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Friday Fictioneers – Decorating

16 September, 2016

We interrupt your regular blogfeed to bring you a newsflash!

We are getting reports from all over the world of a phenomenon that people are calling FriFic spreading across the globe. Eyewitnesses are claiming this international outbreak was prompted by one they call Rochelle sending an email containing a picture

shaktikiff2which experts say was taken by Shaktiki Sharma.

Details are still sketchy as the situation develops, but our reporter in the field has heard mention of a strange blue frog, and a website where the “FriFicers” exchange messages and 100 words each.

Wait, what’s this? I’ve just been handed a piece of paper with 100 words from TRG. We are publishing them here. Read them, and leave a comment in the box below….



Our wedding was exactly as my childhood fantasy had dreamed; white dress, July sun, village church. Followed by the perfect honeymoon; Venice, Florence, Mediterranean cruise.

Afterwards, he carried me over the threshold of our dream home. Or it would be, he said, when he had fixed it up, installed the en suite, rebuilt the kitchen.

Three years on, the fixing-up isn’t finished. Every night he’s drilling, sawing, hammering. Could be worse, my girlfriends say, I know where he is at nights. Two of them, married after me, are already separated. At least my man is only banging nails into walls.




  1. Ha! Well told. And yes more fortunate than some. Only i hope that bathroom gets fixed!!

  2. Great story, great voice, and great punch line.

    Two hammers up on this one!


  3. gahlearner permalink

    I’d say she is lucky. Hopefully he’s ready before the kids come. I love it (and the intro).

  4. Dear RG.

    Your last line had me laughing out loud. Good one.


    The one known as Rochelle

  5. Ah yes, all that banging can cause irreparable damage, some say.
    Clever and funny, sir.

  6. Oh, this did bring a smile.

  7. Super exposition and situational character responses. My favorite line is, “Could be worse, my girlfriends say, I know where he is at nights.” Well, hey. As they say in Fiddler on The Roof, “If that isn’t love, what is?”

    Great read, TRG!

    • Thank you very much! To be honest, this was rush-written in one take without the chance to edit and I didn’t know if it worked, but now I go back to it I think I got away with it 🙂

  8. Haha I like your newsflash take on Fictioneers. Very clever. And followed by a brilliant story! Maybe they should have spent less on the wedding and honeymoon and more on the starter home. But hey, her girlfriends are right. It could definitely be worse! I think they’ll work it out. 🙂

    • Thanks Miss T 🙂 I like your thinking – the honeymoon is over quickly enough, but the house lasts a lifetime. Like their marriage will, I hope.

  9. Yes, it’s always good to hear your husband banging….nails.

  10. Nice play on words at the end. 🙂

  11. It’s always good for young men to have a project. Her girlfriends are right. Great story.

  12. Nicely written … the last line says it all.
    Isadora 😎

  13. Great last line!

  14. I loved the introduction to this. Good story. She’s right of course. He’s right there banging those nails. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne

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