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Friday Fictioneers – Bandstand

27 March, 2015

Frific is the world famous flash fiction challenge set by one person and taken on by over a hundred. Rochelle sends a weekly prompt pic, and writers in every continent scratch out a 100-word mini-story in reply. This week we all received this in our inboxes:


and all across the world, we will all have been inspired in our own unique way. Here is my effort:



‘I hate weddings.’

‘Even our sister’s wedding?’

‘Especially this one. It’s the worst ever. I can’t even go to the kitchen for more food.’


‘Mum kicked me out. She’s in a foul mood, shouting about the washing up liquid going missing.’


‘Why are you grinning?’

‘Things are about to liven up. Watch…’


The brass band lifted their instruments and began to play. French horn players spluttered. Trumpeters frowned. A trombonist wiped a strange taste from his lips. Shimmering under the bright bandstand lights, a stream of rainbow-speckled bubbles drifted upwards from eighteen instruments and into the evening sky.


  1. LOL! The dishsoap has been found… Very funny!

  2. Dale permalink

    Fun stuff!

  3. Oh! Very funny, A trickster in their midst.

  4. Mom was a prankster alright. Sounds like a Lucy episode but with no laugh track.

    Love the image – A trombonist wiped a strange taste from his lips.

    Once again your thumb nail of the man in the chair is so cool.

  5. Dear TRG,

    Thanks for painting such a wonderful picture. I would like to see that one day, but for now, your story serves the purpose well.



    • Thanks Doug. It’s quite a popular thing over here that if a town or village has a fountain in the square then in the summer someone will put washing up liquid in it. Result – a village full of bubbles! So I sort of borrowed that idea

  6. Dear TRG, THIS IS WONDERFUL! How funny!! I think this would be a hoot. Good job, Nan

  7. Love it, very funny. Always wished I could pull a prank like that. 🙂

  8. This is so sweet! I’m sure that will be a wedding to remember – I just hope the bride and groom appreciate the prank, even if Mum doesn’t! 🙂

  9. Hilarious. I like how you led into the final chaotic scene with the low-key dialogue – nicely done.

  10. Bad … Bad … BAd … the worst thing to do to an instrument.
    Sounds like a case eof boredom. Interesting take on the prompt. 😎

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