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FF – Feeding the Flames

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by J Hardy Carroll.

Here’s a dark and chilling story with a bit of a giggle thrown in. Can anyone guess which book/film my desperate inspiration for this came from? Probably πŸ™‚

Copyright J Hardy Carroll

 

Head Fire Officer Drochnik laughed as he ordered his crews to turn their hoses on the buildings. Scum! How dare they? The State gave them everything, and still they rebelled. He breathed in the heady scent as the buildings were doused with petrol.

Doors flew open and screaming peasants ran for safety, dripping the flammable liquid behind them. Many carried their contraband, desperate to save what they could. Bags of Mars Bars, boxes of Curly Wurlies, crates of Snickers and there – what was that one carrying? A basket of Twinkies? Disgusting filth!

Drochnik lit the match, ending their wretched existence.

 

  1. November 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    But was it a pleasure to burn??!! Funny as always, Ali!

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    • November 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Well, it sounds like Drochnik was having fun! I’m glad you liked it!

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  2. November 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Reverse firemen, sort of like “Fahrenheit 451.”

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    • November 16, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Exactly. I had the idea, then thought, hmm, this has been done before. Maybe if I substitute sugary snacks for books…

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  3. November 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Dear Ali,

    But the scent was sweet, right? NOT MY SNICKERS! Snickering here.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • November 16, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Nicely punned!
      I expect people came from miles around to get a sugar high from the smoke πŸ™‚
      Ali

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  4. November 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I think this reminds me of the end scene from Ghostbusters. But that was a Marshmallow man

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    • November 16, 2017 at 8:00 am

      I bet there were a few marshmallows in the mix! It was Fahrenheit 451 which gave me the idea.

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  5. November 15, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Keeping themselves in work too. Win all round.

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    • November 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Let’s hope they don’t get their petrol and water hoses confused.

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  6. November 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    And good health was restored throughout the land! πŸ˜€

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  7. November 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Brings a whole new meaning to “burning calories”. πŸ™‚

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    • November 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Ha ha πŸ™‚
      Man, I wish I’d thought of that for the title…

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  8. November 16, 2017 at 12:06 am

    OH NO! Not the Twinkies! You have to save the Twinkies!

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    • November 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

      The Twinkies are gonners, I’m afraid 😦

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  9. November 16, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I actually had a deep fried Twinkie at an outside festival of sorts once…it was so good, but a 12,000 calories! πŸ™‚

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    • November 16, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Wow, half a week’s worth of calorie intake in one little deep-fried bar! In Scotland they have deep-fried Mars Bars apparently.

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  10. November 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Black comedy, indeed!

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  11. November 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Deep Fried Twinkies are…….. PEOPLE!!!

    And another literary reference!

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    • November 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Ooh, I hope not. Mer says she ate one once.
      I’m all about the literature!

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    • November 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      I’m aware of this but wasn’t thinking of it at the time – my inspiration was Fahrenheit 451, where the “firemen” start the fires.

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  12. November 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

    A welcome dose of humour! Thank you and well done!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • November 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  13. November 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Sounds like the rebellion of the masses was fuelled by chocolate, fat, and lots of sugar. Nice one!

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  14. November 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Please tell me those Twinkies haven’t reached out shores yet! πŸ™‚

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    • November 17, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Not those particular Twinkies. But I have suspicion you can buy them in a shop somewhere. I can’t remember where, thank God πŸ™‚

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  15. November 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Lord no!! Not the Twinkies! They can survive years in their swaddling of plastic, and room temperature, but fire is the sweet smell of death.

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    • November 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

      It seems a shame that a sweet treat which would essentially survive long after the human race is extinct can’t handle a little heat πŸ™‚

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  16. November 17, 2017 at 8:10 am

    You can have my candy when you pry it from my cold, overweight hand. 😳

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    • November 17, 2017 at 8:15 am

      My thoughts exactly. That’s why I’m joining the rebellion!

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  17. November 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Nooooo! Anything but the Twinkies! Entertaining and funny as always!

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    • November 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Sadly the Twinkies are a gonner 😦
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  18. November 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve always wondered what deep-fried Twinkies would taste like πŸ™‚

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  19. November 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I have no idea which movie it could be, Draliman, but I know there’s just one man we know who can make a story like that πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • November 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      And that man is… Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) πŸ™‚ And me!

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  20. November 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Who could stand such a sight?!
    Great story, Draliman.πŸ™‚

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    • November 19, 2017 at 6:55 am

      It’s a pretty bad sight to see. I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  21. November 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I wish someone took away from me all of these offensive items! I will fight back, of course…

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  22. November 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    This made me laugh. A great take on the prompt. πŸ™‚

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    • November 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  23. November 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Good story but I’m not familiar with Fahrenheit 451, Ali so didn’t place it. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • November 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      It’s a good film (I never read the book). A dystopian world where “firemen” burn books.

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  24. November 20, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Ugh… let the Twinkies burn… After watching “Zombieland” we had an urge for them. Disgusting little things…

    Too funny.

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    • November 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Good film πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked my story!

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      • November 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

        It’s a cult classic in my family…πŸ˜‰

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      • November 21, 2017 at 8:20 am

        πŸ™‚

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  25. November 21, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I’ve never seen this movie but I have to think this is a crime!

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  26. November 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Does the smell of petrol mix well with melting chocolate and toasted caramel? Drochnik is not a nice man.

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  27. November 24, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Soon as I saw those fire trucks, Fahrenheit popped right into my head. I guess we enjoyed reading that book😁

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