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Nothing to Laugh About

Here is my contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, Barbara Beacham’s weekly photo/opening sentence prompt.

I’m a bit later this week, as last night I went to see the new Avengers film at the cinema. Also, I couldn’t think of a single story. But rather than miss a week, here’s what I ended up with, for better or worse.

The opening sentence is in bold in my story, and to view this week’s other entries click on the blue froggy.



Copyright Barbara W. Beacham


“Are you laughing at me?”

“Calm down, mate.”

“Are you laughing. At. ME?” Brian repeated, more forcefully.

“No, mate. Calm down. Have you taken your meds today?”

“Are you looking at me…”

“Well, I’m looking at you because I’m talking to you.” Chad was starting to feel a little worried.

“… or are you chewing a brick?” Brian continued.


“’Cos either way you’ll lose your teeth,” snarled Brian.

“Okay, Brian, you need to calm down,” said Chad, in as soothing a voice as he could manage. He eyed Brian’s muscular bulk warily. “Look at your happy flowers. Look at the flowers, Brian. Happy, happy flowers!”

Brian stared at the flowers. The flowers stared back. Brian snarled.

“Are you laughing at me?” Brian demanded of the flowers, bunching his fists.

“For Heaven’s sake,” muttered Chad, stomping off to find Brian’s meds.

The flowers began to tremble slightly. They saw their future in Brian’s eyes, and that future was pot-pourri.


  1. April 28, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    A terrible possible future for those poor pretty flowers.



    • April 29, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Well, at least they’ll smell nice on the coffee table 🙂


  2. April 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Ha! ‘Are you chewing a brick..?’ That’s brings back memories of my worse enemies from school!


  3. Francesca Smith
    April 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    That must be a frightening experience. Very well written!


  4. April 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Great story! I enjoyed reading it.


  5. April 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    MOL..even the flowers in the picture are laughing 😀 Great story again, Draliman 😀 Pawkisses for a week ahead 🙂 ❤


  6. NotAPunkRocker
    April 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Wait, how was the movie?!

    I have to admit, I thought you were going to go all “Walking Dead” with the look at the flowers bit. I like where you took it instead 🙂


    • April 29, 2015 at 6:46 am

      It was good, very action-filled. Well worth watching on the big screen in 3D.
      I’m glad you liked my story. No zombies this week 🙂


  7. April 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Poor little flowers. Being all friendly and nice. No appreciation, none at all.


    • April 29, 2015 at 6:46 am

      It’s like no-one cares about the prettiness and scent they bring us 😦


  8. April 28, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    What an unpleasant situation for Chad to be in. He must be very close to Brian to stay around. I pity the poor flowers. Great story! 🙂


    • April 29, 2015 at 6:48 am

      I think they’re good friends, maybe even brothers.
      Glad you liked it! On final editing I had a flash of inspiration and managed to “rescue” the ending.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. April 29, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Scary situation to find oneself in! Well done Ali! I enjoyed the tension of your story and the way you wove it back to the photo! Be well and see you next week! ^..^


    • April 29, 2015 at 6:49 am

      It is. It’s not the first time Chad’s dealt with this, I think. I had trouble with this week’s one but I got there in the end 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Lyn
    April 29, 2015 at 1:34 am

    are you chewing a brick? LOL I haven’t heard that one before 🙂 You did good my friend. Nice and scarey. Now all he has to do is get Brian to take his meds 🙂


    • April 29, 2015 at 6:51 am

      A friend at sixth form used to say it all the time (in fun, with a big grin on his face).
      I think Chad has been through this before, he’ll be okay. Glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. April 29, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Don’t tell Brian, but I’m laughing at him right now….


    • April 29, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Don’t worry, I won’t say a word.

      “Hey Brian, you know that ES, he laughing at you right now!”
      Oops, me and my big mouth…


      • April 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        Oh look, Brian! A pretty possum! Look at the pretty possum, Brian!


        • April 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

          “Pretty possum”? That’s be the Australian one then 🙂
          Bye bye Buster 😦


  12. gentlestitches
    April 29, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Run Chad run…. What a good friend was Chad. ❤


    • April 29, 2015 at 6:52 am

      He’ll sort Brian out I think. He’s done this before 🙂


  13. April 29, 2015 at 11:33 am

    For goodness sakes, get Brian’s meds down him. Great dialogue, Ali, and you even brought the flowers to life. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • April 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I’m sure Chad is on the case! I’m glad you liked my story 🙂


  14. April 29, 2015 at 11:46 am

    A great take on the prompt, Ali~ Frightening possibilities to the un-medicated mind. 🙂


    • April 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Hopefully Chad will arrive back with the meds soon. Glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Merbear74
    April 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Poor Chad! And the flowers! LOL


    • April 29, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      At least Chad can run away. The flowers are doomed 😦


      • Merbear74
        April 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm

        Oh shit. 😦


  16. April 29, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    What a sad ending to those poor flowers. It’s one thing to have your head cut off, it’s another thing to be torn apart.

    Oh well, there’s always next spring.


    • April 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Yep, much like Arnold Schwarzenegger, they’ll be back 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  17. April 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Oh, hope the flowers are saved.


    • April 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      It depends how fast Chad gets back with the meds 🙂


  18. April 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Really good. Telling a flower her future is potpourri is akin to telling a horse that his future is glue.


    • April 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Ha, yes! Poor flowers :-(. Maybe Chad will return in time.


  19. April 30, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I hope Brian gets his meds in time to save the poor orchids. Nice story Ali!


    • April 30, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      I hope so too, they’re innocent in all of this!
      Glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. April 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    HA! Those flowers better behave. Brian needs to take his meds quick. Things appear to be going downhill fast for him. 😉 Great as always!


  21. May 1, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Gee what sort of physicists do they have in Cornwall these days?? :p I feel bad for the orchids heading off to the potpourri bowl.


    • May 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Me too 😦 Maybe Chad will rescue them.
      We’re a nutty breed, we Cornish physicists 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  22. May 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Oh my… not potpourri!! Maybe a wedding bouquet would be better!!! Hope Brin gets his meds soon!! Great story!


    • May 2, 2015 at 5:26 am

      Potpourri I’m afraid 😦 But maybe Chad will get back in time. He’s used to this sort of thing I think.
      Glad you liked it!


  23. May 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Excellent! Loved the ending!


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