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FF – How to Fix Your House

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s picture was sent in by Roger Bulltot.

I hope my story works okay, I had to cut a lot out 😦

To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Roger Bulltot

 

“What is this, oh Ghost of Future?”

“This is your manor two hundred years from now. Broken, dilapidated, your family living in poverty.”

“What must I do, oh Ghost?”

“Stop being a doormat! Take control!”

“I will, I will! I shall start whipping the servants immediately!”

“Good.”

With that, the “ghost” vanished, appearing two hundred years later inside a very well appointed mansion. He stepped out of the time bubble and looked around.

“Well, that worked.”

A drop of water dribbled through the ceiling. He checked his bank balance and frowned.

“Hmm, now to do something about great-grandfather’s investment portfolio…”

 

 

  1. August 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    It works pretty damn well!

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  2. August 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    So the Ghost of Christmas Future was a time traveler. Interesting.

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:12 am

      He sure was! It was all explained in the original cut of “A Christmas Carol”, but Dickens’ editor told him to cut it out as he was over the word count…

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  3. August 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Hahaha good one Ali!

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  4. August 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I imagine that would be the first thing many people would do, if they had a time bubble! Fun story, and it made sense even without whatever you cut out of it. (I feel your pain!)

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:13 am

      It would be just too tempting to pop back to improve your lot in life…

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      • August 31, 2017 at 12:18 pm

        Although of course, you never know what other effects that supposedly simple change will make… (cue ominous music) Yeah, I’ve read too many of those stories; I know how badly this turns out. 😉

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      • August 31, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        OMG did you just step on that butterfly… 🙂

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      • August 31, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        NOOOOOO!!!!

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      • August 31, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        Squish! Bye bye THE MOON 😦

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      • August 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm

        Wow, that was a *really* important butterfly. 😉

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      • September 1, 2017 at 6:54 am

        🙂

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  5. August 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I wonder if this would work at my house………….:)

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

      If you have a time bubble it would! Do you have a time bubble? No? You would need a time bubble 😦
      Besides, Henri might not approve…

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  6. August 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    It works, but I still feel bad for the servants…

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Me too. Their future just got a lot less rosy.

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  7. August 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Oh! This made me laugh.

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  8. August 30, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Very creative way to fix the house! 😁

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:16 am

      It’s a lot less work, too 🙂

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  9. August 30, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I wish I lived in a manor and had a time machine. That not being the case, I’ve been considering … a loan.

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:17 am

      The fallback for all of us not fortunate to be able to travel through time 😦

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  10. August 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Got to protect one’s interests, anyway you can! Good one.

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  11. August 30, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    What a wonderful fantasy!

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  12. Adam Ickes
    August 31, 2017 at 1:00 am

    So am I to assume time travel is dirt cheap in the future? He was living in poverty after all. I’ll have to make a note to my descendants to come back and spruce up my life a bit when time travel gets that cheap. It’s not for my benefit, but theirs… clearly.

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Clearly. You’re all heart 🙂

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  13. August 31, 2017 at 2:24 am

    it looked like he got it under control, but poor servants…

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Yeah, there’s always someone who loses so that others can win.

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  14. August 31, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I really liked this. Thanks for posting.

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  15. August 31, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Evil Squirrel’s Eiplogue:

    And so the Ghost of Future reappeared to the man again, this time with solid tips to invest in a couple start ups nobody had heard of named “Amazon” and “Google.” The Ghost stepped out of the time bubble and once again back into the future, where he promptly vanished into the ether…. erased from existence after his now very rich great great grandfather broke off his engagement to the ghost’s future great great grandmother in favor of a blonde floozy half his age.

    “Bollocks!” the Ghost cursed from nowhere in particular.

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Ha! You have succinctly described the major drawback with mucking about in your own past…
      At least he made his great great grandfather very very happy, though.

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  16. August 31, 2017 at 5:14 am

    A “TIME MACHINE”. I love time machine stories. We can do some much with time machines.

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:21 am

      The whole of space and time is our oyster!

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  17. August 31, 2017 at 6:10 am

    The essence of a Spirit, nicely distilled. Good one, draliman.

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  18. August 31, 2017 at 6:25 am

    So far I haven’t been contacted by anyone from the future. I have a strong feeling my employees wouldn’t take to “whipping” kindly. They’d just go elsewhere. Good writing, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • August 31, 2017 at 7:22 am

      I can’t imagine his servants stuck around for very long either. I’m glad you liked it!

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  19. August 31, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Time travel comes in handy every once in a while 😀

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    • August 31, 2017 at 11:57 am

      It does. Shame I don’t have the required equipment 😦

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  20. August 31, 2017 at 9:47 am

    My place is in need of repair, I wonder where I can find a machine!

    Click to read my FriFic

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    • August 31, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Maybe chappie will lend you his. For a price…

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  21. August 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I wonder what else he might have changed by messing with the space-time continuum? I don’t know what you cut but the story comes across loud and clear. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • August 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Anything could have happened, he’s a pretty selfish-sounding person.
      I originally cut out so much I had to edit it a lot to get it working again. Thanks 🙂
      Ali

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  22. August 31, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Travelling back in time to bully your ancestors into investments and actions, brilliant idea. He doesn’t deserve it though, whipping the servants and all… This so works. 😀

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    • August 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      He’s a real entrepreneur 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it (apart from the servant-whipping)!

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  23. August 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Hahahaha! Cute story!

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  24. August 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    “I will, I will! I shall start whipping the servants immediately!”

    Aww. 😦

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  25. August 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Why oh why do the servants have to pay for his own laziness? That “ghost” could have given better ideas though, selfish as he is, I think he cares not about the hows as long as he gets the desired results!
    This was a lot of fun, Alistair. and I sure did not suffer reading it so you must’ve done a bang-up job !

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    • September 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

      He definitely doesn’t care about anything other than himself. He probably also figures the servants are long-dead so what the hell. I dread to think what he got his great-grandfather into to make money…
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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      • September 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        Selfish! I guess he can justify his nasty behaviour as none of his “puppegs” are around!

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      • September 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        I’m dying to know what a “puppeg” is 🙂

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      • September 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

        Sh*t! Puppet! I meant puppet!!

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      • September 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

        Aw, that’s a bit disappointing. I thought I was about to learn some cool Canadian slang 🙂

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      • September 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

        So sorry… wish it were the case…

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      • September 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        😦

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  26. michael1148humphris
    August 31, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    You story tickled me pink. Lovely

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    • September 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  27. September 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Good one. I can see where you’ve cut it. It was funny.

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    • September 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  28. September 1, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Nice take on the picture.
    Click Here to see what Mrs. Dash Says

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  29. September 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Somewhere, a timey wimey person is having a major headache, and a tall, green-haired woman is readying her time-traveling key like a baseball bat. Well done! ^_^

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    • September 1, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Hah, “timey wimey”. He never was the best at described the whole thing! I’m glad you liked it!

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  30. September 1, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Awww…..he had to beat his servants so his family could be wealthy 200 years later? That sounds like something a 1%er would do. :o) Great story!

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    • September 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

      He managed to turn his ancestors into nasty people 😦 Glad you liked it!

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  31. September 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I like it 😊

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    • September 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Thanks 🙂

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      • September 3, 2017 at 6:35 am

        Take a look on my last post and follow me if you like it 😀.

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  32. September 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Well, he certainly had a plan – and a time machine, of course. An excellent way of making sure the property he inherited was in good shape (if we discount his selfish, callous behaviour). 🙂 Well told, with a great touch of humour. 🙂

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    • September 3, 2017 at 6:38 am

      He doesn’t much care as long as he’s living in splendour. A cunning plan, though! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  33. September 2, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Maybe he should go further into the future to check the consequences of his own actions! Nicely done Ali

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    • September 3, 2017 at 6:40 am

      I have a feeling he won’t like what he finds, and he’ll spend the rest of his life travelling back and forth manipulating things… I’m glad you liked it!

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  34. September 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    A very good use of that time bubble, Ali. 🙂 I’m glad it’s safe wherever it is… in the possession of that future ghost. The thing is, the servants should never know…otherwise… who knows what would happen. 😉
    That was a really good one Ali. 😀

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    • September 3, 2017 at 6:42 am

      He’s a bit unscrupulous but it got the job done. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  35. September 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    More than one twist in this one. Made me smile.

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    • September 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Twists come hand in hand with time travel. I’m glad you liked it!

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  36. September 3, 2017 at 8:03 am

    What a clever ‘ghost’ !Great story, Draliman .

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    • September 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      He is! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  37. September 5, 2017 at 7:40 am

    MOL 😀 Loved the story, Draliman 🙂 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

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  38. September 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Such a fun story 🙂 Love it.

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