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A Day in the Life

Knock me down with a feather if it isn’t time for Friday Fictioneers once again! As ever this 100 word photo prompt is hosted by the talented Rochelle, and this week the photo has been supplied by Sean Fallon. You can read all the entries here – the list will grow over the next few days, so visit often!

After last week’s shock ending, this week I’ve decided to try a sort of monologue. I have modelled the star of my story after Douglas Adams’ “Marvin the Paranoid Android“, as he has the same depressed, pessimistic “not sure if I care any more” attitude. Here goes!


Copyright Sean Fallon

Well, isn’t this just great. As if it wasn’t enough that some bad-tempered overly-touchy god turned me into a mannequin, now some ne’er-do-well has disassembled me.

Wait, here comes someone!

Madam, hello? Please, stick my legs back on?

No-one can hear me. Figures.

What’s this? No, doggie. No! LEG DOWN… well, isn’t this just the crowning point of my day. I’m wet, I smell and I’m in bits.

Who’s this coming now? They’re coming my way! Straight towards me!

Hello? HELLO? Help?

Oh. It’s the garbage men. Come to collect.


That’s just made my day, that has.

Bloody marvellous.

  1. November 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    (giggle). I think that defined “having a bad day.”


    • November 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I hate to think what’s going to happen next! “What’s that noise? Garbage masher. Well, that just makes the perfect ending to a perfect day. Hmmph.”


  2. November 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Love Marvin and you channeled him awesomely. Well done! 😀


    • November 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks! I thought of the story outline in my head and then thought, “hang on, I know that voice – it’s Marvin!”, so I moulded it towards him when I wrote it down.


  3. November 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Awwww! Poor manny Marvin 😦


    • November 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Not the best of days for Marve.


  4. November 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I don’t know Marvin, but I enjoyed his voice anyway, especially the doggie part. How frustrating not to be able to kick the little beggar!



    • November 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      It must be pretty annoying to have to just “sit” there and let it happen! Little did he imagine his day was about to get worse.


  5. November 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Hahahahaha! I think your mannequin has had almost as crappy a day as mine 😉


    • November 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Oh no! I hope today has been a bit better. I wouldn’t wish my mannequin’s day on anyone 😦


  6. November 21, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Wow, what a horrible way to go, trash masher. Maybe he will be spared somehow next week?
    Yup, I relate to Marvins bad day also.


    • November 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Maybe he will randomly fall back together in the back of the truck and be able to run off. Fingers crossed!
      I hope today was better for you.


  7. kz
    November 21, 2013 at 8:28 am

    lol thanks for the laugh. this was excellent 🙂


    • November 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I like to make people laugh, but I wasn’t sure how many people would get this style of humour.


  8. November 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Very entertaining. I enjoyed every piece of it, but especially your last grumbled remarks!


    • November 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      I think by the end he wasn’t particularly surprised at anything that might befall him next – he’d come to expect the worst.


  9. H. Ken Abell
    November 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    He’s a prototype… I can tell.
    Love HHGTTG…. very well done.


    • November 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I think judging by his level of success he probably is a prototype.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it and identified a little of Marvin in my mannequin!


  10. November 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    This is excellent! One man’s three piece mannequin is another man’s rubbish….


    • November 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Heh heh, very good!
      I guess the bin men just didn’t see the mannequin’s true potential (as a grumbling moaning depressive :-)).


  11. November 22, 2013 at 12:06 am

    At least, he still has his stellar six pack going for him and he never has a bad hair day. The glass is always half full, right? 🙂
    Great story my Dralifriend!


    • November 22, 2013 at 7:19 am

      There is that I guess, you optimist, you 🙂
      He’ll be the hunk of the landfill site.


  12. November 22, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I don’t know Marvin either but he doesn’t seem to have a very happy existence.


    • November 22, 2013 at 7:20 am

      No, he doesn’t! All he does is complain – about everything.


  13. November 22, 2013 at 6:14 am

    This is a really bad day! But he sounds quite phlegmatic about things. Nice one.


    • November 22, 2013 at 7:21 am

      He’s taking it all in his stride (at least he would be if his legs were attached).


  14. November 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Dear Draliman,

    The voice in this is entertaining. I could hear him loud and clear. Droll and matter of fact. Funny.




    • November 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s a sort of “seen it all, it always happens to me, just typical” resigned sort of voice!


  15. November 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    This guy just can’t catch a break. Maybe one of the garbage men will keep him instead of throwing him out.


    • November 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Hey yeah, I didn’t think of that! A nice mannequin in the corner for hanging his Sunday best on. Perhaps my mannequin’s luck is about to change!


      • November 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        Haha, see, a mannequin could have all kinds of uses! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him.


  16. November 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I liked your story. He will most likely end up in the store at the City Dump.


    • November 24, 2013 at 4:53 am

      That’s true – maybe someone will rescue him. I’m sure he’ll look great in a student residence!


  17. November 24, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Perfectly judged voice.


    • November 24, 2013 at 4:57 am

      Thanks. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to convey it in just 100 words.


  18. November 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Well done, Draliman. A very entertaining read and clever use of the prompt. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    • November 26, 2013 at 7:11 am

      Thanks very much! I thought something a bit different this week.


  19. November 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Poor guy, at least with so much going on he never noticed his arms were missing. Good story Draliman. 🙂


    • November 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      There’s that dubious silver lining, I suppose! Evidently has already has enough to moan about.


  20. November 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    HaHa, lovely tale. I always had a soft spot for Marvin but I absolutely hated the way they portrayed him in the movie. Funnily enough, I found an abandoned female, mannequin torso in the bin on my way home the other day. I wrote a post about it. She’s become my new best friend, at least from a photographers point of view lol 🙂


    • November 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      That’s interesting – although I’m a huge fan of Alan Rickman I too was terribly disappointed by the film representation. I grew up with the BBC TV adaptation from many years ago (and the books of course) in which Marvin was truly magnificent in his depressed whining 🙂
      Good luck with your mannequin torso!


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