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FF – Charred Yet United

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was provided by Karuna.

We have an election coming up in the UK next week, and I urge you guys to give this bunch a chance!

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

Copyright Karuna


“My fur, my lovely fur, gone, gone…”

“This will not do!”

“Maybe it was an accident, Furry?”

“So little Tommy accidentally siphoned petrol out of his dad’s car, inadvertently doused us with it and then carelessly dropped a match on us? No, Cuddly.”

“What about me? My head’s all twisted backwards!”

“Indeed, Dolly. Shocking! We must take action.”

“Yeah!” broke in Cuddly. “Maim, kill, destroy!”

“No, we stand for government. We have one direction, united!”

Vote for justice for our cuddly friends. Vote Stuffed Toys – One Direction!

“Isn’t that a pop group?”

“Hush, Dolly.”

“Doesn’t that shorten to ‘STOneD’?”

Hush, Dolly.”


  1. May 31, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I would vote for these charred cuddly toys any day! 😁


  2. May 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I’d vote for cuddly toys! They would probably do a better job than some people! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jellico84
    May 31, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Giggles… they might do a better job, eh.


  4. June 1, 2017 at 1:05 am

    If it shortens to STONED, I’m DEFINITELY for it! Vote STONED!


    • June 1, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Their party name may inadvertently get them many votes!


  5. June 1, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Ha-ha, my mind saw “STD” before it saw or realized “Stoned”! Or maybe Stuffed Toys-Une Direccion (STUD?). Cute riff with some underlying snark and seriousness to it; I like it, Ali.

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

      It appears they have a multitude of acronyms to choose from! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  6. June 1, 2017 at 4:53 am

    This is a group I can get behind! I think I even have the perfect diabolical campaign manager for them in a certain Uncle Snuggie…


  7. Lyn
    June 1, 2017 at 7:27 am

    😀 XD 🙄


  8. June 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Indeed, Ali. We need more toys in government. They couldn’t do much worse than some of the people elected. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • June 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      I bet they’d make things more fun 🙂


  9. June 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Hahahaha! Poor teddy bears and dolly! Sure hope your election there goes well.


  10. June 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Dear Ali,

    My vote’s for the cuddly toys. Cute story.




    • June 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Lots of votes are coming in for the teddies. We’ll run the country yet 🙂


  11. June 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    If the stuffed toys are talking, someone is stoned. 😉


    • June 2, 2017 at 6:36 am

      Haha, I definitely heard them talking. It must be me 🙂


  12. michael1148humphris
    June 2, 2017 at 12:49 am

    O bears please bare all, I want the truth mind you, no politicing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 2, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Bear with the bears and they will bare all in honesty, as only bears can.

      Liked by 2 people

  13. June 2, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Hehe, disasters and enemies are the best tools for politicians to earn votes, isn’t it… Great piece!


    • June 2, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Exactly! And who doesn’t love a stuffed toy? They’re bound to get elected! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. June 2, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I want to hug them and protect them! Great story!!!


    • June 2, 2017 at 8:43 am

      That’s how they’ll get their votes! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  15. June 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    A brilliant and timely tale! You’ve helped me make my mind up about next Thursday!

    Cast Aside – a very short story


    • June 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Excellent. Because I wasn’t liking any of the alternatives 🙂


  16. June 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    And there was I, confident I’d managed to avoid political comments! Clever take.


    • June 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks! Nope, this was a shameless plug for the STOneD Party 🙂


  17. Dale
    June 2, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    STOneD indeed! This was so much fun… and a nice little message squeezed in, to boot


    • June 4, 2017 at 5:54 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I thought I’d pop in a little politics in a non-controversial way 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. June 2, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    there’s hope. they can still talk. 🙂


    • June 4, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Yes, charred but not down and out 🙂


  19. June 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I sense the seeds of a revolution, onward and upwards for the cuddlies


  20. June 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Most amusing. Totally different to all the other takes on the prompt I’ve read so far


    • June 4, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Thanks! I’m on a lighthearted comedy run at the moment. I’m glad you liked it!


  21. June 4, 2017 at 4:20 am

    This was wonderful to read aloud to my husband. Loved the different voices.

    I’ve missed you, doc, but I still can’t type for a long at a time.

    Till later,


    • June 4, 2017 at 5:58 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      It’s a long recovery you’re having but I’m glad to see you popping up now and again 🙂


  22. June 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Great take on the prompt. My vote is for the toys. Bring on the revolution!


    • June 4, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Yay, they’ll soon sort out the world 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  23. Adam Ickes
    June 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    They need to start a gofundme page to raise some money for their campaign!


    • June 5, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Sadly they’re not very tech-savvy 😦 But they’re still optimistic for Thursday!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. June 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

    These stuffed toys would get my vote. They make a lot more sense than some we must choose between. Great dialogue!


    • June 5, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Mine too. I hope I can find them on the ballot paper! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  25. June 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Ha! Ha! Little Tommy was probably trying to find that spark in their relationships. The toys must be in the public service, they will probably set up a committee to discuss action points.


    • June 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Ha, “spark” 🙂
      I’m guessing their first action point will be to address the availability of matches to the under-tens.


  26. Sarah Ann
    June 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    So funny. Absolutely love Furry’s indignation. Great characterisation as ever and very clever slogan. If I hadn’t already sent in my postal vote, I might have been tempted.


    • June 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      I’ll be ticking their box come Thursday 🙂 Shame they didn’t start campaigning in time for the postal deadline 😦
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. June 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I always vote for furries, even without fur😹Double Pawkiss😊❤


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