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FF – Country Holiday

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo was contributed by Russell Gayer.

Copyright Russell Gayer

 

“No. No way.”

“You said you wanted a break in the country. Well, here we are. In the country.”

“It smells.”

“Country air!”

“There’s no internet.”

“Peace at last!”

“The bed’s all lumpy.”

“It’s the real country experience! Now, you finish unpacking while I visit the bathroom. It was a long journey. The brochure says it’s around the back somewhere.”

Two minutes later…

“Pack your bags. I’ve booked us into the hotel in town.”

“Eh? What happened to country…”

“Don’t.”

“But…”

“Just don’t.”

 

  1. November 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    No sense of adventure. 😉

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:09 am

      We’d’ve just toughed it out in my day…

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  2. November 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    We went to somewhere like that in Belgium. The loo had a chain flush. I pulled and the cistern fell on my head! We didn’t stay.

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  3. November 29, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Great stuff – loved this story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  4. November 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I’d rather be a prisoner with access to proper plumbing than a free person without access to it. 😉 A fun read. 🙂

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Proper plumbing is a must-have for me 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. Lyn
    November 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    LOL D-Man at his best 😀 That was fun!

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  6. November 29, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Love the dialogue. Nothing more needs to be said. Good one!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      Ali

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  7. November 29, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    This is precisely why I don’t go camping! 😀 Great story! 🙂

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Me too. I like the idea of camping, but not the lack of proper toilet facilities 🙂

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  8. November 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Given the photo, that sounds like a totally reasonable response to me! Great dialogue, especially the ending.

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:13 am

      For sure. I wouldn’t stay 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. November 30, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Love the dialogue, especially the last three lines.

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Thanks! I tried to reflect his mood. Not only had his grand plan come to nought but he was currently unwilling to accept that his wife was right all along. We men and our pride, you understand 🙂

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  10. November 30, 2017 at 1:54 am

    That would be me! I need running water, please and kindly thank you. 🙂

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  11. November 30, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Loved the dialogue in this one, Alistair! So much fun… Nope.. I wouldn’t stay either!

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Thanks! I would be right out of there too 🙂

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  12. November 30, 2017 at 5:07 am

    It was the leaves on the toilet paper roll, wasn’t it?

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    • November 30, 2017 at 8:16 am

      They were those really rough ones that give you a bum rash.

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  13. November 30, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Exactly how I behave on a holiday if I find a dirty loo 🙂

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    • November 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Me too. One must have one’s standards 🙂

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  14. November 30, 2017 at 9:31 am

    A perfect response to the picture prompt and a very enjoyable read.
    I am glad she didn’t have to beg or plead any further.😀

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    • November 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Her husband has a line, and finally it was crossed 🙂

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  15. November 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    A traumatic experience to forget!

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  16. November 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Ha, ha. It’s been a while since I roughed it that much. No thank you. I agree with her. Good writing, Ali. The dialogue was great. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • November 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      I wouldn’t have stayed either! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  17. November 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Hahahaha! He decided he didn’t want the country experience after all! LOL! Cute story, Ali!

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    • November 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      He was hoping more for a “country gentleman experience” I think 🙂

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  18. November 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Loved the ending.

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  19. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    November 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Great realistic dialogue. I too laughed at the ending.

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    • December 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I like writing dialogue.

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  20. November 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Haha! City folks in the countryside… Like fish on land. 😀

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    • December 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Yeah. They shouldn’t even try, really 🙂

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  21. November 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Shame he didn’t stay long enough to see the whirlpool bath down at the creek.
    There’s “roughing it” and then there’s just plain rough. Well done!

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    • December 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      He’s missed out on a real delight. I’m glad you liked it!

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  22. November 30, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    this is funny as it gets. well done. 🙂

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  23. November 30, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Couldn’t handle the “roughing it”? Cute story!

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    • December 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Too used to city living 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  24. December 1, 2017 at 7:05 am

    When I was a young kids, my parents took us camping a lot. I remember my Dad saying “If bear #$%^ in the woods, so can you.”

    We once took a two-month long camping trip in the Rocky Mountains in USA. Moved every day to a new site. Lived in the tents, and never stayed in a hotel/motel. I was 11 then. Remember every single day of that trip, even today. It was a wonderful time.

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    • December 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Wow, that’s quite a trip. Must have been quite an adventure!

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  25. December 1, 2017 at 11:25 am

    No staying power, some people.

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    • December 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      No, very sad. Young ‘uns these days, don’t know they’re born…

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  26. December 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    After living for years with a windowless bathroom, I’d have embraced the fresh air!

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    • December 4, 2017 at 8:21 am

      I did too, so one of my “must-haves” when house hunting was a bathroom with a window 🙂

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  27. December 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I think the appropriate thing to say when you go to a privy like that is: “Oh, shit”

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  28. December 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Ha! Not so idyllic after all 🙂

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  29. December 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Indoor plumbing is a line that should never be crossed! Great story, perfectly told through dialogue. Really well done, Ali. 🙂

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    • December 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      There’s roughing it and then there’s the Dark Ages. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  30. December 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Your dialogue is very natural, reflecting the changing moods of the characters, and it tells the story beautifully.

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    • December 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks very much, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  31. December 5, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    hehahahaaa! Hysterical laughter, followed by a “city-boy” comment.

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  32. December 6, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I’m with you. Give me comfort and then some!

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    • December 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Why rough it when you can have a six-nozzle power shower at the local hotel?

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  33. December 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Haha, that was hilarious!

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  34. December 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Fun read. Some experiences just… 😉

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