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Friday Fictioneers – Bargain

14 March, 2019

It’s been said many times that the best way to beat Block is to write. This week when I opened Rochelle‘s email and saw Anshu Bhojnagarwala‘s prompt pic

I wasn’t immediately inspired. In fact nothing came to mind at all. But having missed two weeks I was determined to FriFric this week so started typing, not knowing where I would end up if anywhere. And it seemed I was going nowhere at all until my fingers typed the final paragraph with apparently no input from me, and the story was complete. A quick edit to hit the 100-word target and I was done, and ready share my post with the others over in Frogtopia.

Pop over there yourself if you like and see what everyone else has written. But before you do, cast an eye over my effort below….


When Mum saw what she considered a bargain, she was undeterred. “It’s a monstrosity,” Dad hissed, “none of us play piano, not even Liberace could get a note from a rotting carcass.”
But, grinning, she handed over half the asking price.


“That’s not coming in the house,” Dad ruled when it was delivered.
“It’s not for in the house,” she said, directing the driver to the patio. She filled the piano with soil and bulbs, and waited.

“What a stunning arrangement,” Auntie declared at the Spring barbecue, “such a novel idea.”
“Thanks,” Dad shrugged, nonchalantly, “I try.”
Mum, watching, smiled.


  1. Dear RG,

    You have me wondering if Dad has convinced himself it really was his idea? Nicely done.



  2. And yet, he takes the credit… sigh…

    Fun stuff, Sir!

  3. It just takes a bit of thinking outside the box, or piano.

  4. Well I think mum should have taken the credit! Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. Trust Dad eh?!! Good stuff

  6. What a gracious lady to let hm take the credit.

  7. Tut tut Dad! I wonder if he found himself in trouble when everybody left for home!

  8. Cheeky so and so, taking credit for her inspired idea! Sweet tale, made me smile

  9. gahlearner permalink

    Oh yeah, he takes the credit. And she has something to bargain with in the future. Interesting dynamic between them. We all know people like this, great description of the characters.

  10. This almost seems like a dance this couple does, point and counterpoint. Interesting characters.

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