A timely tale …

for Friday Fictioneers





Blast, I’ve missed the tram by three minutes. They are every thirty minutes so I’ll have to wait twenty-seven minutes for the next one. 

Just a minute, there’s a bus from the next street which is just three minute’s walk away, and there’s one due in nine minutes. It takes four minutes longer, but it’ll still arrive several minutes before the tram which is now due in twenty-six minutes.

Walking there would take roughly forty-five minutes, jogging about thirty-nine minutes, or running, around twenty-eight minutes.

Actually, there’s a pub five minutes away that opens in four minutes. Let’s go there instead! 



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50 thoughts on “A timely tale …

  1. James McEwan Dec 28, 2022 / 19:27

    Yahoo, the shortcut to the pub will mean you don’t get to your destination in time, if or maybe not. Have fun, you know; one for the road.

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  2. Michael Dec 28, 2022 / 20:08

    I have been here and got tee shirt, tram Sunday at Fleetwood. Seasonal greetings to you

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  3. GHLearner Dec 28, 2022 / 20:33

    Very good decision, he will certainly miss the next tram, too, but won’t mind so much when he calculates how long it takes to pour the next beer.

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  4. Suzette Benjamin Dec 28, 2022 / 21:07

    Yes, all that algebra/mathematics does make one consider a pint as well.
    Nicely done, Keith, as always.

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  5. messymimi's meanderings Dec 29, 2022 / 01:22

    You may not make your appointment or original destination, but i do believe you will enjoy not making that appointment or destination!

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  6. rochellewisoff Dec 29, 2022 / 12:51

    Dear Keith,

    The numbers sent my head into a tailspin. All that calculation for a cold one? He must be very thirsty. 😉 Thanks for the chuckles.




  7. Bill Dec 29, 2022 / 17:26

    Wonderful story, Keith. You have unlocked the secret of the Universe using both math and impeccable logic. 🙂

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  8. Dawn Dec 30, 2022 / 11:09

    According to the math, the pub is clearly the answer! 💞


  9. susanrouchard Dec 30, 2022 / 12:39

    ha, ha Keith. Decision making…..Wishing you all the best and inspired writing, travels and photography for the coming year.


  10. Anita Dec 30, 2022 / 13:27

    Our timely choices define us 🙂 Cheers!

    By the way, is the name of the pub- “The Revenant”?
    You can look for the clue about the keys! 🙂
    Very interesting stories, Keith!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 30, 2022 / 17:28

      Indeed they do Anita! The pub in this tale isn’t The Revenant, unlike the one in my continuing story, fortunately!


  11. poetisatinta Dec 30, 2022 / 18:50

    Great use of the prompt…have one on me Happy New Year 🙂


  12. Nobbinmaug Dec 31, 2022 / 03:20

    I’ve been there. You definitely made a wise choice.


  13. Liz Young Dec 31, 2022 / 12:20

    You’ve still got to reach your destination eventually – don’t turn up drunk!


  14. msjadeli Jan 1, 2023 / 03:14

    Oh how I love your math. I can imagine someone who takes public transportation does those kinds of calculations all of the time. And of course the equation is perfectly balanced by the pub. Happy New Year Keith!


  15. Patricia Clair Jan 2, 2023 / 23:12

    Sometimes the best and simplest path leads through the pub! Cheers!!


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