

    Poor Fred and Charlie need a better calendar app, apparently! Dashed expectations, indeed. Ah well, may as well enjoy the iced buns and the talent show, now that they’re there — carpe diem, and all that!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 7, 2019 / 23:20

      Calender app? By the time they’d worked out how to use it they’d be two days late! Carpe diem indeed!

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  15. gahlearner Feb 7, 2019 / 14:06

    They do need to speed up a little in the future. This was too funny, and I vote for Lottie, too.

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  16. Brenda's Thoughts Feb 7, 2019 / 18:04

    So sad to miss the beer and burgers, only get buns and tea. So disappointing. Love the story and the grumpy guy in the margin. =)

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  17. granonine Feb 8, 2019 / 00:13

    Hilarious ! Poor guys got robbed of their barbecue, but look at all those luscious old ladies 🙂

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  18. Russell Gayer Feb 8, 2019 / 12:07

    I almost burst out laughing at the last line. Great tale, Keith. One I can certainly relate too.

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  19. Inside the Mind of Isadora Feb 8, 2019 / 20:43

    I’m sure she’s quite the looker for those ol’ guys.
    But, somehow, I think they would have preferred burgers. LOL
    Fun write, Keith. Old timers with the possibilities of a Valenitne Queen.
    Isadora 😎

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  20. Margaret Feb 9, 2019 / 03:03

    Ha. Senior moments indeed. Very funny story. And I’m cheering for Lottie.

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