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Friday Fictioneers – Something New

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, which marks Rochelle’s third anniversary as FF host! To celebrate, in a break to usual draliman fare, my story this week is unashamedly a sort of tribute to this landmark. In a sort of analogous way. With the name changed. And the gender. And there’s a bus. But I’m sure you get the idea!

The photo was contributed by Ron Pruitt. Click on the blue froggy for this week’s other stories.

Copyright Ron Pruitt

Copyright Ron Pruitt

 

Fielding thought back to that sunny afternoon, three years ago almost to the day. His life had been good but change is good too, right? So he’d decided to mix things up a bit, take on something new.

He’d boarded that bus back in 2012, ready to visit new territory, meet the challenge. Since that time he’d seen murder and intrigue, philosophy, comedy, pathos, even horror (though he had to admit he wasn’t so keen on the zombies).

Looking back, he knew he’d made the right decision. He’d done good. Everyone said so, and his new undertaking was thriving. Congratulations, Fielding!

 

  1. October 21, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Loved how you worked this, so glad I got on your bus 😉

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    • October 21, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      This bus is a good place to be 🙂

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  2. October 21, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    A good place this bus… warm and cozy.. even the zombies seem to be happy in the luggage compartment below.

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    • October 21, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Let’s hope they stay down there 🙂

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      • Adam Ickes
        October 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm

        I need to find out who to call to get some more humane treatment for those poor creatures. Making them ride in the luggage compartment is cruel and unjust. Cruel and unjust, I say! I will stand for it no longer. Because I am sitting. On the bus. Uh, yeah, I have no idea where I’m going with this. Don’t mind me. Carry on.

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      • October 22, 2015 at 6:33 am

        You’re right. Maybe we could strap them to the roof?

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  3. October 21, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    It’s good to be on the bus. Let the driver take you to wherever he decides. Explore. Have fun! I’ve had fun just hitching along!

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    • October 22, 2015 at 6:33 am

      It’s a good bus to be on. It goes everywhere!

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  4. Lyn
    October 21, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Adventure, excitement, a Jedi craves not these things…oh yeah, I forgot…we’re writers, not Jedis. You have to admit though, we get taken on all types of exciting adventures each week. It’s been a fun three years, let’s hope it continues for many more 🙂

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    • October 22, 2015 at 6:35 am

      I hope so too!
      Can’t we be Jedis and writers? That would be good.

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  5. October 22, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I got on that bus later than some others, but so far I’ve enjoyed the ride. Good tribute, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • October 22, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Rochelle was already driving the bus when I started too 🙂

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  6. October 22, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Warm fuzzy afterglow time! Nicely done.

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    • October 22, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Warm and fuzzy is new for me! Thanks 🙂

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  7. October 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Long may the journey continue 🙂

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  8. October 22, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Great twisting and turning, I love to be on that bus, too, in whichever disguise Fielding drives it.

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    • October 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

      It’s a great bus and we’re all along for the ride 🙂

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  9. October 22, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Dear Ali,

    Yep, that’s pretty accurate. I enjoyed this piece for more reasons than the obvious. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle aka Fielding

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    • October 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for steering us these past 3 years!
      Ali

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  10. October 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Beautiful tribute! I got on the bus very late, and then stepped off at an interesting stop, but I’ve not lost the luster of the ride, can’t wait to get back on at the next stop!

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    • October 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      That’s the beauty of this bus. You can get on and off whenever you like 🙂

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  11. October 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Really lovely tribute, accurately penned too.

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  12. October 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve only been riding this bus for 7 months and have enjoyed every moment of it. Fun, fun, fun take on the prompt!

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    • October 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the ride! Me too 🙂

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  13. October 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Rochelle is a delightful bus driver and never kicks us off, no matter how unruly we get. Except the zombies down in the luggage compartment.Thanks for the smile.

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    • October 23, 2015 at 7:26 am

      She is! The zombies can stay down there.

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  14. October 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Love it! Nicely done, Dr, Ali!
    Who among the passengers was into zombies? Just curious.
    I really like the synopsis of the various types of stories found on this bus!

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    • October 23, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Thanks!
      I’m pretty sure I read a comment from Rochelle once where she said she wasn’t keen on zombie stories.

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  15. October 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Beat the zombies back, and run away with the showgirls (imho). You can never go wrong with the showgirls (unless they happen to be zombies).

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    • October 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Hmm, zombie showgirls. That reminds me of the stripper vampires in “From Dusk Till Dawn” 🙂

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  16. October 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    So many adventures going on on this bus in three years. Do the zombies have interesting names? Good for the driver for allowing them all aboard..

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  17. October 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    t sure am glad to be on the bus and taken for a ride. 🙂

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    • October 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

      And so many rides to be taken on 🙂

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  18. October 23, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I have enjoyed reading about the bus and will continue to do as long as it keeps going. ❤

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  19. October 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Ali,
    I’m glad to be on Fielding’s bus too. Let’s see where it takes us!
    I agree with leaving the zombies on the side of the road.
    Tracey

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    • October 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I’m sure there are loads of fun destinations still to discover. The zombies can stay behind.

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  20. October 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    This is a lovely honoraria, Dr. Ali. I had no idea it was Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers blog-iversary. That’s one of the very first creative-writing posts I did on my current blog; I think it was about lamps, so I owe Rochelle a lot in helping me jump into the pool and take the risk. I love the ‘night bus’ concept of Harry Potter, too, and I get a little sense of that here with Fielding. Oh, if his bus walls could talk; but, then again, they can . . . and they point here to your blog (as well to the many, many others by FF postees). Bravo, Rochelle & participating writers for putting your work out there constantly for critique!

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    • October 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Oof. Knight Bus.

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    • October 24, 2015 at 5:54 am

      Thanks!
      Three years is a long time to be organising something like this, she’s doing a great job! FF was also the first creative writing I did on my blog, just as I was starting to think about stopping blogging, and it gave me a new lease of life 🙂

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      • October 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        I’m so glad to hear that Friday Fictioneers gave you renewed vigor to blog once upon a time, Dr. Ali. It’s selfish I guess, but I hope you keep on writing on the blog for many years. 🙂

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      • October 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        I always had fun writing stories in English class at school, then wrote nothing for so long until I found FF 🙂

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      • October 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        Once again, I’m glad you found FF or FF found you. The world may never know which one came first … 🙂

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      • October 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        🙂

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  21. October 23, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Some of these passengers make even the Zombies adorable 🙂 Nice one!

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    • October 24, 2015 at 5:55 am

      Thanks! There’s all sorts on this bus 🙂

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  22. October 24, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Enjoyed your reminiscing about the past 3 years. We all learn a lot and even more if we are able to go out of our comfort zone. 🙂

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    • October 24, 2015 at 5:57 am

      Yes, I’ve done a few outside my comfort zone (this one for example – not exactly dark humour) – and it can be very rewarding.

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  23. October 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Oh, how nice, Ali! Even the zombies feel at home now in this bus, I’d say. Love this.

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    • October 25, 2015 at 6:03 am

      There’s room for all sorts on the magical mystery fictioneering bus!

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  24. October 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Count me in, every Wednesday until about Tuesday when I get done reading the passenger list. Ride on!

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