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Friday Fictioneers – Business

7 July, 2017

It’s been yet another busy week at Reclining Towers what with one thing and another; so busy that it wasn’t till Thursday that I had a chance to open Rochelle‘s email and see the prompt pic that Clare Sheldon took

and start considering my hundred words. If you fancy reading the thousands of other entries, all infinitely better than my hurried effort, hop on board the Blue Bus to Frogtopia.

And if you want, you can read mine too….


Making one cuddly penguin for his daughter had led to Gerald’s journey into business, opening his own toy company and shop. For two years, the business had exceeded all his hopes; he had become a fulltime entrepreneur. More than fulltime in fact – too much work meant turning down orders while others were delivered late.

Customers’ calls slowed, shop sales faltered as footfall dwindled. Until one Saturday afternoon – peak sales time – he sat alone in the shop, with enough to balance his books using multicoloured pens.

Cost savings like recycling staples were no longer enough. The journey was over.

  1. Too much expansion, too fast. A familiar tale from the business pages these days. Nice take.

  2. Dear TRG,

    Sometimes those small businesses are a flash in the pan, aren’t they? Good one.



  3. Dale permalink

    How quickly one’s dream can flip. Happens to way too many folks.
    Well done, Sir!

  4. Sad.k Probably happens a lot. In our town, I’ve watched many small businesses come and go over the years. Big dreams, hard landings.

  5. Feels like the story of a lot of businesses out there, especially those who get caught up in the latest trend or fad. Well written, sir!

  6. The higher you fly the longer the fall… hope that he had some cuddly penguins left for himself.

  7. michael1148humphris permalink

    That’s business, I do hope he gets up and tries something new. But not writing, for there is a lot of us out there.🙂

  8. Awww… Well done. You really did give us the whole story from beginning to end in 100 words. 🙂

  9. Yeah, this happens a lot, unfortunately.

    Good encapsulation of a grand adventure, of sorts. 🙂

  10. It happens…you described it well.

  11. gahlearner permalink

    I can only add: happens, too sad. I’m sure there’s help and advice for small businesses out there, but do people have the time to take it? Well told.

  12. It sounds like he was good at building the business but not at delegating responsibility. There’s a point where you can’t do it all yourself. Good story, RG. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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