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FF – The Perfect Shot

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Fatima Fakier Deria.


Hidden in his perch, he looked across at the chairs. Empty now, he knew that soon each would be occupied. He settled down to wait.

Hours past until at last he spied his quarry entering the garden. A clandestine meeting; it had cost much to determine the location.

Sighting carefully, he targeted the lead participant. A perfect shot.

A meeting of two Great Families. He smiled grimly as a dozen Kardashians and as many Baldwins took their seats.

He took the shot; then again, again, again.

Heh, he thought. Da tabloids is gonna pay big bucks for dese pics.


  1. March 28, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Oh, I was so hoping…never mind.

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 28, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Haha, I had a feeling there would be people disappointed by the ending.

      Liked by 2 people

      • March 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

        Well, if certain people and families simply slipped away into obscurity, the world would feel a bit more sane.

        Liked by 3 people

  2. March 28, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    lol. Great.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. March 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Can you imagine how much the tabloids would pay? Zillions. What a crazy world.


  4. March 28, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I agree with James! Great story! πŸ˜€


  5. March 28, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Yes, as much as death is an over reaction, seeing a fair bit less of certain celebrities would be a good thing. Maybe one day the tabloids will learn to spend their money more wisely.


    • March 29, 2018 at 7:33 am

      If only they stopped spending, these so-called celebrities – wouldn’t be.
      The maddest thing about all this is that MS Word recognised “Kardashian” as an actual word…

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Moon
    March 29, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Great story, Draliman.πŸ™‚ I really liked the β€˜da’ and β€˜dese’ in the last line. Great story.


    • March 29, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I was thinking of him as the stereotypical greasy chain-smoking paparazzo in an overcoat πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  7. March 29, 2018 at 2:30 am

    thank goodness, just a paparrazi on the prowl. πŸ™‚


  8. March 29, 2018 at 6:37 am

    He must have found a really good tree to escape their security. Of course, they probably wouldn’t mind the publicity all that much as they usually have to pay for it. I have to laugh when they use the word reality as in reality shows. Come on. Normal people don’t act like that. Good writing, Ali. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  9. March 29, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Ha! Nicely done there. Love the set up where we’re expecting a blood bath and the pay off with just their privacy dead on the ground! Nicely done


  10. March 29, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I’m not sure any of those chairs are wide enough for a Kardashian booty….


    • March 29, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Hahaha, I mean, bite your tongue you evil squirrel.


  11. March 29, 2018 at 9:46 am

    A few less ‘celebrities’ and this world would be a better place. But knocking them off …? Oh well, maybe…


  12. March 29, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Dear Ali,

    A few less Kardashians and Baldwins? Tempting indeed. There are plenty in the wings to take their places I fear. Biting my tongue…good one.




    • March 29, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      They seem to go forever! I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚


  13. March 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I imagine that the paparazzi are exactly like that! LOL! Great story!


  14. March 29, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Haha, well I’m glad there will be no blood spilled! Excellent storytelling.


    • March 29, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ No blood bath this time.


  15. March 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I’m not going to click “like” as the violence and senselessness was reprehensible.
    So you did your job as a writer.


    • March 30, 2018 at 6:24 am

      Ha, there are a few comments implying that maybe it might have been better if it had been a gun rather than just a paparazzo and his camera!


  16. March 29, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Haha, that was funny.


  17. March 29, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Oh, you did have me going. And a wee bit hopeful. πŸ˜‰


    • March 30, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Heh, you’e not the only one πŸ™‚


  18. gahlearner
    March 29, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Hah, got me. I was thinking Mafia… and then you bring on the Kardashians. I never understood why these people are famous and earn so much money. What exactly is it they do? Fun story!


    • March 30, 2018 at 6:27 am

      I don’t think they really do anything much. Just normal things. I’m glad you enjoyed the story πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  19. March 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

    At first, I thought perhaps it was a bird waiting to assault them with its droppings! Nice one.

    Click to read my 99 words!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. March 30, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    So much for privacy. Still, better than a bullet.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 30, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Yes! And the Kardashians in particular have built their “celebrity” on making public all areas of their lives, so I don’t suppose they’d mind too much πŸ™‚


  21. March 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    We will always have celebs, because people demand them. We’re biologically predisposed to imitate, and celebrity culture just hijacks that tendency.
    I’m glad you stopped short of murder! I think I’m glad anyway…


    • March 31, 2018 at 7:44 am

      Ha, most people are in two minds πŸ™‚
      We’re hard-wired imitators as you said.


  22. March 31, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Ha ha ha ha, I’m with those disappointed with the last line πŸ™‚


  23. March 31, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Ok it was the wild paparrazi shooting… Who cares anything for a great story.
    Great story, Ali. πŸ™‚


    • March 31, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Not an assassin after all. I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  24. March 31, 2018 at 6:29 am

    I loved the ending, great twist. It’s good to keep us guessing. I was thinking one direction, then the twist. Nice! =)


  25. March 31, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Yow! Murder and mayhem in the garden.


  26. March 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Clever, clever. I think you had many of us hoping for a different kind of shot πŸ™‚


    • April 1, 2018 at 6:16 am

      I think I did πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked it!


  27. April 1, 2018 at 3:35 am

    nice – paparazzi making some big big bucks…


  28. April 1, 2018 at 3:37 am

    and made me think of this comic:

    Liked by 2 people

  29. April 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Great fun! πŸ˜€


  30. Sarah Ann
    April 1, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I hope he enjoys his work! When I first read this, and him waiting in his perch, I imagined a bird waiting to christen the assembled throng.:)


    • April 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Someone else had a similar thought. I wish I had, that would have been fun πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  31. April 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    No birdwatcher, no assassin … no no it’s much worse it’s a prowling paparazzi.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. April 2, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Ha, I also thought it was a bird. but for the rich and famous, it is much worse! lol
    Good one.


    • April 2, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Though a combination of a bird with diarrhoea and a photographer would have made a good snap for the tabloids πŸ™‚


  33. April 2, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Ha! You know just how to lead your readers down the wrong path. πŸ˜‰ Quite the wordsmith you are.


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