Ninety-six words…

for Friday Fictioneers




He had to do something with the money. He needed it to work for him. But where to invest it? He had to decide, and quickly.

There were several options. Some safe but not very profitable, others risky but with a chance of reaping enormous rewards.

There was only one way to decide. A stab in the dark. He closed his eyes and prodded the paper.


The ground shook as the horses thundered past, each jockeying for first place – except his which trotted by like a disinterested donkey.

Right. Race two. Number six looks hopeful, but…..



pastedgraphic-9Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle. This weeks picture is from J Hardy Carroll


Prod the donkey to see what others have written!

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80 thoughts on “Ninety-six words…

  1. rochellewisoff May 22, 2019 / 11:31

    Dear Keith,

    That was a different stab than I was expecting. 😉 Well done.



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  2. Christine Goodnough May 22, 2019 / 11:48

    Which proves once again that a stab in the dark leaves a rend in the purse. You’ve drawn a great picture of the chronic gambler.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 22, 2019 / 12:27

      Perfectly put! I’ll remember that next time I’m at the races. Cheers Christine.


  3. Tannille May 22, 2019 / 12:05

    Won some, lose most. Hope he had better luck next time. Or quit before he loses the lot.

    A creative take on the prompt.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 22, 2019 / 12:39

      It is, and fun if you set strict spending limits – that’s what I do at the races! Cheers Colline.

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  4. granonine May 22, 2019 / 14:03

    Oh, good one! Seems he may need to find a less expensive hobby, though 🙂

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  5. patriciaruthsusan May 22, 2019 / 14:04

    That was an imaginative way to use the prompt, Keith. I loved the horse he chose that “trotted by like a disinterested donkey.” Hilarious. A good story and well written. 😀 — Suzanne

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  6. J Hardy Carroll May 22, 2019 / 15:42

    I relate to this. I moved to Iowa because I threw a dart at a map on the wall. It landed in the trash 😉

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  7. Stu May 22, 2019 / 15:52

    Gambling is essentially that. A stab in the dark.

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  8. Na'ama Yehuda May 23, 2019 / 00:56

    Well, he took a stab at it.
    Next time, perhaps he can improve his aim … 😉
    Nicely done!

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  9. Reena Saxena May 23, 2019 / 03:53

    Well, they say that horses with the largest bets on them always lose 😀 Hilarious take!

    I like the last line ‘Prod the donkey’.


  10. Abhijit Ray May 23, 2019 / 12:04

    Investment options must be studied carefully. Wrong investment decision can wreck havoc.

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  11. draliman May 23, 2019 / 12:34

    I’m not sure gambling is what’s meant by “making your money work for you”!
    Slightly disappointed no-one got stabbed in the dark 🙂

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  12. Dale May 23, 2019 / 16:25

    Unless the race is fixed, gambling is always a shot in the dark.
    Excellent take on the prompt, Keith.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 24, 2019 / 10:54

      Don’t I know it! It’s fun though if you have a go occasionally and bet sensibly. I’m off to the races with some friends in a few weeks. Wish me luck!

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  13. Laurie Bell May 23, 2019 / 21:42

    Hahaha a funny tale of desperation. I think he’s made several wrong choices

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 24, 2019 / 10:50

      One day he might make the write one! I never have much at the races myself.


  14. David Stewart May 24, 2019 / 00:38

    That’s a great way to get rid of all the money quickly, if that’s what he was after. 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 25, 2019 / 09:19

      As a bit of fun it’s okay – but not so good when it becomes addictive. Thanks Liz


  15. subroto May 25, 2019 / 00:03

    I know that feeling. The favourite in the last Melbourne cup cam in last. I hope he is glue by now.

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  16. Tessa May 25, 2019 / 02:20

    What a way to choose. There is no real way to choose something like that anyhow. Good job!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 25, 2019 / 09:09

      That’s exactly the way I choose when I’m at the races! Doesn’t work for me either! Cheers Tessa

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      • Tessa May 26, 2019 / 04:26

        Same to you! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  17. michaelwynnauthor May 25, 2019 / 12:32

    Great, just great. Made me laugh and you took all the main keywords and actions and produced a very original take on the prompt. Brilliant

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  18. Russell Gayer May 25, 2019 / 12:37

    Good one, Keith. Nothing like A Day at the Races. I believe there was a Marx Brothers movie by that name.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 27, 2019 / 10:19

      They certainly can if it moves from a bit of fun to addiction. Thanks Kalpana.


  19. michael1148humphris May 25, 2019 / 23:39

    This tale of betting woe made me smile, it was great

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 27, 2019 / 09:45

      I never win which is why I only place teeny weeny bets when I’m at the races! Cheers Björn


  20. Inside the Mind of Isadora May 29, 2019 / 17:51

    Fun take and expensive. Having just watched the Kentucky Derby with the twists that can occur,
    I’ll pass on gambling for the winner.
    Isadora 😎

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