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Mind the Step

It’s Friday Fictioneers time, hosted by Rochelle. Here’s a rather silly story befitting quite a mad photo, which came to us from Lauren Moscato by way of Amy Reese.

You’d think I’d have a million ideas for this photo, but no. Or perhaps the problem is that I have a million ideas but no decent ending. Here’s what I decided on in the end.

To see this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

 

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Copyright Lauren Moscato

 

Sitting in their van, the builders watched as a dog shot out of the doggie door, pedalled its legs comically in mid-air and then crashed to the ground.

“When he said ‘add a second storey’, d’ya think he meant ‘on the top’?” asked one.

“Dunno,” said the other. “If that’s what he wanted, he should have said so. I taped a sign to his door, just in case.”

“What’d it say?”

Mind the step.”

“Nice.”

The door opened and a very irate owner stared out.

“Did he pay up front?”

“Yup.”

“Good. Let’s get out of here before he finds a ladder.”

 

  1. April 1, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    LOL!

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  2. April 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    We have a house with a door like that near us. I took a picture of it too. Someone told me that it is probably being used as a loading dock. I hope the people in the house know to back the truck up and not just step outside. It’s a long first step 🙂 Cute! I feel sorry for the dog!

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    • April 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      I’ve seen a picture of a house like that before on someone’s blog, I wonder if it was one you took? A loading dock makes sense, I hadn’t thought of that.
      I’m sure the dog was fine 🙂

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  3. April 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I hope no dogs were harmed in the making of this story…fun read!

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:10 am

      I should have put “no dogs were harmed during the making of this story” at the bottom 🙂
      Glad you liked it!

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  4. April 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    What a visual! That’s hilarious 🙂

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  5. April 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    This was great! LOL! Very funny Ali!

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  6. April 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Ha! Another smile! Thank you.

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  7. April 1, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Ha ha ha, another good one 🙂

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed my silliness!

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  8. April 2, 2015 at 12:21 am

    You nailed it with both the voices & the timing. Very funny.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Glad you liked it – I had to edit it quite a lot to get it to flow properly.

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  9. Francesca Smith
    April 2, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Those crafty builders! Dominic Littlewood would have a go at them.
    Another great story!

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I’m imagining him turning up at their place of business with his film crew and somebody from Trading Standards!
      Glad you liked it 🙂

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  10. April 2, 2015 at 12:56 am

    It’s a silly photo and it deserves a silly story. I see we have come to the right place.

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  11. April 2, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Full belly Laugh! So stupid it’s hilarious!

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  12. April 2, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Well, if the second story wasn’t specified to be above the first story in the contract, I’d say the homeowner would have a tough time suing the construction guys! Though they may want to watch out for a vicious limping dog….

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Court action is nothing compared to the power of a seriously annoyed poodle.

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  13. April 2, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Brilliant!

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  14. April 2, 2015 at 3:32 am

    A dog, you hurt a dog? You do understand I take your stories as truth. Your the Doctor after all.
    Hey, that would be a great pick up line for you.
    Great funny story.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:30 am

      It’s okay, the dog survived!
      “Trust me, I’m doctor.” I could work with that. I’m glad you liked my story 🙂

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    • April 4, 2015 at 4:00 am

      You are = NOT your. Sorry!
      That is one grammar oops I don’t like.

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      • April 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

        Easy to do when typing a comment – I rarely proof-read my comments before clicking the button and you can’t edit them once they’re posted…

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    • October 1, 2015 at 5:01 am

      “you are” NOT your …

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  15. April 2, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Great idea to get out of there before the owner comes after. I feel sorry for the doggie though! Did he survive the fall? Nan

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Yeah, the doggie’s okay. They’ll be long gone before the owner even works out what’s happened!

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  16. April 2, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Po’ dog. 😦

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

      😦 I expect he survived. He’s a survivor!

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      • April 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

        If you say so…I hope he didn’t suffer. 😦

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      • April 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

        He’s fine, I tell you 🙂

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  17. April 2, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Could be a scene from Laurel and Hardy. Very funny.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

      It is a bit slap-sticky! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  18. April 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

    And I worried that mine was silly. Well done! 😀

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  19. April 2, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Well thought out.

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  20. Lyn
    April 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

    LOL we really did take our silly pill this morning 🙂 Silly, humourous, or gory, you always write something worth reading D-Man

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  21. April 2, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Hilarious, once again, Ali. Yes, they better get away, fast. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • April 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      They have a fast van, they’ve needed it in similar situations before I think 🙂

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  22. NotAPunkRocker
    April 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    One of our family friends blasted part of the hill next to their one-level home to build a garage, so the side door of the house was very high above the floor of this tall garage. Between the heights, the steps for this door being homemade, and the fact that they had retired police dogs who liked to greet people enthusiastically, I didn’t like to go there very often.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Wow, you’ve seen a place like this 4realz!
      That does sound an ideal situation for getting rammed down the steps by a huge alsatian.

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      • NotAPunkRocker
        April 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm

        *momentarily taken aback by “4realz”*

        I had to look up alsatian. They were very nice, but as part of their training in pre-retirement days, they only knew their commands in German or French. So “sit” and “stay” did nothing to thwart their energetic greetings.

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      • April 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm

        I was trying to be “down wiv da kidz” 🙂
        I’m imagining you running for your life, German dictionary in hand frantically leafing through the pages.

        Sorry, I just looked up “alsatian” and apparently it’s only used as a name for a German Shepherd in the UK. Live and learn!

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      • NotAPunkRocker
        April 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        I think that was the reaction they wanted from criminals 😀

        Now you have me picturing you as Ali G, so I am going to just leave now before it gets any worse up in here…

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      • April 2, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        🙂

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  23. April 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    simply, one of your very best. 🙂

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  24. April 2, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I think you did a great job on this story, and gave it the perfect ending, too!

    Makes me wonder–if this is the back door, what must the front of the house look like 😀

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    • April 3, 2015 at 4:46 am

      I’m glad you liked it, I had a lot of trouble with the ending.
      It is a pretty strange-looking house, isn’t it?

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  25. April 2, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Haha, that was funny–after I read in the comments that no dog was harmed. BTW sit in German is sitz, and sounds almost the same. My dog is bilingual.

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    • April 3, 2015 at 4:55 am

      I can confirm that the dog was fine, if a little annoyed!
      Sounds like a clever dog you have.

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  26. April 3, 2015 at 12:45 am

    funny. But just not for the dog.
    Randy

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    • April 3, 2015 at 4:56 am

      No, the dog was quite annoyed by his tumble.

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  27. April 3, 2015 at 12:56 am

    That was brilliant! Very funny. Dodgy builders!!

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    • April 3, 2015 at 4:56 am

      Glad you liked it! Dodgy builders are the scourge of modern Britain 🙂

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  28. April 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Owner stands in the doorway, shaking his fist in impotent fury… That’s a great ending, loved it.

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    • April 4, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Thanks, it took a few rewrites to get there. I’m glad I got there in the end!

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  29. April 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Definitely a laugh out loud one!

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  30. April 3, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Well, Ali, all I can say is that you take the (doggie) biscuit with this one! As you rightly say, dodgy builders are the scourge of modern Britain. A very funny and entertaining read!. 🙂

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    • April 4, 2015 at 6:58 am

      I’m glad you liked it! This is nowhere near the worst that dodgy builders have done. At least they finished the work (a set of stairs wasn’t in the plans, after all!).

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  31. April 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Hilarious. This is a great take and you came up with an excellent ending! I struggled with that, too. Indeed, this place looks like some kind of mistake.

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    • April 4, 2015 at 6:59 am

      It’s hard to imagine what the purpose of the door is, though some others have suggested a loading dock for a high truck, or a walkway long since demolished. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  32. April 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Very funny. A great visual.

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    • April 4, 2015 at 9:15 am

      I’m glad you liked it! A silly story for a silly house 🙂

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  33. April 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Always read the small print. Your story is a real antidote to Grand Designs!
    Love that daft doggie – and that people are so concerned about him!

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    • April 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Everybody knows to read the small print, but no-one ever does 🙂
      I should have made the dog a cat, then people would have assumed it was OK…

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  34. April 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Now that will be one irate customer! And one very unhappy dog ….

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    • April 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Hopefully once he calms down he’ll think of a way to winch the dog back up 🙂

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  35. April 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    MOL..that’s what I thought too, Draliman 😀 Bringing you Pawkisses for an eggstra Happy Easter and hope your Easter Bunny Day is filled with fun in every way 🙂 ❤

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    • April 5, 2015 at 6:16 am

      You have a Happy Easter too, and no chasing the Easter Bunny 🙂

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  36. April 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    We’ll be embarking on a building project this year. I’ll steer clear of this mob. Very funny story.

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    • April 5, 2015 at 6:19 am

      Yes, I would. I don’t think this is the first time they’ve messed things up!

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  37. April 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Oops! I’m sure the dog was surprised 😛 Funny one, doc.
    Ellespeth

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    • April 5, 2015 at 7:15 am

      I bet he was 🙂
      Glad you liked it!

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  38. April 5, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I can’t help wondering how they added a second story from the bottom. I guess mine is not to reason why, mine is but to laugh. (I never said I was good at rhyming.) Glad the pooch is okay.

    Fun story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • April 6, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      You’re the first person to mention that! I have a vague image of them hoisting it up with a big crane with the owner asleep inside 🙂 They could have been amazing builders if they weren’t a bit crazy.
      Ali

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  39. April 6, 2015 at 8:31 am

    LOL!

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  40. April 7, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Very funny stuff this week.

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    • April 7, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Glad you liked it! The silly-looking house has brought out quite a few funny stories.

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  41. April 7, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Fantastic story, thank you for making my day! 🙂

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    • April 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for such a lovely comment 🙂

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      • April 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm

        My pleasure, I’m a bit late getting to read as my wifi has been dropping in and out. 🙂

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      • April 7, 2015 at 7:29 pm

        I hate it when that happens. I never know what to check first. Then I lose all faith in modern technology 😦

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  42. April 8, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Dear Draliman,

    It sounds as though you’ve worked in the trades. You captured the sound and lingo perfectly, as well as the ‘Did we get paid? Then we’re out of here’ attitude. A great piece.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • April 8, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Dear Doug,
      Always get paid up front, that’s my motto. Glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  43. April 9, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Funny story. Doggie door is just too funny. LOL. 🙂

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  44. April 13, 2015 at 11:47 am

    YIKES!!!

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    • April 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Yeah. That’s quite the house 🙂
      Damn cowboy builders.

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  45. April 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Great story for this promp an funny.😁

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  46. April 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Oops! Prompt, funny…typo error!😶

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