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FF – Unhappy Camping

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo was contributed by Jan Wayne Fields.

I had real trouble with this one 😦 . Here is what I ended up with.

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Copyright Jan Wayne Fields


Jeremy scowled into his beer. Three days they’d been here and he hadn’t shot anything. Fairground fun for the kids, hunting for Dad. Huh.

Hearing a crashing in the bushes he grabbed his hunting rifle. The foliage parted to reveal a bear! Taking aim, he fired. The bullet ripped through the bear’s head.

Stuffing flew everywhere.

“Muuuummmy! Daddy shot Teddddyyyyy!”

“For God’s sake, Jeremy, how could you be so stupid? And reckless? She only just won that!”

“Thought it was coming at me,” mumbled Jeremy.

“It’s wearing a bow tie!”

“I’m still gonna strap it to the front of the car.”



  1. August 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Cruel, how could you!


  2. August 23, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Daddy’s a bit too trigger happy, it seems. 😉


  3. Dale
    August 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Daddy should not be allowed a gun…

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 24, 2017 at 7:35 am

      For sure 🙂 Though to be fair the teddy bear wasn’t wearing a high-vis hunter’s vest.


  4. Merbear74
    August 23, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Cotton fluff everywhere…


  5. August 23, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    😀 I think Dad may have had one pint too many!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 23, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Too much fun!


  7. August 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I loved the idea of teddy bear tied to the front of the truck


  8. August 23, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Ha ha, what an image, the stuffed bear tied to the truck!


  9. Lyn
    August 24, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I think Daddy had better sleep with one eye opened for the foreseeable future. Never get between a little girl and her teddy bear 😀


  10. August 24, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Well, it STILL made me laugh. There’s a company locally that makes stuffed heads for hanging on walls. As in stuff, like Teddy Bears and fake moose. They are pretty funny.


    • August 24, 2017 at 7:40 am

      A stuffed teddy bear head on a wall would be hilarious 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. August 24, 2017 at 3:53 am

    I live in Montana. That conversation is a little too real. 🙂


    • August 24, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Yeek. I live in the UK – the only people who have guns are farmers and the occasional criminal (and the army) 🙂


  12. Moon
    August 24, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Hahahaha! Such a fun story !
    Poor little bear and the poor little girl . Daddy has earned a year’s share of demerits points


    • August 24, 2017 at 7:43 am

      He’s going to be in the dog house for the foreseeable future. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  13. August 24, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Stuff Teddy Bear tied to the front of the truck. That says it all.


    • August 24, 2017 at 7:43 am

      He’s a bit of a nutter, is Dad 🙂


  14. August 24, 2017 at 7:54 am

    He certainly knows how to smooth over a situation, doesn’t he? Tied to the front of the truck indeed.


    • August 24, 2017 at 9:14 am

      He’s one disgruntled Dad. But he must have his trophy, such as it is…


  15. August 24, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I have it on good authority that stuffed bears are a lot more evil than they may appear to small children. I’m not sure that even in gun loving Amurrica we would allow hunting at a crowdwd fairgrounds….. at least out of season.


    • August 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

      I think the victim once shared a cell with Snuggle Bear…
      I assumed in America those fairground “shoot the duck” stalls were “BYO assault rifle” 🙂


  16. arsenios
    August 24, 2017 at 11:28 am

    A stuffed teddy bear head on a wall would be hilarious 🙂 I’m sure she’ll find a way to make him pay 🙂


    • August 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      I’d like one, what a laugh that would be 🙂 I think Dad’s in for a world of hurt!


  17. August 24, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    This story shot the stuffing out of me. Great read. So dramatic and believable. What a Dad!


    • August 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      I expect he’s one of those people who owns a lawn tractor and only 6 square feet of lawn. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Jelli
    August 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Not sure whether to laugh or cry at this one… laughter wins. Hilarious!


  19. August 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Ha, ha. Talk about justifying a stupid act. Strapping it to the front of the car is waaay over the line. Hilarious and good writing, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


    • August 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      He’ll be the envy of all his friends when he drives back into town with teddy strapped to the bonnet 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  20. August 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Oh, dad is sooo cruel. But he must have his trophy showcased all right. 😉
    Sad…happy and again happy story, Ali. 🙂


    • August 24, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      He definitely didn’t want to go home empty-handed 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. August 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hahahaha! That little kid must be devastated that his dad killed his stuff bear! Can’t be too careful. A bear is a bear and must be shot! LOL! Cute story, Ali.


    • August 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Exactly. It could have been a killer grizzly masquerading as a cute little teddy 🙂


  22. August 24, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    thank goodness, it could have been worse. dad deserves to be grounded once they’re home. 🙂


  23. August 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Yikes! Wearing a bow-tie? Could have been Yogi. I think Daddy’s judgement was clouded by the beer (like Goldilocks and three beers).


    • August 25, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Oh no! Sounds like Boo-Boo has a funeral to arrange 😦 What was Daddy thinking?


  24. August 25, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Sounds as if poor old dad is a few fries short of a happy meal 🙂


  25. Trisha
    August 25, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Ha ha! My favorite line: “It was wearing a bow tie!” Too funny.


    • August 25, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Possibly he thought it was wearing a cunning disguise 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. August 25, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Absolutely hilarious! Nice one.

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    • August 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  27. August 25, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Dear Ali,

    Time to revoke Daddy’s hunting license? Certainly time to take away his guns. He definitely needs a background check. 😉 Poor Teddy. Funny story though.




    • August 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Some form of sanction is definitely in order. I think all of your suggestions!
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  28. gahlearner
    August 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Someone take his gun away, please. And his daughter will have something to blackmail him forever. Fun story, made me laugh out loud.


    • August 25, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Many people have suggested removing his access to firearms, so I’m sending a team round.
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  29. August 25, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    LOL! Poor kid with a trigger happy Pappy! Great take on the prompt. :o)


    • August 26, 2017 at 5:48 am

      I wonder if teddy is the first casualty or just the latest in a long line?
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. August 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Oo! That is so cruel.


  31. on the level
    August 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    sounds like something I would do


  32. August 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    A bow tie, hehe.


  33. August 28, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I think it could have been a lot worse… poor Teddy… the bow tie was a great detail


    • August 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Yeah, it could have been pretty tragic. Every fairground teddy bear prize should wear a bow tie 🙂


  34. August 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Lovely take on the prompt. I could totally picture this

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    • August 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks! Well, let’s hope if it does happen their aim is as good as Dad’s 🙂


  35. August 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I hope he got a selfie pose for his Instagram.


  36. August 29, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Teddy hunting… That’s pure evil. Nice 🙂


    • August 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

      It’s the worst of hunting crimes 🙂


  37. August 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Daddy is making sure he never gets invited for such outings 😀 Enjoyed the story 😀


  38. August 31, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Or mad fool…


  39. August 31, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Or idiot…


  40. September 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    He’s a bit of a doughnut 🙂


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