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FF – A Costly Mix-Up

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Kent Bonham, and you read the other stories by clicking on the blue froggy.

Copyright Kent Bonham

Copyright Kent Bonham

 

“I don’t understand, Michaelson. We’ve tried every glyph in this damnable book to no avail, by Gods!” snapped Trenchart in exasperation.

Michaelson regarded the book suspiciously. “Are you sure this book is the genuine article, old man? Three weeks we’ve been at this. Three damnable weeks!”

“Got it off some chappie in the market, cost a fortune. Swore it was the genuine article, what?” said Trenchart. “Same time as I purchased that colouring book I shipped home to my daughter…” He tailed off, and the intrepid explorers looked at the book in horror.

“Damn it all, Trenchart!” yelled Michaelson.

 

  1. April 13, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Just let me color that in for you! 😆

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

      You’ll have to be quick – daughter is a rapid scribbler 🙂

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  2. April 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I’m sure the child will SO appreciate the gift 🙂 Thanks Dad!

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

      It’s the most awesome and authentic-looking colouring book ever!

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  3. April 13, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Dear Ali

    That little girl is going to have a great time coloring. He he. Delightful story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      She could hardly believe her eyes when such an amazing-looking colouring book arrived on the doorstep! I’m glad you liked it 🙂
      Ali

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  4. April 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    lol, love it. I saw a colouring book at first as well 🙂

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Glad you liked it! Yes, it does look like something you’d buy in a newsagent for a rainy afternoon 🙂

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  5. April 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Coloring is relaxing and whatnot. 🙂

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

      It is, especially when you have an ancient artefact to colour in 🙂

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  6. April 13, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Incredible!
    I started blogging this month, and it is a pleasure that I came across your blog.
    It has inspired me to start my next article.
    Thank you:)

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    • April 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment! And many apologies for the late reply – I just found it in the spam folder. Not sure why it fell in there 😦

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  7. April 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    ha ha ha.. this was too good! 😀

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  8. April 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    OOPS! No telling where that kid is by now! (Two thumbs up!)

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  9. April 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I laughed

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  10. April 13, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Excellent dialogue Ali, we certainly learned a lot about this pair from how they spoke. I love that it took them three weeks to work out they had the wrong book. That’s about how long it takes to colour in some of the pictures in those colouring books…

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Maybe the daughter won’t have scribbled all over the whole thing yet, then 🙂
      They were pretty slow on the uptake. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. Lyn
    April 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    LOL I love the dialogue–it made it so easy to picture these two. Wonderful take on the prompt D-Man 🙂

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

      I have a clear picture of them in my mind too. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. April 13, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    😂😁
    he sent the wrong one home, oh dear.

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  13. April 14, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Hahahaha! Well, there is a plane leaving for the U.K. soon …
    Great, Ali 😀

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Let’s hope it’s a direct flight and there are seats available. Maybe they can salvage something 🙂

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  14. pennydanger
    April 14, 2016 at 2:51 am

    It still may sell on ebay, coloring and all. 🙂

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Yes, there must be some way they can “spin” it. “Coloured in by ancient tribes people…” 🙂

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  15. April 14, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Hilarious! Three weeks trying to decipher a kid’s coloring book, that had to totally crush their egos!

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I would imagine they’ll make a pact never to speak of it again 🙂

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  16. 1jaded1
    April 14, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Coloring is ths new thing…for adults. Funny, this is, though.

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Yes, at least they have something to help them while away the hours on the trip back home… 🙂

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  17. April 14, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Hahaha! Here’s some colored pencils for my old friend… *here you go*
    Fun take on the prompt, Ali! XD

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Hmm, pencils are quite sharp – probably best to keep them away from Michaelson until he clams down a bit 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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      • April 14, 2016 at 11:45 am

        Uh-uh.. no pencils then. 😀
        It’s a good chuckle. Keep it up!

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      • April 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        🙂

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  18. April 14, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Somewhere in the world, a little girl is scribbling with crayons all over the next Rosetta Stone….

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    • April 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

      These ancient artefacts and books can be quite dull and monochromatic…

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  19. April 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Actually that was my first urge when I saw the prompt… reaching for the crayons. Good one.

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    • April 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Thanks! Definitely looks like a colouring book to me 🙂

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  20. April 14, 2016 at 9:22 am

    She’ll never receive another coloring book like that. A coloring book was the first thing I thought of when I saw that picture. Well done, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • April 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

      No, not everyone receives a priceless old book to scribble on 🙂

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  21. April 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

    LOL! Great story. I could “hear” those two old chaps talking in a crisp British accent. They are in a “spot of bother” now!

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    • April 14, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Indeed they are, don’t ‘cha know!

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  22. April 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Really great story and pompous gentlemanly dialogue. That colouring book is definitely ‘cool’ -especially the church window, top left and the various wheels and cogs. Ah well, I hope the daughter’s having fun with hers! 🙂

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    • April 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Who knows what wonderful tomb-opening glyphs the daughter is busily colouring in 🙂

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  23. April 14, 2016 at 11:12 am

    An easy mistake to make, from the picture!

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    • April 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Exactly. I can’t believe it’s not a colouring book 🙂

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  24. April 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Oh what fun! An other absent-minded professor takes the heat!. Made me laugh, thank you!

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    • April 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Absent-minded professors the world over are probably used to it by now (as are their colleagues)! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  25. April 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Tenchart doesn’t make mistakes, until he does, but then they’re worth it, LOL: Great stuff, love the idea and the dialogue. My first thought was zentangles, not colouring books when I saw the picture.

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    • April 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I had to Google “zentangles” – yes, it does look like those. I’m glad you liked my story!

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      • April 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        It was great. Zentangles are fun, very relaxing.

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  26. April 14, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Ha! It’s like when “Indiana” Jones accidentally hands his father’s diary to Hitler and Hitler signs it. Well, not quite . . . but I wonder what the little girl will conjure up with her ‘colouring’ book (Necronomicon?!)? Look out, Bruce Campbell! 🙂 Great story, as always, Dr. A.

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    • April 14, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks! I’m guessing she’ll make a bit of a mess of it, but hopefully not in a horribly sinister way 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  27. April 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Hahaha! They have been following the directions of a coloring book! Costly mix-up!

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  28. IfeomaO
    April 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    That is some expensive colouring book. Maybe try out the path of an artist 🙂 nicely done draliman

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  29. April 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I received an adult coloring book for Christmas and I love it. When the grandchildren are coloring – I whip out mine too! They love it too! Cute story! Nan

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  30. April 14, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Funny story. The real challenge will be getting the book back from the kid. Good luck with that guys.

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    • April 15, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Yeah, if there’s even anything left of it! It’ll be her favourite book now 🙂

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  31. April 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Perhaps the kid deciphered the glyphs? They’re certainly clever at computers.

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    • April 15, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Ha, yes! By the time they get back she’ll have already had a paper accepted to “Archaeologist Monthly” journal 🙂

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  32. April 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Oops. Perhaps the glyphs will work better in psychedelic, waxy colors….

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  33. April 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Haha! Cute. 🙂

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  34. April 14, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    ha ha. that’s really funny. good job. 🙂

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  35. April 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    MOL…maybe they can still sell it after coloring…MOL 😀 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

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  36. April 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    As someone with four adult colouring books on her shelf… I definitely saw one too! Love where you went with this one!

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    • April 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      I hope no-one grabs it from its display stand and starts colouring it in 🙂

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      • April 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        Oh dear….

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  37. April 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Ha! (Need I say more?) 🙂

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  38. April 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Never mind old boy. Sent my daughter the colouring book of doom one birthday by mistake – did her the world of good.
    Would Trenchart and Michaelson like to come round to dinner – they sound a hoot.

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    • April 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      I hope there were no inadvertent casualties when the “wrong” glyph in the colouring book of doom was coloured in 🙂
      They do sound like fun dinner guests!

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  39. April 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Sorry, have to wipe away the tears of laughter to type… Love it! Excellente’ as usual!

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  40. April 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Oh, good one! I wonder how much coloring she’s done by now….

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  41. April 15, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Oh dear! I hope the little girl hasn’t finished coloring her new book.

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    • April 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      I’m sure she just popped in on the shelf for later. Not 😉

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  42. April 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Ha.. How was it.. The coloring book was the one in his left hand.. Or was it the other way around

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    • April 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Hee, whichever hand it was, it wasn’t the hand he thought!

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  43. April 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Oh, oh. If his wife wasn’t mad at him before, she is now.
    But his daughter might have some great adventures.
    Great story—as usual. ;0)

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    • April 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Yes, who knows what might happen when she starts to colour in? Thanks!

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  44. April 17, 2016 at 1:25 am

    The colouring pencils are probably sharper than these explorers. Nice one.

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    • April 17, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Ha, yes! They’re certainly not the sharpest tools in the box.

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  45. April 17, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Oh, oops!! I hope his daughter didn’t color the book already? Aww, made me laugh. Maybe it’s not too late.

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  46. April 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Okay that literally made me LOL

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  47. April 18, 2016 at 4:06 am

    oh my good gawd! great writing, as usual, and hilarious.
    Ellespeth

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    • April 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

      I’m glad you liked my little piece of comedy 🙂

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  48. April 18, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Hilarious! Just like a parent! Harried and hurried and ends up in a hullabaloo!

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    • April 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Ha, nice alliterative sentence there! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  49. Mike
    April 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I hope their book is not lost for ever in the magical world of colouring books, you made me smile great.

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  50. April 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hahahahahaha! Yup!
    A costly mistake – but at least, it’ll stay in the family!
    (And I too, thought it was a coloring book when I saw it – how COULD he have made such an error?! Great pair of gits, they sound like!)

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  51. April 19, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Old Trenchart may be intrepid, but he lacks a little something upstairs, by gum. Love your story. Very entertaining.

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    • April 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Yes, very brave and whatnot don’t ‘cha know but sadly a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic 🙂

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