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Friday Fictioneers – Live

4 April, 2014

If it’s Friday, it must be FriFic! The weekly Flash Fiction Festival around the globe! Here is this week’s prompt as supplied by Rochelle:


and these are the 100 words it sparked in my imagination:


I hear the applause. All those nights in clubs and pubs, in open-mic shows and comedy showdowns, have all been leading up to this moment. My moment.

Ignore the audience at home, they told me in the green room, look into the camera like it’s a mirror. Just say the words like you’re practising in your bedroom.

The rehearsal went great, but I didn’t let that carry me too high. I stayed focussed, kept concentrating, channelled the nerves into adrenaline.

And that adrenaline peaks as I stride out into the lights.


“Good evening ladies and gentlemen! My name is…. erm….”



  1. Poor guy, not a good start. I really feel for him!

  2. Ouch. Better luck next time.

  3. Eeek! I’ve seen people ‘die’ like that in meetings. You just want to hide from the embarrassment for them…

  4. I can sympathize. Well done.

  5. Dear RG,

    A night he’ll remember the rest of his life…and not with fondness. Good lead up and stunning (or stunned, as it were) ending.



  6. Ouch! A bit too real. Good build-up to an all-too-common ending.


  7. Funny stuff, darling. You really captured the nervous tension.

  8. Sounds just like you!

  9. Don’t let nervousness get the best of you. A well-written piece! 🙂

    – Matthew

  10. Oh dear. It’s always the simplest things cause most problems. Love the confident way you set this up to the faltering ending.

  11. Poor, poor man. Where was the teleprompter when he needed it. That must be every entertainer’s nightmare. Maybe he can joke his way out of it. Really well done.

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