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Friday Fictioneers – Carpe Diem

Here’s my story for Friday Fictioneers, a weekly photo challenge hosted by Rochelle. The photograph this week was contributed by Jennifer Pendergast.

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Copyright Jennifer Pendergast

Copyright Jennifer Pendergast

 

Pete, designated “Team Leader”, read the instructions.

“Row across Doom Lake, navigate the Rapids of Certain Death and finally enter the Canyon of Damnation.”

“Um,” said Charles, “this sounds awfully dangerous.”

“These team-building exercises always sound like that,” chipped in Nancy. “It’s fine!”

“Well,” said Charles, “I don’t like the sound of it. I’m not going.” He watched his workmates sail off before going back to his room. He popped a beer, tripped over his slippers and broke his neck.

The moral of this story? Seize life. Because that bullet with your name on it? You’ll never see it coming.

 

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    September 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Very true…

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  2. September 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Oh no! I bet he wished he had a better story to account for the accident. Great story and lesson too.

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  3. September 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Good advice Ali.

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  4. September 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Didn’t see that coming! Nice twist and moral here! Nice and crisp story.

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    • September 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

      I did kind of slip it in without any warning 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. September 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I like the moral at the end …very fitting. Enjoy life as it comes and take a few chances (within limits of course. Perhaps parachuting without a parachute would be pushing your luck a bit too far).

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  6. September 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I blame the slippers. 🙂

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    • September 11, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Damn those slippers, all sticking up and in the way and everything 🙂

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  7. September 11, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Beware the Slippers of Certain Death…

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    • September 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

      And also the deadly bedside table of jagged-edged skull-crushing doom.

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  8. Lyn
    September 11, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Oh dear…

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  9. September 11, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Isn’t that just the way of it. When your numbers up, your numbers up. Nicely done!

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    • September 11, 2015 at 7:33 am

      That’s the way it goes in this crazy world. I’m glad you liked it!

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  10. September 11, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Dear Plairidel, You are so right – you’ll never see it coming! Great and funny story! Nan

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    • September 11, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I’m Ali 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!

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  11. September 11, 2015 at 4:42 am

    a lesson learned. sometimes it’s wise to just go with the flow. accidents do happen in unexpected places.

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  12. September 11, 2015 at 6:59 am

    LOL! You make me laugh! 😀

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  13. September 11, 2015 at 10:42 am

    What you say is true, Ali. But I think I would have agreed with him about that team building exercise. “Doom,” “death,”and “damnation” are definitely not three of my favorite words after the accidents I’ve had. 😦 That said, this was another hilarious piece. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Yeah, I’d probably have second thoughts if I heard I was visiting those places 🙂

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  14. September 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Now that was a freak accident! Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      It certainly was. I bet it’s happened to someone, though!
      Ali

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  15. September 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I would have loved that boat ride. But then, I used to be game master at Dungeons&Dragons… Death by slippers, hilarious.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:37 am

      I used to be a game master on D&D as well! Though I preferred to play a character.
      Slippers of Doom plus 1, plus 2 against dragons and slightly tipsy office workers 🙂

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      • September 13, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        I’m not surprised. I usually played some shady ( or very good) side character while mastering. It’s been so long, I hardly remember how to play…

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      • September 14, 2015 at 11:58 am

        I was always partial to “Elven Fighter/Magic User”. A good guy, of course, but not Lawful-Good, because that’s a pain in the ass to play 🙂

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      • September 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm

        They can be great fun when you’re master and play them out as true pia–it can move the story along nicely, and also annoy the players in a funny way. The bad/chaotic characters are great fun, too.

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      • September 14, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        “Well, I’m going to rescue that orc, because it’s the ‘right thing to do’.”
        “Gahhhhh!”
        🙂

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  16. September 11, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Oh like the moral here.. and you never know when death come’s knocking.. (though a beer can be risky)

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

      You certainly don’t, and adding a beer to the mix only makes it more likely.

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  17. September 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Well done Alistair. A story with a true mornal.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked the moral of the story!

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  18. September 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve printed this out Ali – what a brilliant message.

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  19. September 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I’ve always thought whoever invented (and named) slippers was a bit twisted!

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:41 am

      I’ve never really thought about it until now, but it is a strange name for footwear isn’t it! I suppose it’s because you “slip” them on and off, but it can take another meaning as well, and some can be pretty dangerous 🙂

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  20. September 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    This is hilarious AND a very important message. I just cracked up when I read about the team building exercise. That just made me laugh. This is a great one, Ali.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:42 am

      I’m glad you liked my slightly dark and humorous moralistic tale 🙂

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  21. September 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    ha ha ha, Ive missed your darkness 😉

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:43 am

      I’ve done a couple of dark ones recently – it has been a while for sure, for some reason I had a long period of pure humour without the dark 🙂

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  22. September 11, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    You might as well not worry. We always worry about the wrong stuff anyhow 🙂

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:44 am

      We do. I certainly do. I worry about the stupid little meaningless stuff.

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  23. September 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I thought you would go with the Cairn, you often see the obscure. good ending.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:45 am

      I must admit I had trouble thinking of a story for this (or a decent story at least). The cairn would have made for a good one for sure.

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  24. Francesca Smith
    September 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    What I find interesting about this message is that it often promotes us to take part in life threatening circumstances. For example, yes, he broke his neck, and the moral of the story is how he should have grasped life by the hands and went with the team, but the danger of their expedition could have cost them their lives too.
    Either way, I enjoyed this story!

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:47 am

      I thought that too as I was writing. No sense in taking unnecessary risks. And in this day and age, it would probably invalidate your life insurance too!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  25. September 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve been on those team-building exercises. Wimps never prosper. 😦

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:51 am

      I’ve actually never been on one. It would be fun to try it at least once. I can imagine that those who “duck out” of activities are frowned upon!

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  26. September 13, 2015 at 2:20 am

    That’s one great moral.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 5:51 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  27. September 13, 2015 at 6:12 am

    That is the absolute truth, Alistair. Enjoy each day because when your number is called, there is nothing you can do!

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    • September 13, 2015 at 6:39 am

      And you never know when that might be. Glad you liked it!

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      • September 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        No you don’t – I know only too well

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  28. September 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

    That was a shock ending. A great moral, and a very good story.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks! It did sound at the start as if it was just going to be a bit of fun, didn’t it? 🙂

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  29. September 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Great job…. I did giggle at the slippers? I suppose this is a ‘english’ word for outdoor shoes? (Another lesson in true English?)

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    • September 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      I didn’t realise “slippers” is not used in the US. They’re “indoor shoes” – soft fabric for walking around the house in. Never to be worn outside!

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      • September 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm

        Slippers here in the country are those soft shoes…. but mostly used in hospital visits or at nursing homes.

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      • September 16, 2015 at 11:41 am

        Ah, the same as our slippers probably except we use them mainly at home.

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  30. September 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Loved the names you used and your little fable worked perfectly. Ironic that the slippers caused him to slip (and I do know what they are.)

    janet

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    • September 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Yeah, maybe he should have been wearing them 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  31. September 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I love the moral of the story. Playing safe is never satisfying, and in this case more dangerous than adventure.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:42 am

      He’d have been okay if only he’d taken a chance…

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  32. September 15, 2015 at 2:03 am

    LOL. So funny and so true. Slippers are fine in the US. Great story. 🙂

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I never know with some words, sometimes you just get a sense that other English-speaking countries might have a different word.

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  33. September 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    A great moral, Ali. I’ve always liked the old, ‘Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die’.

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