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Friday Fictioneers – Workshop

31 January, 2014

It’s time for the weekly dose of microfiction, as prompted by Rochelle. Here is this week’s pic:

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and oh look, I’ve written 100 words:

 

After the foreman’s funeral – the third employee that year taken by lung cancer – the boss painted the “NO SMOKING” sign on the beams. The staff were furious, threatened to walk out, insisted the cigarettes were blameless, were good for you (“everybody knows it”), but the sign and the ban remained. “You’ll thank me one day,” he said.

Fortyplus years have passed since then, as have most of the staff. Many succumbed to lung cancer, the boss included.

Those old buildings were in the news today, work on their demolition had to be halted. Asbestos was found in the roof.

……

In other news, I am recruiting writers to take part in a new FICTION RELAY which is due to start very soon. Read my post here where you can find out all you need to know and register your interest.

 

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27 Comments
  1. Gads! If it’s not one thing it’s another! Great story!

  2. Ah well. He did what he could. No way to know about the asbestos, right? Nice twist.

  3. And before asbestos it was coal dust, and probably bone dust before that.

  4. There’s a kick. Ironic, isn’t it. We do our best and then …

  5. I enjoyed this story. I hate to think how much asbestos is probably still around.

  6. Dear RG,

    It’s always something, isn’t it? No one knew the dangers of asbestos back in the day. It was a good thing because it didn’t burn. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  7. Ah,for hidden perils!A great take:-)

  8. Something’s gotta kill ya.

  9. Oops. Irony at its best. Nicely done!

  10. Very true story – there is an asbestos house in our neighborhood that had to be completely gutted to get rid of the stuff – Good story!

  11. you know how I feel about your writing….now if i’m not on your shitlist, i’d love to relay the fiction 😉

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