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Dry Clean Only

It’s Friday Fictioneers time again, this being Wednesday and all! Hosted by Rochelle, near on 100 people have a go at writing 100 words in response to a photo which this week has been supplied by Jean L Hays.

Entries are added all through the week – check here to view the other entries.

I’ve gone for a bit of silly dialogue this week πŸ™‚ .


Copyright Jean L. Hays

β€œWow, that’s amazing! The colours are so vivid. It’s like being there!”

β€œWhat’s that?”

β€œYour hanging glass decoration thing. With the dolphin. It’s like being there! Wait, where’d the dolphin go?”

β€œOh, that. That’s not a picture, it’s a portal. I expect the dolphin swam off.”

β€œFor real? A portal? Wow, is there nothing they can’t do nowadays?”

β€œIt’s actually quite old, as a matter of fact.”

β€œCool. I’m gonna stick my hand through. I can feel the sea!”

β€œWatch out for the…”




β€œHey, point your arm stump some place else. This suit is dry clean only!”

  1. December 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Great punchline πŸ™‚


    • December 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      His friend doesn’t seem to care very much about his arm πŸ™‚


  2. December 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    lol, great friend he has there πŸ˜‰


    • December 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Yeah, he could at least call an ambulance (though I’m not sure how they’ll explain the where the rest of the arm went!).


  3. December 19, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Always think twice before sticking your hands in strange portals. I’m thinking the owner displayed the correct amount of sympathy toward such a foolish action πŸ™‚ Great story!


    • December 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

      The guy who stuck his hand in did seem to be displaying quite a blasΓ© attitude toward something so out of the ordinary!


  4. December 19, 2013 at 6:57 am

    πŸ™‚ Well done!


  5. December 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I feel bad for laughing. Great dialogue.


    • December 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      It’s OK, it was meant to be amusing! I’m glad you enjoyed the dialogue.


  6. kz
    December 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    lol what a friend. πŸ™‚ good story. enjoyed this ^^


    • December 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Hopefully he’ll call his friend an ambulance at some point, if he can be bothered πŸ™‚


  7. December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Really funny. Love the dry clean only suit: such sympathy for his friend!


    • December 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

      He certainly seems more worried about his “threads” than his friend’s arm!


  8. December 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Whew! At least Captain Hook didn’t drag the shark through the portal with him, or things might have really gotten hairy!


    • December 20, 2013 at 7:12 am

      True, though maybe then his rather unsympathetic friend would have also lost a limb or two, see how he likes it!


  9. December 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Great read! I’ve been reading at least a book if not two books a week for years. I could never put words together like you and others do.
    Thank you.


    • December 20, 2013 at 7:38 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Give a little story a go – you might surprise yourself. Or is it a case of “been there, tried that”?
      I’m also quite an avid reader (though I’m not quite that fast!). I’m currently re-reading a load of books until I get my finances sorted out – constantly buying stuff for my Kindle without thinking has a way of overloading the credit cards πŸ™‚


  10. December 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I’m beginning to fear windows… a few of these portal stories don’t end very well! Very clever.


    • December 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

      There were a few this time and you’re right, nobody seems to have been transported to a wonderful Christmas wonderland!


      • December 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        I tried to focus on the allure of sandy beaches and warmth… that sweet dolphin didn’t harken portals to hell, but then, that’s what I adore about FF… one writers soft spot is another’s edge! Love that. Love reading them all and seeing where everyone goes. πŸ™‚


        • December 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

          I love that too – so many people come up with such different stories. Many are really deep and see past the obvious in the picture, whereas I tend to use the exact picture but change something ordinary in the picture into something less so through personification/anthropomorphism, or a fantasy slant or whatever (and someone usually dies!).
          I really look forward to seeing what people make of it every week πŸ™‚


          • December 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

            I couldn’t agree more… I joined half-heartedly, just curious to see if I could do it…. now it’s the best part of my writing week! So little pressure, and such wonderful outcomes! Rochelle challenged me to write another this week (that would be 3), but I think I’ll stop at 2… gluttony. πŸ˜‰


            • December 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm

              They’re a great bunch of people πŸ™‚


  11. December 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Very clever!


    • December 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚


  12. December 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I am definitely steering clear of these dolphin thingies! Why do people always stick their hands in the portal. πŸ™‚


    • December 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      I guess it’s like sticking your hand on a wall to see if it really is “wet paint” πŸ™‚


  13. December 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Dear Alistair,

    Like a few others I noticed the care and concern this guy has for his friend’s arm being eaten off. Aside from that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln? Good one.




    • December 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Not the most caring of chaps! Possibly at some point he’ll find a bandage or something. If he can be bothered!


  14. December 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Haha, that was awesome! Had me smiling first thing in the morning. Love it


  15. December 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Stick in your arm, pull back a nub. A lot of things could happen when you stick a body part into a portal. Unfortnately, none of them are very good.


    • December 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      At least he didn’t decide to stick his head in first to take a peak.


  16. Glynis
    December 21, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Great! I have to say I laughed at the end. Wonderful story!


    • December 21, 2013 at 8:07 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! My goal was a bit of amusing and somewhat deadpan dialogue πŸ™‚


  17. December 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Pretty gruesome, but cute all the same. That Portal is getting a lot of use – and a lot of folks are suffering this week who use it.


    • December 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Yes, I saw a few portal stories – they didn’t seem to end well!


  18. December 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Amazed how many people took the idea of a portal from this image.
    I particularly enjoyed the humour at the end πŸ˜›


    • December 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Yes, there were a lot of portals and most of them ended badly!
      I thought it needed a little something humorous at the end to round it out πŸ™‚


  19. December 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    One of several portal stories but with a neat twist at the end – well done,


    • December 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

      We went portal crazy this week πŸ™‚


  20. December 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Very funny! There have been a number of portal stories with this prompt. All show how we humans are apt to get into trouble as a result of our curiosity. Happy hols πŸ™‚


    • December 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Obviously I wasn’t the only one who took one look at the photo and thought “obviously that’s a portal” πŸ™‚ We just can’t help sticking our arms in things, we humans.
      Happy hols to you too!


  21. July 30, 2020 at 3:59 am

    humor and dismember. it takes skill to pull it off (no shark/pun intended). and this was 7 years ago!


  22. Lyn
    July 30, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Even way back then, you still had it πŸ˜€


  23. August 1, 2020 at 7:35 am

    I’d like to hear him explain his accident. Good one, Ali. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • August 2, 2020 at 7:04 am

      Yes, what’s he going to say when the paramedics arrive? πŸ™‚


  24. August 1, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I’m glad we haven’t got a portal like that. The thought of sharks really freaks me out. One back to the time of the dinosaurs would be cool – but probably equally gruesome for visitors. I wonder if his arm stump’s grown during the last seven years? Great story, πŸ˜€


  25. August 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Hehe, some dark humour found in 2013. Thanks for the warning though.


    • August 2, 2020 at 7:06 am

      I don’t think there’s enough stuff out there warning of the dangers of portals.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. August 2, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    You should have closed that portal in 2013. Now, the sharks have come through and are running the world.


    • August 2, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      Darn. When I saw them hoist their flag over Buckingham Palace I had a feeling it was my fault…

      Liked by 1 person

  27. August 6, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Such caring friends are the essence of life?


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