A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers




‘It’s a roller coaster’ I said. 

‘I know’ he groaned staring into his coffee.

‘What fun!’ 

‘Fun? Really?’


‘Maybe for you’ he moaned.

‘It’s exciting!’ I gushed.


‘Of course!’ 

‘One day high, the next low’ he droned.

‘What are you talking about?’ I asked.

‘Life. Up, down, round and round’ he mumbled. 

‘I’m not talking about life‘ I said, ‘I’m … just finish your coffee and come with me’.

‘Life’s like coffee.  Sometimes hot.  Sometimes cold.  Sweet, bitter’.

I gave up and headed for the roller coaster on my own.

Up I shot, fantastic!  Down I plunged, woo!  Sideways, yea!  Upsidedown, help!

Just like life I thought! 


steeplechaseThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Roger Bultot for the picture.

Click on the Froggies to join in the fun!mmmmmm

64 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. Christine Goodnough Dec 9, 2020 / 15:09

    A neat little tale — just been through one of those myself. And you’ve outdone yourself with the graphics today — your frog roller coaster would make a good book cover!
    Hmm… Rosie Finds Her Prince? Or maybe something technical like, The Path to Financial Success?

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  2. rochellewisoff Dec 9, 2020 / 15:35

    Dear Keith,

    Once on the ride, he certainly waxed philosophical, didn’t he? Love the frog(s). So clever. Once more I leave your page smiling.



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    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 10, 2020 / 11:19

      He did! I’m sure the frogs will be delighted with your comment! Thanks so much, Rochelle.


  3. Mike Dec 9, 2020 / 16:19

    You took me on the rollercoaster of life. Well done

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  4. Iain Kelly Dec 9, 2020 / 17:41

    Sometimes we can read to much into what people are saying! Good fun indeed Keith.

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  5. msjadeli Dec 9, 2020 / 22:02

    I really like how you wove the literal and the metaphorical together here. Nicely done. Fun froggie rollercoaster. I love literal rollercoasters!

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  6. trishsplace Dec 10, 2020 / 01:28

    At cross purposes and yet still on the same page. I smiled my way through this.

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  7. Sandra Dec 10, 2020 / 09:50

    I don’t know which I look forward to most, your stories or your frogs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 10, 2020 / 11:32

      Thanks so much. I do and they take longer to create than the story they accompany!


  8. Vicki Dec 10, 2020 / 16:52

    I love this! It sounds like a conversation I’ve had with my grown son many times 🙂

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  9. Dale Dec 11, 2020 / 03:25

    Funny how we can say the same thing but not hear each other.
    Excellent write and great job on the frogs!

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  10. Woman walking Max Dec 12, 2020 / 19:41

    Nicely plotted Keith, I like the exchange between the characters and the ending too, very well ended.

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  11. Na'ama Yehuda Dec 12, 2020 / 21:40

    Poor frogs lost their lunch.
    I’ll take my life with extra stabelizers, thank you very much. No elective roller-coasters for me! 😉

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