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FF – Senseless Waste

Here is my contribution to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo is from Dale Rogerson. Thanks, Dale! I have a very clear image in my mind of my two protagonists πŸ™‚

(In case it’s not used where you are, a “copper” is a police office. I guess, thinking about it, that’s where the American word “cop” comes from.)

To read the other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Dale Rogerson

 

β€œI can’t believe it, Jenkins.”

β€œNor me, Sarge.”

β€œAll my years as a copper, to see this.”

β€œFrightful, Sarge.”

β€œIn his own home, his own home!”

β€œHis castle, Sarge.”

β€œSafely locked away from the stinking, all-encompassing evil out there.”

β€œEvil, Sarge. All-encompassing.”

β€œWhat a waste, Jenkins, a stupid, senseless,Β waste!”

β€œSenseless, Sarge.”

β€œHis safe haven, away from prying eyes, and he still couldn’t bring himself to eat the whole pizza.”

β€œPathetic, Sarge.”

β€œI’ll be ripping the piss out of him when he gets back from the shops. And Jenkins? No need to call me β€˜Sarge’ when we’re off duty.”

β€œUnderstood, Sarge.”

 

  1. April 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Life is cruel. When you can’t stand it one more minute, order pizza. And eat it. ALL of it.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:01 am

      A half-eaten pizza is a very sad thing 😦

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  2. April 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Sarge might be too harsh I think. They can always put the pizza in the fridge and some cold for breakfast. πŸ˜‰ Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      There’s nothing like cold pizza for breakfast (with lots of Tabasco sauce of course!).
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Ali

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      • April 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm

        That’s what I had for breakfast! Warmed. With an apple turnover on the side. I love being an adult.

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  3. April 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    A crime scene, for sure. Who can comprehend the criminal mind? πŸ‘Ή

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  4. April 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    The horror! 😁

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:03 am

      It made me want to knock some sense into the silly fellow πŸ™‚

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  5. April 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    A crime beyond all comprehension! What kind of miscreant leaves a pizza half-eaten?!

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Somebody who hates quality food. That’s the only explanation.

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  6. April 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Never waste good (or even really bad) pizza! It’s a crime to all of humanity!! πŸ™‚

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:04 am

      It has to be eaten. At speed, with much stringing of cheese and dripping of grease.

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      • April 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm

        It’s the only way to go.

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  7. April 12, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    but cold pizza is the best, esp certain brands lol

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

      There’s nothing like cold pizza in the morning. Unfortunately I always eat all of mine the night before πŸ™‚

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      • April 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

        haha you don’t order big enough!!! Though it’s getting so expensive to have take away

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      • April 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

        Hah! I make mine from scratch – enough dough to make 6 decent-size pizzas, eat one, freeze the rest of the dough. Hardly costs anything per pizza πŸ™‚

        Last time I had takeaway (my cooker was broken) I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the price. Like Β£12.99 or something. I was expecting a fiver.

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      • April 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm

        tell me about it, and dominos still text me evey week!!!

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  8. April 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Maybe he saved some for them. You never know.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

      You could be right. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt!

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  9. michael1148humphris
    April 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Loved the voice, made me smile

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I tried to do “alpha copper” and his sidekick πŸ™‚

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      • Lyn
        April 16, 2017 at 7:25 am

        Well, it’s certainly not Barnaby and Troy…they’d have polished off the pizza πŸ˜€

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      • April 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

        Yeah, proper coppers πŸ™‚

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  10. pennydanger
    April 13, 2017 at 2:56 am

    If you can’t eat it all, at least wrap it up and put it in the fridge for later. I like how this was written! Great job as always.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Yeah, you don’t just leave it lying around. I might accidentally eat it πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!

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      • pennydanger
        April 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

        Yes, I enjoy all your stories!!

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      • April 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm

        πŸ™‚

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  11. April 13, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I can’t even. One portion left behind, okay… but three? That is indeed obscene…

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:08 am

      It’s a waste. A senseless waste.
      I hope you finished it off after taking the photo… πŸ™‚

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      • April 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        I did! Though I admit to having the 4th quarter the next morning!

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      • April 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm

        Well, you got there in the end πŸ™‚ And there’s nothing quite like a nice slice of cold pizza for brekkie!

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      • April 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm

        Exactly! Though the original 3/4 was also eaten cold as I had brought it back for my supper after visiting the town of Pienza, planning on heating it in the AirBnB oven. But they had a power outtage! Oh well… Was good anyway.

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  12. April 13, 2017 at 4:51 am

    He should be arrested and hanged for not putting what was left in the icebox for tomorrow!

    I always thought “copper” was a slang term from old gangster movies that derived from the word cop, so I had to look up the etymology of the word. It’s a bit cloudy, but it seems you are right that copper may have actually come first.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:10 am

      There you go with the “icebox” again…
      I looked “copper” up just now. Its origin is a little murky. One source reckons it was first used in the early 1700s. Was there an “America” then? My history of that period is a little hazy πŸ™‚
      And thanks for correctly using “hanged” rather than “hung”. That makes two of us…

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      • April 13, 2017 at 8:51 am

        It took a LOT of restraint not to use hung because it just sounds more natural. I just have to remember that men get hanged and horses are hung…

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      • April 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        Yeah, it does sounds weird. Correct stuff often does.

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  13. April 13, 2017 at 6:05 am

    His only way out is to invite these guys to share the pizza next time. Good writing, Ali. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • April 13, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Yes, if he’s not “man” enough to eat the whole thing, he should definitely share!

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  14. April 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Great story Draliman!

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    • April 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  15. April 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I enjoyed the fact that your story is all in dialogue, Sarge. Nicely done.

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  16. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    April 13, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Great dialogue. Loved this piece.

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  17. April 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Jenkins, a yes man all the way.
    Good one.

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    • April 15, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      He’s hoping for early promotion, I think!

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  18. April 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Love the dialogue, Ali. How could he possibly not finish. It’s criminal!

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    • April 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      It makes no sense to me πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  19. April 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    with so many folks starving around the world, i undestand sarge’s sentiment. πŸ™‚

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  20. April 14, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Definitely rocking the dialogue. I think you captured your intentions with the attitude too. Personally, I can never eat a whole pizza alone. Maybe half, if I’m really hungry. I must confess, I’ve never tried it cold or otherwise for breakfast either. I always have to have someone available to share before I order or bake.

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    • April 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!
      Try cold pizza – it’s great. Especially with a bit of Tabasco πŸ™‚

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  21. April 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Very amusing. A half eaten pizza is a crime, or that’s what I call it when excusing myself for finishing it off

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    • April 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Any excuse to require the finishing of the pizza!

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  22. April 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I could just see these two. Love the voices and characterisation. I pity the guy returning from the shops. Unless he’s bringing in more pizza.

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    • April 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      If he is I hope he plans on finishing it this time πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  23. April 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’m beyond words here…

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    • April 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Eat the pizza, dammit, eat the pizza!

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  24. April 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    He he.. you always manage to pull out something really unique in your tales. Liked the way you created the suspense here.. πŸ™‚ Enjoyed reading this.. πŸ™‚

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  25. April 17, 2017 at 9:24 am

    What’s wrong with that? They shouldn’t be so judgemental – I can only ever manage half a pizza.

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    • April 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      At least then you have cold pizza for the next day. Yum!

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  26. April 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Haha – they have a valid case πŸ˜€

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  27. April 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Your great dialogue really made this a fun read.

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