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FFftPP – A New Job

Here is my contribution to Roger’s first ever “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner” challenge. The rules, in brief:

  • Up to 200 words
  • A beginning, middle and end (no serial stories)
  • A photo and (optional) opening sentence are provided
  • Content to be PG-13. It will be a new challenge not to include any hideous deaths in my writing 🙂

The supplied sentence is in italics in my story.

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Image public domain free stock photo


Of all the places I thought I would end up on New Year’s Eve I can’t believe it’s here. I used to be somebody. I used to be a contender. Last New Year’s Eve I was in a boxing gym. I saw the greats. I was punched by pretty much anybody who was somebody.

Okay, so I’m a bunch of processed petrochemicals. I don’t get a choice of career.

But the boxing gym… Oh, the joy as a gloved fist smacked me hard. Those people knew how to live!

Whap – boing! – whap – boing!

Life doesn’t get any better than that.

And now I’ve been recycled as a bowling pin. I still get smacked in the face, but it’s not so personal any more, you know? Just a ball rolled down an aisle. There’s no finesse. No “up close and personal”. Trashed by a random unknown at long range. Oh, the dents I’ve suffered. The indignity of it all!

Here comes another one. It’s swerving, it going to miss me, it’s just gonna clip the edge… ouch! Tough luck, Chester, my fellow pin-at-arms. That had to hurt! Hey! No strike this time, loser. Loooserrrrr!


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  1. January 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Let me get this right, you’re talking about leather bowling pins?


    • January 3, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      I was thinking plastic. The punch bag I used to have as a kid was plastic, I’m sure some gyms are tight enough not to go for leather and I’m sure not all bowling pins are wood 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm

        Yeah, I’m pretty certain there are bowling pins made of all kinds of weird materials out there.


  2. January 3, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Nice twist on the prompt. Glad you could join up for the first one. Hope to see you next week. (And a death or two never really hurt anyone)


    • January 3, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Yay, a death or two (PG-13 of course!) 🙂


  3. January 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    That’s got to be a first, Ali, the POV of a bowling ball. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


  4. January 3, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Darn it, I was really hoping to see some hideous, grotesque bowling pin death! My league has been off the last two weeks due to the holidays, and this picture’s really got me missing it!


    • January 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      When your league starts up again you can try to create a hideous bowling pin death. Just chuck the ball really really hard!


      • January 3, 2016 at 6:06 pm

        I already bowl like that anyway. Amazingly, you can throw it as hard as you want and still not knock them all down. Stupid recycled pins!

        Liked by 1 person

        • January 3, 2016 at 6:17 pm

          I knew someone once who trundled the ball up the aisle. You’d stand there for a few minutes watching it and just when you thought it wasn’t going to make it all the way to the end, it would slowly and sedately knock all the pins over. Frustrating!


          • January 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm

            Reminds me of the time I once witnessed a little kid roll a ball up the lane so slow that they managed to knock over only the head pin and nothing else! (The ball immediately caromed to the gutter) It was maybe the most impossible sounding result I have ever seen…


  5. January 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I love the way your mind works, a great take on the photo. I looked at this but the photo stumped me completely. Nice job Alistair. I will be playing catch up with your posts (again) soon.


    • January 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks! I thought a change of “view” might be interesting 🙂


  6. January 3, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    This is hilariously engaging.
    Thanks for a good laugh.


    • January 4, 2016 at 8:20 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I bet that bowling pin sees all sorts up the aisle.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. January 3, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I KNEW it. They make fun of you when you miss! I heard their squeaky little voices. Hah!


    • January 4, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Derision from all directions at the bowling alley!


  8. gentlestitches
    January 4, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I can also feel their contempt when i have a go at bowling. Funny! 😀


    • January 4, 2016 at 8:23 am

      They’re pretty unforgiving. And I’m sure they jump sideways sometimes when my ball approaches 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. January 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Love the idea of a talking bowling pin! Hahaha! And, him yelling out “Loser!!” Great story!


    • January 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      He’s a bit of a complainer but I reckon he’ll have fun yelling at all the bowlers 🙂


  10. January 6, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I love the viewpoint of the bowling pin! A very fun story, Ali. 🙂


    • January 7, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Thanks, I thought it would be something a bit different 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. January 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Oh that’s so funny 🙂 Isn’t it awful to be recycled and realize that very little had changed.


    • January 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Yes, he was probably hoping for a quiet life as a PVC window frame or something, looking out at passers-by all day 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        Haha, I bet he did 🙂 It is a danger of being made of such a versatile material – could end up even in a worse place 🙂


        • January 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

          I shudder to think, maybe he should count his blessings 🙂


  12. January 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Now that’s what I call a bowling pin with attitude! I love this take on the prompt, Ali. The personification of a lump of plastic (or, better still, ‘a bunch of processed petrochemicals’) recycled at that – makes for an unusual and funny story. 🙂


    • January 11, 2016 at 8:04 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I thought the bowling pin seemed an interesting fellow so I wrote about him 🙂


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