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Going Solo

A bit later than usual this week, but here is my submission for Friday Fictioneers. Hosted by Rochelle, the goal is to write roughly 100 words in response to a photo which this week has been contributed by regular Fictioneerer Björn Rudberg. To see all of this week’s contributions, click the little blue froggy.


Copyright Björn Rudberg

World-renowned guitarists and best friends Frank Marks and Barry Strykes, 10 year anniversary tour here tonight. One night only! Sold out!


Look at him sitting there with his stupid oversized banjo. Ten years I’ve had to listen to his amateurish plucking. Let’s see how well he strums after his brakes fail and he goes over the cliff. I’m going solo!


A whole decade of sitting here covering his asinine mistakes. He missed that chord, the talentless little shit. Let’s see how well he strums when the strychnine in his nightcap rips him apart. I’m going solo!

  1. April 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Communicative pair aren’t they, they could’ve saved themselves a lot of time and gone solo years ago! Great stuff, made me laugh 🙂


    • April 26, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I guess after 10 years they’ve both had enough!


  2. gentlestitches
    April 26, 2014 at 10:32 am

    HaHa! They have more in common than they realize! 😀


    • April 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Yes, their hatred for each other and their homicidal tendencies 🙂


      • gentlestitches
        April 26, 2014 at 11:28 am



  3. April 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

    omg! You have such a bizarre darkside lol. Lovely tale 🙂


    • April 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

      I was edging towards demon possession again but I thought something different would be a nice change. Still dark though 🙂


  4. April 26, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Very dark–you have a wicked sense of humor/poetic justice 🙂


    • April 27, 2014 at 5:05 am

      A bit of tit for tat and all that 🙂


  5. NotAPunkRocker
    April 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Well done!


  6. April 26, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    they seem to be like an old couple who can’t stand each other and thinking they can go on without the other. 🙂


    • April 27, 2014 at 5:06 am

      Yes. Of course there’s always the trial separation option!


  7. April 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Very very funny. I love the oversized banjo! Perfectly written with the matching ‘I’m going solo!’ phrase at the end.


    • April 27, 2014 at 5:08 am

      Thanks! I honestly don’t know what that instrument is called, but I think that Frank is just being contemptuous of it in the privacy of his own head.


  8. April 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    You have a seriously murderous streak going here. I hope I’m on your good side!!


  9. April 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    A bit extreme wouldn’t you say. Fun write.


    • April 27, 2014 at 5:09 am

      Possibly these are just the dark thoughts which run through their minds during performances. Or maybe not…


  10. April 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I hope this quiet conflict didn’t effect their music 😀 Pawkiss 🙂


    • April 27, 2014 at 5:11 am

      I’m sure their performance was as perfect as ever 🙂


  11. April 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Whatever happened to just saying you want to go solo? 🙂 Seems like most of the rock ‘n roll musicians who died did it to themselves as opposed to these two.



    • April 27, 2014 at 5:13 am

      Maybe they’re locked into a tight contract with each other. Of course, these may just be their dark dreams and they’ll be back on stage tomorrow 🙂


  12. April 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I’m glad Simon and Garfunkel didn’t go this way when they split. 😉 A little extreme I think. Funny in a dark way.




    • April 27, 2014 at 5:14 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Me too, I like their music both together and solo 🙂
      I don’t know if they’ve actually set up the deeds or if these are just their dark thoughts. If the latter I think it’s time they take a break!


  13. Sun
    April 27, 2014 at 3:25 am

    surprise – the solo act mysteriously disappears. just got to laugh over the thought of this situation. good one!


    • April 27, 2014 at 5:16 am

      If they both go through with it there’s a bit of Karma involved!


  14. April 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Hey drailman – this is good! You do have quite a bit of talent! Good job! Nan 🙂


  15. April 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    A mutual disbandmentment it sounds like…


  16. April 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Hmmmm, I can think of a few bands who need to have their members plot out this exact same strategy!


  17. April 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Whoa! An eye for an eye sure won’t get these two anywhere except into their graves 😀 Love it when murder plots rebound on the plotter!


    • April 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      And this is a mutual rebound for you 🙂


  18. April 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    haha one can tell that they truly are the best of friends 🙂 enjoyed this a lot 🙂


    • April 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Only the best of friends can hate each other that much 🙂


  19. April 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Yikes! Ten years too many perhaps? Good one!


    • April 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Maybe they should have called it a day at 9 🙂


  20. April 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Love it! Clearly a few too many venues a few too many mistakes and certainly a few (soon to be resolved ) issues. Shandra


    • April 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I expect their record sales will shortly hit the roof.
      Evidently neither have heard the term “amicable split due to creative differences” 🙂


  21. April 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Together till the end!


  22. April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Bet that’s when their stuff starts to sell, lol 😉


    • April 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      There’s nothing like an untimely demise to really get your records selling 🙂


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