A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers




“Wake up Gilbert, it’s blowing a gale out there,” said Gertrude as their mobile home shook sending a vase of flowers crashing to the floor. “So much for the lie-in we were looking forward to”.

Gilbert sat up, rubbed his bleary eyes and dragged back the curtain.

“More like a tornado Gert, I’d swear I just saw a tree blow past. There goes another, and a road sign!”

The shack shuddered and swayed.

“I said we should have bought a proper house” grumbled Gertrude.


The truck driver’s phone rang.

“You idiot” shouted his boss. “You were supposed to collect mobile thirty-seven, not twenty-seven!”


strutzThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Ted Strutz for the picture.

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71 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. Denise May 5, 2021 / 15:38

    Hilarious. Did not see thst coming. Unfortunately the two tornadoes I’ve experienced were not hilarious at all.

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  2. pennygadd51 May 5, 2021 / 15:53

    Oooh! What on earth would you do if you woke up in that situation? Terrifying!

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  3. Christine Goodnough May 5, 2021 / 16:35

    Love the ending twist! With several RTM builders in our area, on our little highway we see houses go past frequently — but none of them with occupants. 🙂

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  4. Iain Kelly May 5, 2021 / 17:18

    Oops, well at least they get an adventure out of it. I suspect the driver may be looking for new employment…

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  5. Elizabeth Young May 5, 2021 / 18:10

    Oops! Though how they got the trailer onto a low-loader without shaking the occupants awake is a mystery!

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  6. Michael May 5, 2021 / 19:56

    Tornadoes are nasty, and I expect that the driver is likely to get a nasty shock.

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  7. trentpmcd May 5, 2021 / 20:11

    ooops. I guess it’s better than the hitman going to number 27 instead of 37…

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  8. rochellewisoff May 5, 2021 / 20:41

    Dear Keith,

    Now that was an unexpected moving experience for them. 😀 Thanks for the laughs.



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  9. notestowomen May 5, 2021 / 22:22

    LOL. That driver must be going at a terrific speed for them to think of a gale and a tornado. Funny tale, Keith. Love the frogs.

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  10. Dora May 6, 2021 / 03:00

    LOL. You’re the master of misdirection and had me thinking of tornadoes and whatnot. This was not a good day for the benighted couple, but then again, what if they’ve been relocated free of charge to a Mediterranean beach?! Happy ending!

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  11. hilarymb May 6, 2021 / 08:40

    Hi Keith – funny – poor old Gilbert and Gertrude … I wonder what happens next?! A good story to have up one’s sleeve! Cheers, seems less windy, today – Hilary
    PS – carpet gardens are over … and the mix of colours wasn’t brilliant – that little pocket sang out to me … so give it another 3 – 4 weeks I’d suggest … but always there …


    • Keith's Ramblings May 6, 2021 / 11:31

      I wonder too! I’m sure it’s a story they’ll be relating forevermore!

      Thanks for the info re. the carpet gardens, I’ll give it a month!


  12. James McEwan May 6, 2021 / 08:50

    It is good to know that Gilbert and Gertrude are deep sleepers, although waking up when your house has gone for a tour along the road might spoil breakfast. What about the paper delivery and the post, how could they possible start the day with the Daily Standard to read.

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  13. plaridel May 6, 2021 / 18:49

    i don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but mistakes do happen. 🙂

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  14. GHLearner May 6, 2021 / 22:13

    Heheh, I admit I did see it coming, and laughed all the more for it. Great fun.

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  15. draliman May 7, 2021 / 13:36

    Ha ha, my other story idea was this, but I couldn’t make it work. Nicely done with the “storm” 🙂

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  16. D. Avery @shiftnshake May 7, 2021 / 14:54

    Ha, that’s a good one well done.
    Something like happened to me. My now husband our dogs and I were staying temporarily in a truck camper that was on blocks in a friend’s back yard. It had been sold but not picked up by the new owner yet. I woke thinking there was an earthquake.

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  17. msjadeli May 8, 2021 / 05:32

    I hate it when that happens! Your story gave me a big chuckle, Keith.

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