A very short story…

for Friday Fictioneers

The A-Z Challenge is over for another year things will hopefully now get back to normal! After writing 26 light-hearted children’s stories, I thought I’d write something dark and intense. Then I changed my mind! Here goes…



Just thirty minutes until my interview and I was lost.

I saw a priest. ‘Onward to St Christophers, upwards at the Synagogue, cross at the Methodist chapel and ask again’.

I asked a bloke on a bench. ‘See the Black Horse? Turn, hic, right to the Kings Arms, burp, left to the George…’ then he nodded off!

An old lady said ‘Pass the doctors then the retirement home and at the hospital ask someone else’.

I made it and got the job! I said a prayer of thanks at the chapel, had too many celebratory drinks in the George, slipped up and landed in hospital!


Post number 1820



Thanks to Rochelle or hosting Friday Fictioneers and Roger Bultot for the picture.



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84 thoughts on “A very short story…

  1. ceayr May 1, 2019 / 11:11

    Love how everyone sees the world from their own perspective.

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  2. Iain Kelly May 1, 2019 / 11:26

    Excellent Keith, each individual has their own landmarks. Congratulations on completing another A to Z, I missed out this year, just not enough time!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 1, 2019 / 11:28

      We do indeed. A-Z is a huge commitment and I miss all my regular fun.- not sure I’ll do it again. Thanks Iain.

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      • Archon's Den May 5, 2019 / 02:03

        I post an A To Z story every two weeks. 26 letters = 52 weeks = 1 year…. Then it’s time to start all over again, and I don’t miss anything. Think about doing it that way.
        Cute story, but doesn’t EVERYBODY have GPS on their phone these days? Oops – SAT-NAV for you blokes across ‘The Pond.’ 😆

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      • Keith's Ramblings May 5, 2019 / 16:46

        Now that’s a really good idea. You say pants we say trousers – viva la difference! (pantalon in France!)


  3. neilmacdon May 1, 2019 / 11:41

    Though we all live in the same world, all our maps are different. You captured that so well

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  4. rochellewisoff May 1, 2019 / 12:36

    Dear Keith,

    I had to laugh that he followed directions and still landed in the hospital. Well done.



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  5. Sandra May 1, 2019 / 14:22

    Each according to their own, I guess. I wonder how I would give directions…

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  6. Rachel Bjerke May 1, 2019 / 15:32

    I hope he makes it out of the hospital for his first day! Or maybe the hospital is a wake up call?

    Either way, it’s a very entertaining story 🙂


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  7. granonine May 1, 2019 / 16:30

    An aboservation on the human experience all wrapped up in humor. Great piece.

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  8. msjadeli May 1, 2019 / 16:50

    Frantic, relaxed, then laid up, all in 100 words or less. Impressive!

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      • msjadeli May 1, 2019 / 17:45

        Paring it down from 340 to 100 shows you know what to keep. The story was clear and entertaining.

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  9. Na'ama Yehuda May 1, 2019 / 18:02

    What a fun story! And … yes to the human condition and the shifting perspectives of time, space, and the ways to get from A to Z … 😉

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  10. Dale May 1, 2019 / 22:40

    It’s funny. Just the other day I was saying that the art of asking for directions is being lost thanks to GPS.
    Loved this!

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  11. draliman May 2, 2019 / 07:33

    Ha, I love how everyone has their own perspective on the route, then he goes and visits everywhere. Good job he didn’t ask a policeman, he might have ended up in jail 🙂

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  12. Brenda's Thoughts May 2, 2019 / 08:57

    What a run around. At least people were helpful and he got the job, even though he landed in the hospital. Very entertaining tale! =)

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  13. patriciaruthsusan May 2, 2019 / 11:08

    Funny story, Keith. What would we do without landmarks? The same is true here. The direction will be beside, across the street from, above, near, etc. Directions are often asked along the way. 😀 — Suzanne

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  14. 4963andypop May 2, 2019 / 13:44

    Love how the wayfinding matches each personality. The priest’s reminds me of our Northern relative who was a minister coming down South and commenting that he had never seen so many steeples in one place before!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 2, 2019 / 15:21

      By coincidence, I heard something on the radio just an hour or so ago about that very subject! I live in Steeple-land!

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  15. gahlearner May 2, 2019 / 16:29

    That’s such a fun read, and I also wonder how I give directions, I have to pay attention to this in the future.

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  16. aheartforafrica641064503 May 2, 2019 / 19:42

    This was a fun piece, Keith 🙂

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  17. Abhijit Ray May 3, 2019 / 05:11

    Glad you got the job and thanked the lord. Next time, get a better direction and celebrate a little less. Getting selected is half the job, retaining it is another half.

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  18. Sascha Darlington May 4, 2019 / 00:31

    Ha. I love how each person fits their directions.

    And, yes, it’s nice to have life back to normal and go back to all of the usual challenges! 🙂

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  19. deborahsdeliberations May 4, 2019 / 03:38

    Haha. I enjoyed reading this, Keith.

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  20. notestowomen May 4, 2019 / 05:39

    Lol. This was a fun read, Keith. Different people, different landmarks all leading to the same place.

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  21. QueenBee May 4, 2019 / 07:20

    wow! That is a really interesting thought. Do we all really give directions according our perspective?
    Short and sweet it is!

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  22. Dawn Quyle Landau May 4, 2019 / 18:44

    Keith, such a clever, fun take on the prompt! From the first line, I enjoyed the various characters and the ultimate outcome. Great job!

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  23. Ruby Manchanda May 6, 2019 / 02:46

    Interesting write up. I enjoyed it thoroughly

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  24. subroto May 6, 2019 / 05:50

    Ha! Ha! Fun story. Congratulations on completing another A to Z, I couldn’t do it this year, maybe next time.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 6, 2019 / 10:04

      Glad you liked it. So many people I followed in previous years stayed away this time. Next year? I’m not sure.


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