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It’s Friday Fictioneers time again, a weekly flash fiction challenge with a photo this week contributed by Marie Gail Stratford. As always, our 100 word fiction is overseen by Rochelle.

This week I drew inspiration from the rather witty words printed on the chopstick wrapper. To be honest, I have no idea what I’ve written, what genre it is or if it even makes much sense! Is it a damning indictment of Mankind? Maybe. Or maybe it’s a quirky story about cutlery. Quite how I got this out of a picture of a Chinese takeaway I don’t know.

To see this week’s other stories, click on the little blue fellow below.


Copyright Marie Gail Stratford


A cleverly-aimed chopstick could take out an eye – the Chopstick People had decimated the Spoon People – but an expertly-wielded fork could disembowel. The Fork People easily subdued those of the Chopstick.

Before long the Fork People fell to followers of the Knife, who fell in their turn. Progress, proliferation. Power was everything, desired, required.

At lastΒ came People wielding such utensils as had never before been seen. They used them on the Spoon People, the Chopstick, the Fork and the Knife. Finally, when all other People were destroyed, they used them on each other.

For such is the way of People.

  1. July 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    The cutlery wars. I side with spoons. Because I like the shape.


    • July 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Nicely smooth and rounded. No sharp edges. And often full of ice cream!


  2. NotAPunkRocker
    July 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Orwell with Sriracha on the side?


    • July 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Could well be.
      I Googled “Sriracha” and that sounds like the sort of thing I’d squirt on everything. Apparently you can get it over here, yay! Goodbye stomach lining πŸ™‚


      • NotAPunkRocker
        July 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

        Yes, Matthew discovered it over the winter. It apparently goes on everything. Enjoy!


  3. July 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Brilliant! Love it!


    • July 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Yay, I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚


  4. July 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    A wonderful mixture of commentary and your unique sense of humor.


  5. July 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Knives might do more damage but if you want to extend the pain, go with a spoon πŸ™‚ A dull one LOL


    • July 24, 2014 at 6:54 am

      True, very “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves” of you πŸ™‚


  6. camgal
    July 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Cutlery wars- Revenge of of the Chopsticks lol πŸ™‚ Good job.


    • July 24, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Next episode – The Fish Slices Strike Back πŸ™‚


  7. Sarah
    July 24, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Great story! And sadly the ending is too true…


    • July 24, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Thanks. And yes, sadly we see this all the time.


  8. July 24, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Oh πŸ˜› Yes! Those darned Fork People started the entire mess…just as I’ve suspected all these years!
    This was a great piece, doc…and not too heavy moral handed.


    • July 24, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Never trust the Fork People.
      I was only partly on my soap box πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  9. July 24, 2014 at 2:17 am

    This made me burst out laughing! How DID you manage to be both funny AND philosophical? (Something in it reminded me of the extinction of the Cat People’s race in Red Dwarf — have you seen the series?)


    • July 24, 2014 at 7:01 am

      I think a good way to get messages across is to sneak them in under the guise of humour πŸ™‚

      Yay, “Boys from the Dwarf” (wave hands in front of body)! I’ve seen Red Dwarf (at least the first 6 series) so many times I can practically quote entire scripts. Nice to meet a fellow fan!


  10. July 24, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Bill uses Sriracha on all sorts of things and homed in on that immediately. πŸ™‚



    • July 24, 2014 at 7:02 am

      I’d never heard of it until NAPR commented but it sounds like something I need to get better acquainted with πŸ™‚


  11. July 24, 2014 at 4:10 am

    It’s the Spork People who will prevail!


    • July 24, 2014 at 7:04 am

      I did wonder if I could get Sporks in there too as some sort of mixed race cutlery, but sadly only 100 words 😦 That’s a moral for another day!


    • Lyn
      July 25, 2014 at 4:32 am

      The Sporks will not be alone…the Splayds will join them in victory!


      • July 25, 2014 at 6:17 am

        That sounds cool! Now I’m trying to imagine what a splayd would look like πŸ™‚


  12. July 24, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Loved the tone of this.


  13. July 24, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Ali, This was a bit crazy but fun. A video of this could be shown along with Cows With Guns, a violent cartoon double feature. It might even become a cult favorite. Well written with kind of darkish/utensilish humor. πŸ™‚ —Susan


    • July 24, 2014 at 7:05 am

      That sounds cool – working title “Sporks with Uzis” πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  14. July 24, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Dear Draliman,

    You nailed the characteristic of People. Say….the Nailers…

    Good job.




    • July 24, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Dear Doug,
      Thanks! Maybe the Nailers are the ones looking down sadly and telling this story.


  15. July 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This is so clever. I could really picture cutlery wars. Great job.


  16. July 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Clever. I’m glad you took this path. No need to explain because it really worked. We have a tub of this hot sauce in our fridge – ready to fry taste buds at a moments notice.


    • July 25, 2014 at 6:16 am

      I’m going to have to find some of that sauce. I like it hot πŸ™‚


  17. July 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    It makes a lot of sense. Horror would be the genre I suspect. The metaphor of man constanly trying to make better and better weapons until we finally destroy ourselves.


    • July 25, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Exactly, thanks! I guess the idea is pretty horrific so that seems the appropriate genre.


  18. July 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I’m sticking with finger food, all of you sound blood thirsty. Cute story.


    • July 25, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Yeah, finger food dipped in that hot sauce, sounds good πŸ™‚
      Glad you liked it!


  19. July 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Cutlery Wars – a reality show in the making. Loved it!


    • July 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      “…meanwhile in the kitchen the forks and spoons are arguing about their latest challenge…” πŸ™‚


  20. John Castle
    July 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    me likey


    • July 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      I’m glad, thanks for reading πŸ™‚


  21. Sarah Ann
    July 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    After your intro, I think I’ll go with a damning indictment of mankind. This is so often how it turns out to be, unfortunately. A well written and beautifully imagined version of the cutlery wars.


    • July 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      It is indeed a damning indictment of mankind, but told in a quirky manner. As you say we’ve seen this happen, though not to total extinction (yet).
      Thank you so much for your kind comments.


  22. July 26, 2014 at 3:16 am

    loved this. how you delivered the message, that was so clever πŸ™‚ my fave piece this week πŸ™‚


    • July 27, 2014 at 4:45 am

      Thank you, that’s so lovely of you to say! I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚


  23. July 26, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Dear Ali,

    I think I’d call this allegory. You nailed human nature. I raise my chopsticks to you.




    • July 27, 2014 at 4:53 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thank you, for the chopstick raising and the genre specification!


  24. July 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I may have written this before, too bad, you get to read it again.
    I like your weird humor. Great job. ;0)


    • July 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

      Thanks! You can tell me you like my weird humour as many times as you like, it’s nice to hear πŸ™‚


  25. July 29, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Dear Draliman, Your story is brilliant and funny! I love the cutlery wars! You are a GENIUS! Nan πŸ™‚


    • July 29, 2014 at 7:02 am

      I’m glad you liked it! It was the phrase “fork people” and the superior attitude of the chopsticks that gave me the idea πŸ™‚


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