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Never Happy

Here is my contribution to Mondays Finish the Story, hosted every week by Barbara Beacham. We get a photo, a starting sentence and 150 words.

I was very busy at work and couldn’t think of a story so I’ve done some dialogue. A little snippet of life, between two old friends, perhaps, meeting for lunch. Or maybe a husband and wife.

Click on the blue froggy to read the other stories. The opening sentence is in bold in my story.





“Pizza anyone?”

“Mmm, pizza. Food of the gods.”

“Food of the gods?”

“Pizza – Italian, right? Italy, Rome, Roman gods – Zeus and such. QED.”

“’Jupiter.’ Zeus was Greek, moron.”

“Whatever. Dig in! Mmm. Argh! Wait! What is this nonsense?”

“What’s wrong now?”

“A strange taste… in my mouth… little black globes of death…”


“Olives? Urgh.”

“If you don’t like them pick them off, for God’s sake. Stop making a meal out of everything.”

“Ha! ‘Meal.’ Well punned.”

“Can I have your olives, then?”

“If you’re sure you wanna risk it, go ahead.”

“If you don’t like olives, why did you order olives?”

“You gotta take the good with the bad.”

“But you’re picking the ‘bad’ off.”

“It’s the principal of the thing. Pass me the garlic bread.”

“’Please’ would be nice.”

“Mmm, garlic bread. Argh! A strange taste… in my mouth… little shredded cloves of death…”

“That’s the garlic. Shoot me now.”


  1. March 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    “Never happy,” but never dull either! You know what Tolstoi said – ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Good quote! I think this couple is happy in their bickering.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. March 30, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Word power that lives and resonates wth tasty descriptive digestible slices ~ Food for the mind indeed Ali ~ 🙂


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:51 am

      I like that – “tasty descriptive digestible slices” 🙂


  3. Merbear74
    March 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I also dislike black olives. Pick em off!! LOL


  4. March 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Garry likes anchovies. Salty slimy little fishies. I don’t like olives either. I know, missing all the best stuff.


    • March 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Quite the finicky eater I would say. Why order garlic bread if you don’t like garlic? Hello?!? Funny story Ali!!


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:52 am

      I don’t think I’ve ever had anchovies – I don’t like the sound of them.


  5. NotAPunkRocker
    March 30, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Olives, yuck.

    Not liking garlic? I don’t know how long I can be friends with such a person.


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:53 am

      I love olives and garlic 🙂 Though I don’t have garlic much as I tend to overdo it and end up stinking of it for days.


  6. March 30, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Heh, very entertaining. You packed the dialogue full of character. I can see two old friends bicker like this, or maybe brothers. Nicely done!


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:54 am

      I’m thinking of it as a kind of comfortable bickering. It probably happens every time they go out! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  7. March 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I’d gladly take his olives and garlic for him… mmmmm (I don’t think there can ever be enough of either.) 😉


  8. March 31, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Definitely on a date! Whine…Whine…Whine…He has to be very comfortable with her… or it will likely be their last date? (I hate olives, too!) Enjoyed!


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:55 am

      I think it’s a conversation between two people who are very comfortable with each other. Otherwise it definitely will be their last date!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. buddysmom13
    March 31, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I enjoyed the dialogue, felt very real. Funny too.


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you felt it was real. That’s always my aim when writing a 100% dialogue story.


  10. March 31, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Soon enough they’ll pick off the entire pizza.

    …Man, this was an easy photo prompt. FF has never done pizza. I think.

    P.S. I love black olives and garlic! Maybe not together at once… 😐 But, yes! 🙂


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:57 am

      My first thought for the story was actually to have them pick stuff off until only the base was left!
      I love olives and garlic too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. March 31, 2015 at 2:21 am

    If only there were no word limit, this would have eventually devolved into the murder scene we all anticipated!


    • March 31, 2015 at 7:01 am

      I’m thinking “death by pizza choking”. Or maybe one of them will just get fed up with the whining and go crazy with a pizza slicer.


  12. March 31, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Philosophy through pizza, cool! 😀


  13. March 31, 2015 at 4:34 am

    No olives and no garlic? Blaspheme! 🙂 The dialogue is excellent and I truly enjoyed your story Ali! Thanks again for participating and I hope that you come back for another interesting photo and opening line… Be well…. ^..^


  14. Lyn
    March 31, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Great dialogue D-man – so easy to see it all playing out 🙂 I don’t usually like olives, but Kalamata olives in sourdough bread is yum. How can anyone not like garlic? Little cloves of roast garlic with a roast dinner is…bliss.


    • March 31, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Olives in bread is a great combination. I bet olives in garlic bread is even better!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lyn
        March 31, 2015 at 8:49 am

        It is. Our local supermarket makes their own olive and garlic sourdough loaf 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  15. March 31, 2015 at 6:49 am

    little [insert item] of death is now officially my favourite line for any “unnatural” food item I encounter. brilliant work once again draliman 🙂


    • March 31, 2015 at 7:05 am

      One of those guys is a bit of a drama queen 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed my story!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Lata Sunil
    March 31, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Pass me the olives..i love it and i really do that .. many people are like that, never happy. Loved it.


    • March 31, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I’m glad you liked it!
      I like when I’m in a restaurant and there’s a little dish of olives. So many people hate them that I get to eat loads 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  17. March 31, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I’m never happy, I gave up pizza and garlic bread. Hungry, grumpy and hungry.
    Liked those two people, did I mention this photo and great dialogue has me hungry for pizza and bread.
    When I lose twenty pounds I’m eating pizza. Happy happy happy
    Hated that photo, hungry.


    • March 31, 2015 at 7:34 am

      It made me feel hungry too. Good luck with your road back to pizza! I’d be grumpy if I wasn’t eating pizza.


  18. March 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Great dialogue! I can sympathise completely with the ‘little black globes of death’ – horrible things – but garlic is yummy! 🙂


    • March 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      I actually really like the little black globes of death 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  19. March 31, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Some people are never happy.


  20. Francesca Smith
    March 31, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Never happy indeed!
    I can imagine a husband and wife having this conversation, it would be very funny to listen in on.
    Great dialogue, I enjoyed this!


    • April 1, 2015 at 10:55 am

      I’m thinking husband and wife too. Some eavesdropping fun at a restaurant perhaps. I’m glad you liked the dialogue!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. March 31, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Oh … I like this conversation! It flows beautifully and is highly amusing. The couple of reference to olives are excellent.


    • April 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

      I’m glad you liked the flow of the dialogue. I always read it through several times to make sure it’s believable as actual people talking.


  22. gentlestitches
    March 31, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Glad to see people can still differentiate their ancient Gods by Zeus!!


    • April 1, 2015 at 10:57 am

      I actually had to Google the Roman equivalent to Zeus! It seems all recent films have concentrated on the Greek 🙂


  23. April 1, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Funny stuff, Ali. 😀


  24. April 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Olives. love Olives! So much better without the Pizza


    • April 1, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Olives and feta cheese, that’s a very tasty combination.


  25. April 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Really well done – I really enjoy good dialogue and this was good.


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