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Friday Fictioneers – Going Green?

Here is my little story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo this week was contributed by Melanie Greenwood.

You’d have thought a picture with a plane in it would have instantly forced any number of stories into my head, but no! Finally, I came up with this one.

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

Copyright Melanie Greenwood

Copyright Melanie Greenwood


“Ah, the sleek lines, the beautiful curves… one’s aeroplane is not bad either!”

“Oh, Tarquin, you’re making me blush.”

“Come, darling Genevieve, let us board our jet.”

“Indeed, light of my life. Are the Farquharson-Smythes also attending?”

“Why of course, my scrumptious sweetmeat, that’s their aircraft just leaving the runway.”

“Super. I say, you there, watch what you’re doing with the luggage! That’s genuine snow tiger pelt! You can’t get the staff.”

“True, my love. Come, we must away! The ‘Rich Hypocrites Save Our Beautiful Green Planet Benefit’ waits for no man. Fly, Jeeves, and don’t spare the jet fuel!”


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  1. January 6, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Phew! Was that ever a ceremonious bit of contradiction. Love the voices. I could almost hear the snobbery. Well done.




    • January 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      They are pretty upper crust. I don’t think they live in the same world as the rest of us 🙂


  2. January 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Alas those people do exist… our not so benevolent benefactors..


    • January 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

      They do indeed. I hope they at least remember to donate a shed load of cash…


  3. January 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I got a taste of this exclusive lifestyle last week when someone left a magazine that caters to the wealthy in our auto car center lounge (What it was even doing in my town, let alone my store is a mystery). To show you how upper class it was, there was a section titled “A Buyer’s Guide To Fine Aircraft.” There were also plenty of ads for companies that would hook you up with supermodel singles, but no info on where to get real snow tiger pelt luggage…


    • January 7, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Ha, I’d love to be able to read a magazine like that and seriously consider which aircraft I was going to buy. No necessarily to go anywhere, but it would be fun to visit it in its hanger with my supermodel girlfriend.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. January 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    What a loving couple 🙂 Snow tigers can always have a litter to replace that one lost.

    Funny story with a lot of truth too. Nice one.


    • January 7, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Sadly there is some truth there.
      I’m not sure there are enough white tigers left to have a litter 😦


      • January 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

        I was trying to sound like a “rich hypocrite” for a second. Agree … it’s sad that some animal species have become so rare and are so close to extinction.


        • January 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm

          Ah 🙂
          I actually looked up white tigers. It’s quite interesting. Apparently their colour is the result of a genetic anomaly which already makes them very scarce. Of course, their lack of colour also makes them prime targets for hunters :-(. Exactly the sort of thing people like my two muppets would want for their luggage.


  5. January 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Hmm… Such grand flaunt of hypocrisy these people have. Smoothly done, Ali. I love their voices, too, and those playful terms of endearment. 🙂


    • January 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

      They are quite a pair, aren’t they? I hope they never mix with us “normal” people or they might get a thumping 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 8, 2016 at 5:31 am

        They surely are. Nah.. I don’t think so. We’re too “normal” for them to get along with. 🙂


  6. January 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Scrumptious sweetmeat? lol You’d have got a boot in yer meatballs lol


  7. January 7, 2016 at 12:15 am

    How very presumptuous of you!


  8. January 7, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Indeed, sweetmeats, indeed!


    • January 7, 2016 at 8:02 am

      They’re in a world of their own.


  9. gentlestitches
    January 7, 2016 at 6:03 am

    LOL! Such a funny spoof on “fundraisers” XXXX


  10. January 7, 2016 at 10:47 am

    ‘Rich Hypocrites Save Our Beautiful Green Planet Benefit’ waits for no man. Fly, Jeeves, and don’t spare the jet fuel!”

    Talk about ironical.


  11. January 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Loved the irony of this piece. Very convincing voices too, unfortunately.


  12. gahlearner
    January 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I love this. I know these people are out there, if only they were as much fun as your story.


    • January 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      It’s like they don’t even realise what they’re saying.


  13. January 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I’m glad poor people like me can do our part to provide causes that entertain the “Fabulous and Wealthy”. I’m sure the two million dollars that was spent putting on the “Rich Hypocrites Save Our Beautiful Green Planet Benefit” made the $10,000 that they raised for charity an exciting evening!

    Great job as always! 🙂


    • January 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Ha, yes, I’m sure they all had a lovely time “being seen” while the party planners sat back and watched their bank accounts expand 🙂
      Glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Merbear74
    January 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Scrumptious sweetmeat!!! I love that, so funny!


    • January 7, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      I’ll have to try it out sometime 🙂


      • Merbear74
        January 8, 2016 at 1:26 am

        Well, let me know that works out LOL


  15. January 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Fantastic! I could almost hear them.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!


    • January 7, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks! I’d love to meet people like this just so I could gawp in disbelief.


  16. January 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    ‘Rich Hypocrites Save Our Beautiful Green Planet Benefit’ – I’m sure that group exists, unfortunately I am few billion people down the ladder to attend their meetings.


    • January 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      I too am a few hundred million pounds short of membership. I don’t think I’d fit in anyway 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  17. January 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Very funny, Ali. Haha! Nothing seems more excessive than one’s own jet plane. I love the dialogue.


    • January 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Once you have your own plane, yacht and island you’re at the top of the tree. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. January 7, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Oh! What fun this is, although very sadly real. Spot on! as Genevieve would say.


    • January 7, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Sadly real indeed. Glad you liked it!


  19. January 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Reminded me of when the world’s leaders attended the Kyoto summit. 🙂


  20. January 8, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Hilarious, Ali. I always enjoy your characterizations of the rich and the Cornish. These people do contribute by giving money and employing help to put on the parties. Of course, they also make their own rules. Well done as always. 😀 — Suzanne


    • January 8, 2016 at 10:30 am

      We can only hope that they contribute more than they spend 🙂


  21. January 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Reminded me of Sting I’m afraid.
    Have you bought your lottery ticket yet for the rollover?


    • January 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Urk, sorry 🙂
      I must admit I was tempted to buy a ticket, but too much of my money has gone down that route so I’m giving it a miss. Apparently they’re selling 400 tickets a second!


      • January 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        My daughter’s workplace won £50 – so not the 50 million then!


        • January 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm

          Oh well. That’ll cover an evening out down the pub anyway!


  22. January 8, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Oh the irony! The dialogue is excellent. Good show!


    • January 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks! There’s something fun about people so far removed from reality 🙂


  23. January 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    definitely, i’m not going green with envy with these folks. 😦


  24. January 9, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Nice pair! Great piece of satire.


  25. January 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Oh, I like the message in this story… the hypocrisy and downright snobbery of people who remove themselves from the movements, societies and actions they purport to promote. There are too many people like this in the world – or perhaps that’s just my way of looking at things. Love the dialogue.


    • January 11, 2016 at 8:04 am

      There are quite a few around I think. Also those who genuinely do good as well, of course. I’m glad you liked it!


  26. January 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Sad truth with a pinch of humor, excellently done!


    • January 11, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! My little bit of social commentary for the month.

      Liked by 1 person

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