A tiddly tale …

for Friday Fictioneers 




I looked every part the archaeologist and as I gingerly clambered across the ancient ruins. I was fully prepared. A torch for peering deep below the slabs, a brush with which to flicker any artefacts I might find. My mission? To locate one particular item and nothing would stand in my way. 

Was it here? No. Was it there? Maybe.  We’ll see.

The sun was sinking in the west, time was my enemy, but I’d not be defeated.

Suddenly it appeared. Imagine my joy! My mobile phone, the phone I must have dropped when I sat to eat my sandwich the previous day!



bet-shanThanks to Rochelle for hosting, and for the photo. 

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51 thoughts on “A tiddly tale …

  1. Denise Mar 23, 2022 / 17:35

    I have lost both a gold bracelet and a pair of sunglasses, only to find them a year later in a flower bed. At least I could call my cell phone with my antique landline.


    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 23, 2022 / 17:50

      My landline hasn’t ding-a-linged since my Mum died a couple of years ago, but given your experience, I guess it still has its uses!


  2. Iain Kelly Mar 23, 2022 / 21:13

    Archaeologists of the future will be discovering these strange devices everywhere. What will they make of them I wonder 🤔

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  3. Bill Mar 23, 2022 / 22:52

    Very clearly a life or death story. Well done, Keith.

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  4. Sandra Mar 24, 2022 / 10:58

    For some that might be the most valuable item to be found in the ruins. Good one, Keith.

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  5. Mason Bushell Mar 24, 2022 / 16:23

    Phones have bad habits of taking off without telling us don’t they? Nice one, Keith!

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  6. David Stewart Mar 25, 2022 / 00:17

    How true this is. I’ve embarked on archeological expeditions in my house just to find my phone, let alone if I dropped it somewhere else. He’s happier than if he’d found a golden treasure, I’m sure.

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  7. Michael Mar 25, 2022 / 00:38

    You made me smile, just great

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  8. rochellewisoff Mar 25, 2022 / 13:32

    Dear Keith,

    While not an archeological artefact, definitely a welcome find. Now he can catch up on his text messages. You made me chuckle. Good one!



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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 26, 2022 / 17:21

      Technology moves so fast that even 10-year-old phones look like ancient relics! Delighted you enjoyed it, Rochelle.


  9. draliman Mar 25, 2022 / 16:45

    Thank goodness our intrepid archaeologist found his prize! More valuable than some dusty old vase 🙂

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  10. Gattina Mar 26, 2022 / 09:19

    If I sing everybody will run away ! Same with my husband and son ! Only the cats sing nice in this family !

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  11. James McEwan Mar 26, 2022 / 09:58

    I am glad you found your mobile, clearly not a modern Smart one but an old relic from the 80s, no doubt. A treasure of sorts.
    I like the gentle humour that made me smile.

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  12. plaridel Mar 26, 2022 / 16:36

    he’s lucky to find his phone before somebody does. not everyone is that fortunate. 🙂

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  13. Margaret Mar 26, 2022 / 22:47

    He’s so well set up! He must have had lots of experience in losing and finding things to have developed such a useful skill set – and equipment. Fun story.

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  14. msjadeli Mar 27, 2022 / 04:19

    I enjoyed the image you created as much as the story itself. I’m glad he found his artifact successfully 🙂

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  15. pennygadd51 Mar 28, 2022 / 15:21

    If you hadn’t drunk wine with your packed lunch, you’d probably never have lost the phone. Teehee, I enjoyed your story, Keith!


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