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FFftPP – The List

I know, it’s technically Friday Fictioneers day, but I’ve written a late entry for Roger’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner.

The supplied opening sentence is in bold, and the picture was sourced here.

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There it was. You could see the corner of the folded yellowed parchment sticking out of the torn lining of the battered book.

“How did it get in there?” asked Sarah.

“I don’t know,” replied Mother, “but we need it. We can’t leave without The List.” She gave a tentative tug at the corner of The List. It didn’t move.

“Care, mother!” snapped Sarah. Ashamed at her tone, she continued in a softer voice. “The Book is ancient. We dare not damage it!”

“But The List,” replied Mother. “The List is essential. Without it we cannot continue. All will be lost.”

“One moment.” Sarah rummaged through her pack, finding a pair of tweezers. Carefully, she tugged at the corner of The List until, inch by inch, it came free.

“There!” she said. “At last we have The List, and The Book is undamaged.” She handed it to Mother who unfolded it carefully, almost reverently.

“Is everything there, Mother?” asked Sarah anxiously. “Did you remember the eggs?”

“Yes!” said Mother triumphantly. “Let’s go shopping!”


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  1. February 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    The List … from The Book. Are we on the list? Or in the book?


    • February 25, 2016 at 8:37 am

      We’re in The Book but not on The List 🙂


  2. February 25, 2016 at 12:53 am

    OH MY GOODNESS. I have this very book. It is one of my absolute favorites. In fact I love it so much I’m going to get my copy restored (the spine broke when I dropped it in a move.) Wow.


  3. Lyn
    February 25, 2016 at 1:09 am

    LOL the D-Man at his best 🙂


  4. February 25, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Funny 🙂


  5. February 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hail the mighty list! Ever shortening mankind’s short-term memory.


    • February 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Where would we be without them? Back home with no eggs, that’s where 🙂


  6. February 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Why did I let myself think it was going to be serious.
    Good story.


  7. February 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I empathise, can’t possibly go shopping without the list! Fun story 🙂


    • February 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      I start my list at the beginning of the week and add to it as I find things running low, ready for Saturday shopping 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my story!


  8. February 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    LOL! The whole time I thought the “list” was something very important. Fooled me at the end! Well done!


    • February 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      That was the idea – to make it sound like some sort of Lara Croft adventurer type thing until the end 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


      • February 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

        I did!!


      • February 26, 2016 at 3:53 am

        Ali, do you know of a challenge on WP where they give you 3 lines and you are suppose to use those lines in a story?


        • February 26, 2016 at 8:04 am

          Not that I can think of. Sonya from Only 100 Words does a challenge with a photo prompt where you only write three lines but that’s not quite the same.


          • February 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

            Yes, I know about that one. Thanks so much, Ali!


            • February 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

              Ha, yes, after writing that comment I went and read your three line story! Timing…


  9. February 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

    They may start off being inserted into ancient tomes, but shopping lists always seem to end up abandoned on our counters at work once the customers are done using them. They serve as a source of humor for me as I can laugh at such listed items as “suger,” “ceral,” and “flower”…


    • February 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Maybe the shopper is buying something nice for their spouse. But not too nice considering it’s just the one flower.


  10. gentlestitches
    February 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    HaHaHaHa! Hilarious! 😀


  11. February 27, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Tell her if she did the shopping on the internet ie Tesco she would neve need to write a list again.xxx


  12. March 13, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I treasure ‘the list’ as well… losing it IS NOT FUNNY!


    • March 13, 2016 at 7:07 am

      I’m all at sea without my list. Who knows what I’ll buy!

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