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FF – History Repeats

Here’s my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo is by J. Hardy Carroll.

No time this week so just chucked out a quick story so as not to miss it. Click on the blue froggy for the other stories. I’ll try to read as many as possible, depends how this work project goes.


Harry slumped in the derelict building, swigging vodka and reminiscing on his downfall.

“It’s gotta be this one, Frank. No way it’s a flophouse. No broken windows – bullet-proof for sure.”

“I dunno, Harry. This operation’s cost over a million. Copter support, armoured vehicles…”

“No worries. Go go go!”

They blew the door. A bum looked up in surprise and threw up on Harry’s boots.

His daydream shattered as the door to the old warehouse exploded. Armoured men ran in. Harry looked up – a familiar face!

“Hey, Frank! Wrong building!” he slurred.


“Saved you a seat right here! Vodka?”


  1. September 27, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    You think Frank would’ve learned from Harry’s mistake! 🙂


    • September 28, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Maybe Jim, the unit’s soon-to-be next commander will be more careful 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. September 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Nice blending/confusion of reality and fantasy.


    • September 28, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  3. September 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I think the only solution is more Vodka….

    Liked by 1 person

  4. September 27, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Looks like Harry will be getting a new warehouse-mate. 🙂


  5. September 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Small world? Maybe — very small world?


    • September 28, 2017 at 5:43 am

      There are only so many warehouses around to accidentally raid, I guess.


  6. September 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I love how you took this full circle. Well done.


    • September 28, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Thanks! Only the word limit saved the next unit commander from the same fate I expect 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. September 28, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Harry and Frank … just like the good ol’ days! 😁


  8. September 28, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Isn’t Harry going to throw up on Frank’s boots? Keep the cycle going….

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 28, 2017 at 5:45 am

      He did originally, but sadly (happily for Frank) it got edited out due to the word limit.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. September 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Well, so much for fame and glory. Good writing, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


    • September 28, 2017 at 5:47 am

      Yep, it’s all fallen apart 😦 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Lyn
    September 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

    For a chucked out a quick story you dun great (as always). Can we have some more of these two in another story? Maybe have them regain their former glory and save the world 😀


    • September 29, 2017 at 6:42 am

      That’s a good idea, they are quite cool characters 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. September 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

    It only cost a million! Cheers!

    Click to read my FriFic!


    • September 29, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Enough for him to lose his job, for sure.


  12. September 28, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Dear Ali,

    Mayhem, Vodka and daydreams. Yup, you chucked out a good one.




    • September 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Fortunately my work day got cut to just under twelve hours so I had time to edit it a bit once I got home 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  13. September 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    This is so expertly done within the word count. Love stories that have a full circle.


    • September 29, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Thanks! It was way, way over after the first write and took a lot of careful editing. I like “full circle stories too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. September 28, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Fresh throw-up on one’s boots is NOT a warm welcome 🙂


  15. September 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Oh, that police department really needs someone more competent … Nicely wry tale


  16. September 28, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    i guess mistakes happen especially when you have a lot to drink. 🙂


  17. Jelli
    September 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Oh, that was funny…’wrong building’ that’s gotta suck! Great story.


    • September 29, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Yeah, quite embarrassing when you burst in yelling “police, everybody freeze” and it’s practically empty 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. September 29, 2017 at 2:29 am

    It’s like an enchanted building – made to attract law enforcement. I love the ending.


    • September 29, 2017 at 6:49 am

      I feel… strangely drawn… to this one… go go go 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  19. September 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Nice little story.


  20. September 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    That’s a lot of story in 100 words! Nice one.


    • September 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Action, destitution… not once but twice 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. September 30, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Ah something jovial to lighten the fiery doom of my evening’s reading. Thanks, Ali.


  22. October 3, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Awesome take on the photo prompt

    Click Here to see what Mrs. Dash Says


    • October 3, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  23. Sarah Ann
    October 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

    It’s good when pals get to retire and spend time together. 🙂 You packed a helluva lot in here. Well done.


    • October 3, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Even if their “retirement” isn’t quite what they’d hoped! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  24. Dale
    October 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Can’t help but wonder how often stuff like this could really happen…
    Fun take!


  25. October 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Blame vodka!


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