A few words…

for Friday Fictioneers



Park-keeper Pete locked the gate and headed for the pub after a busy day minding the ice rink.

The pub was packed.  All eyes turned toward Pete as he entered, holding aloft a clip-board.

He picked up his pint from the bar.

The crowd fell silent.

He took a sip.

‘Come on Pete’, called an onlooker.

He put down his glass.

The atmosphere was electric.

‘Right, now for today’s tally’.

Everyone held their breath.

‘Nine kids had accidents. Broken bones two, sprained ankles seven’  he shouted,  ‘which makes Jonny today’s winner!’

‘Yes!’ yelled Jonny.

‘The betting’s now open for tomorrow’s session’,  bellowed Pete.



Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and to our friend Dale for the photo.



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67 thoughts on “A few words…

  1. hilarymb Jan 29, 2020 / 16:46

    Hi Keith – no wonder the ambulances can’t get to other patients … they’re obviously down the ice-rink and then the pub after this story! Fun take though on the image – cheers Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 29, 2020 / 17:02

      They didn’t need to visit the pub Hilary, that lot were purely betting on the accident rate at the ice rink that day!

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      • hilarymb Jan 29, 2020 / 17:20

        Sorry – realised that … I meant that ambulances wouldn’t be available for other members of the public – as they were picking up the ice-rink casuaities … and then the medics could go to the pub … but yes I see what you’re saying … cheers H

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  2. Iain Kelly Jan 29, 2020 / 17:07

    I sensed your story may relate to someone falling on the ice, and you did not disappoint 🙂

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  3. Na'ama Yehuda Jan 29, 2020 / 19:02

    This week alone, three children that I know of fell and hurt their arms in the neighborhood. Perhaps it’s an epidemic? 😉

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  4. rochellewisoff Jan 29, 2020 / 20:13

    Dear Keith,

    Talk about someone profiting from someone else’s misery! I’ll admit. I laughed. Good one. 😀



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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 30, 2020 / 09:49

      A proper community pub – like the one I ran, although I wouldn’t have gone with this particular gambling event!

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  5. Anita Jan 30, 2020 / 09:12

    There’s one winner.
    Am sure even after the broken bones, the rest will still join later when they are okay! 🙂
    Have a great week!

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  6. ceayr Jan 30, 2020 / 11:12

    I wonder how many Jonny nobbled?
    Well, what’s a few broken kids between friends!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 30, 2020 / 15:28

      He probly scatters a few obstcles. But kids don’t care, they see plaster casts as trophies!


  7. pennygadd51 Jan 30, 2020 / 17:22

    I guess Pete thinks that the accidents are happening regardless, so he might as well profit. Cracking title, too!

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  8. plaridel Jan 30, 2020 / 17:55

    it’s a new world indeed. it has come to pass that you can bet on anything these days. 🙂

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  9. Dale Jan 31, 2020 / 18:06

    Seriously… he must have someone on the inside making these accidents happen!!


  10. susanmehr Feb 1, 2020 / 23:20

    I have been reading FF for a while and I do enjoy reading everyone’s stories. Confidence is my issue and so I’ve taken the next step and participating, hoping to conquer it. Sorry for the late reply, apart from trying to find enough personal time to read all the stories, I was afraid to switch on my computer for the fact I thought it might explode. Australia is a little crispy right now. 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 2, 2020 / 16:12

      I’m so pleased you are joining in. You probably need something to divert your mind from the terrible enents you are witnessing right now. Stay safe.


  11. Mike Feb 5, 2020 / 00:45

    Well I am now glad that I was too late to attend the skating. Or should that be writing🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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