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FF – Their Future in Our Hands

Here is my quirky not-really-a-story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo comes from Fictioneers stalwart Sandra Crook.

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Copyright Sandra Crook


Picture the scene. A sleepy English village. Ignore the French flag. The French flag is unimportant. This is a sleepy English village.

Concentrate instead on the loving couple, hand in hand, oblivious to anything but each other.

But what’s this? Suddenly a hundred Friday Fictioneererers Fictioneerrers Fiction Writers appear!

Maybe our couple will wander safely home for tea and crumpets. Maybe they will become innocent bystanders of a drive-by shooting. Or imagine, if you will, hordes of undead boiling forth to feast on their flesh.

We don’t know. We just don’t know.

Their future is in OUR hands.

Don’t cock it up.


  1. May 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Ooohhh…the possibilities! Wait, I can’t handle the responsibility. Can I give it back to you? πŸ˜‰


    • May 3, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Ooh, passing the buck, eh? Right, there’s this volcano, see, which suddenly erupts in front of them… πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  2. May 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    No zombies! I vote for tea and crumpets! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Sacre rouge, blanc, et bleu!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. May 3, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Dear Ali,

    That’s hilarious and true to form. What? No vampires or talking cars? Love it!




    • May 4, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I guess this was more of a “meta story” – a story about stories πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  5. May 4, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I like the zombies boiling up to dine on their living flesh. That really works for me.


    • May 4, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Our first vote for the “horror” ending πŸ™‚


  6. May 4, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Love it! That’s just too perfect. Given how exhausted I am this eve, if I try I will cock it up for sure. Yawn… or, I could just go inside, ignore the French flag, ignore the snooty French concierge at the front desk, Slide my key card in a door (any door, doesn’t matter) and crash in the nearest bed. Oops, looks like it’s occupied… oh, well, sleeping French never bothered me anyhow.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 4, 2017 at 7:21 am

      An evening of crashing out sounds good! I’m glad you liked my story πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  7. May 4, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Ha, ha, I loved this. I had mutants in my story and the building was decaying. I didn’t even notice the French flag. You’re more observant. I always seem to miss some little detail. Good writing, Ali. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • May 4, 2017 at 7:22 am

      I started with the “sleepy English village”, suddenly noticed the flag, got a bit miffed and then decided to write it in πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!


  8. May 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Lovely reflexive story there – including us all in the tale, like puppeteers squabbling over their dolls, yanking them this way and that, inventing ever more lurid tortures … Yep, that’s us! Great tale to raise a smile πŸ™‚


    • May 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

      That poor couple. They don’t know if they’re coming or going, living or dying thanks to us πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. May 4, 2017 at 8:38 am

    If there were a prize for diversity in submissions, you would win it hands down! Another winner. πŸ™‚


    • May 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

      I like to mix things up a bit πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked it, and thanks for the photo!


  10. May 4, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Or perhaps nothing happens, like in my case. Great take on the prompt! πŸ™‚


    • May 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚ At least if nothing happens nothing bad happens!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. michael1148humphris
    May 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    What a medley, just like FF. Very well said

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! We are a diverse set of writers.


  12. May 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Now I wish I’d written about zombies! Good one.


  13. May 4, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    when you deal with friday fiction writers, anything can hapapen. πŸ™‚


  14. May 5, 2017 at 12:46 am

    loved it.


  15. May 5, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Darn it! Why didn’t I think of this? And yes. You, Just. Never. Know. There are all sorts in this motley crew!!!


    • May 5, 2017 at 11:33 am

      We’re quite the bunch. Anything and everything is possible πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 5, 2017 at 11:38 am


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      • May 5, 2017 at 11:40 am

        I’m always in awe of people who know how to do more than the smiley, sad and winky faces πŸ™‚ 😦 πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

      • May 5, 2017 at 11:41 am

        Only with my cell. I have a bazillion options…😘


      • May 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

        Mine probably does too. But they don’t come with a manual any more. I can find the on/off button, so that’s a start πŸ™‚

        Liked by 2 people

      • May 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

        Ha ha! Usually at the left of the space bar is the link to emojis…


      • May 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm

        After of year of owning this cell phone I finally found my emoticons last week by accident — and yesterday remembered how I’d found them. πŸ˜‰ So now I can wink at everyone, too.

        Liked by 1 person

      • May 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm

        Ha ha ha! Way to go, Christine! πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜πŸ‘


      • May 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm

        I found them πŸ΅πŸ’ woohoo πŸΆπŸΊπŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      • May 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Way to go, Ali!!


      • May 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm


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  16. May 5, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Haha, excellent, and so different from everything else I’ve read today.

    My FF story, Ma Fantaisie Francais!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thanks! It was a bit out of the ordinary. I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚


  17. May 5, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Those poor people…. sucked into hundreds of fictional alternate universes. I hope they get to remember all of their experiences at the hands of the FF gang…

    BTW, as I was reading this, I also noticed that the picture looks like it’s one large fake backdrop for a movie or stage play. Once you see that, you can’t unsee it…

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 5, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Remember them all? Why, they would surely go mad!
      So it does. Maybe I’ll Photoshop myself in…


  18. May 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    No tea and crumpets, no drive- by’s. Instead we have terrorists and revolutionaries murdering the tourists, each other, or getting themselves shot — all for glory and a just cause. Morbid bunch, eh?


    • May 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Yes, I was disappointed by the lack of tea and crumpets 😦 There certainly were a lot of wars and terrorists this week, though!


      • May 5, 2017 at 1:35 pm

        Well, I really liked your unusual take on this — very refreshing! Makes me want to write another tale, make them food editors on tour, sampling the local crumpet offerings for their latest cookbook. πŸ™‚


      • May 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Ooh yes, a book all about crumpets. “Crumpets of the World” they could call it πŸ™‚
        I’m glad you liked it!


  19. May 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I liked this take on the prompt, even though it wasn’t a story.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. May 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Oh dear, I completely missed the couple holding hands so feel I’ve failed them already. Loved your clever and imaginative take though!


    • May 6, 2017 at 5:07 am

      They’re quite hard to spot πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked my story!


  21. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    May 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Ha, loved this light piece.


  22. May 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    No all of the sudden it will be raining grand pianos… poor couple


    • May 6, 2017 at 5:08 am

      Anything and everything is on the cards for the poor souls!


  23. May 6, 2017 at 6:35 am

    That couple are totally oblivious to the tales we have all weaved them into! I loved this πŸ™‚


    • May 6, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      The poor fools. Little do they suspect…
      I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚


  24. May 6, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I believe the correct collective noun would be Friday Fictioneers. Although in this case, I think you have formed a break-away sub-group, called the Friday MetaFictioneers. I imagine this breakaway group to be a lot like the Muskateers, or the Mouseketeers, if they had gone to uni and done a masters in “Fiction and Post-Modern Literary Theory.”


    • May 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      The best thing about a meta-story is that I don’t have to think of my own actual story.
      That university course sounds interesting. Like you rock up 3pm, talk rubbish for an hour and then repair to the student union for drinks, I mean to discuss the day’s literary theories πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  25. May 8, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Or maybe…all of the above! lol


    • May 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Now that would make for an exciting and somewhat weird story πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  26. May 8, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I just saw a fairy tale πŸ˜‰


    • May 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

      And a very amusing fairy tale it was too πŸ™‚


  27. mickwynn2013
    May 9, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Haha nice assessment of the possibilities of the collective FF imagination


    • May 9, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Anything could happen when that prompt hits the airwaves every Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. May 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I like how you switched out the French flag by assertion.


    • May 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      I had the story half-written (set in a sleepy English village) and then noticed the darn French flag. So I found a way to mention it and get rid of it πŸ™‚


  29. May 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    If their future is in my paws, well, they live happily ever after, Draliman πŸ˜€ Pawkisses πŸ™‚ ❀


    • May 12, 2017 at 9:36 am

      That sounds nice, I hope their future is in your paws πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  30. May 29, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Absolutely hilarious. I love this style of writing.


    • May 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

      And dialogue’s really easy to write, too. I’m glad you liked it!


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