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Friday Fictioneers – Street

14 November, 2014

There has been huge excitement all around the world this week as the Philae Lander sent its pictures and messages from 300 million miles away. I shared that excitement, the wonder at the human race’s creativity and ingenuity. But even a message from the surface of a coment shaped like a rubber duckie isn’t as thrilling as receiving Rochelle‘s prompt pic email. And every Friday we can wonder at creativity and ingenuity as writers the world over create 100-word stories. Here is a quick reminder of this week’s pic:



And these are the 100 words I chose:


The man began to cough loudly, violently, retchingly. He bent forward, bit into the fake blood capsule between his teeth. His friend stood over him, comforted him in a language that originated continents away, that was unknown to passing ears. But in a voice clear enough for all those on the busy shopping street to hear, he used the word Ebola.

Heads turned, feet crossed the street.


Two blocks north, Tony told his partner, “The secret of a successful business is to make people desperate to buy something they didn’t know they wanted.”

Tony opened his case of face masks.

  1. Dear RG,

    Well there’s a salesman who knows how to drum up business and create mass panic. Well played.



  2. Dear Mr. Gentleman, website overloaded. Love this story. Good gimmick.



  3. Timely story. Well done.

  4. Brilliant – well set up, and great kick at the end.
    Nicely written.

  5. This is a perfect con-man story. And there will always be con-men! Well done.

  6. Fear the size of Texas can make people do strange things. This story is on the mark.

  7. Great story! I wonder how many businesses were started like that. . . . .it is probably better not to know ! v

  8. Oh that’s wicked. I hope he doesn’t get found out or he might be lynched.

  9. Totally tasteless, but somebody had to write it.

  10. Oh dear. How low we can go. The ‘successful business’ strategy is spot on. Well told

  11. Dear Reclining Gentleman, That’s like yelling “Fire” in a movie theater. Good story and I bet if his friend tells anyone about the prank-for-profit scheme, he will be in big trouble! Good story! Nan 🙂

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