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FF – A Hell of a Day

Here is my little story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dale Rogerson.

I had to cut 39 words out this week so it’s not quite the epic I initially imagined 😦

Copyright Dale Rogerson


Jimbo watched the sun, or what passed for the sun, rising. Everything, as usual, looked a bit grainy. It must be all the sulphur and damnation, he supposed.

Tuesday today. A bit of light torture, lunch, then to finish, something truly horrific.

He’d had a postcard from his mate yesterday. He’d gone β€œup there”. He was having a marvellous afterlife sitting on a cloud, strumming a harp.

Jimbo hadn’t been a bad man in life. But apparently there was a limit to the number of paper clips you could steal from your place of work and keep your soul intact.


  1. July 18, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Great story! (Now I must go post a package of paper clips!)


  2. July 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    The cartoons are right.? It’s really like that?..


  3. July 18, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    They send people to hell for any little reason these days!


  4. July 18, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Oh hell. See you there!


  5. July 18, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    So, hell by way of Office Manager. πŸ™‚


    • July 19, 2018 at 6:29 am

      The temptation’s just too much πŸ™‚


  6. July 19, 2018 at 5:30 am

    i guess everybody has something hidden in his closet.


    • July 19, 2018 at 6:30 am

      We just have to hope it’s not considered too big…


  7. July 19, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Ha ha ha. But what do they do with the paper clips?


  8. July 19, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Wow, Ali, your world is really strict about who goes where in the afterlife. Also, the devil works by a strict daily schedule. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • July 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Very strict! You’ve got to have a routine πŸ™‚


  9. July 19, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Hehe! I recently started working but now all I want to do is steal some paper clipsπŸ˜… who would know right😏


    • July 19, 2018 at 6:57 am

      Yeah, go on, you know you want to, they’ll never miss a few… πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  10. July 19, 2018 at 8:01 am

    I believe this is just misleading propaganda put out by Kingdom of Heaven Inc. Sitting on a cloud and strumming a harp…. really. Damnation’s where it’s at. I’ll bet there’s a party that literally never ends going on inside of that house. And you know it ain’t the good girls who’ll be there. Behold the wonderful afterlife that awaits the common office thief…


    • July 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

      There was a Blackadder episode on just such a topic – he was Archbishop of Canterbury and used that argument to persuade people to leave their land to the state rather than the church so they’d go straight to Hell – where they do fun things.


  11. July 19, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Oh the terrible affliction of guilt, worse than paper clips is stealing time!


    • July 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

      You don’t even want to know what happens to people who steal time…

      Liked by 1 person

  12. July 19, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Well written, Ali. Making bathos work is a tricky business, and you’ve done it expertly. Well done!


    • July 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Thanks! I didn’t previously know the term “bathos” but it fits πŸ™‚


  13. July 19, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Dear Ali,

    I have to wonder. When one goes “up there” do they automatically know how to play the harp? Fun stuff.




    • July 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      If only I hadn’t had to cut out those 39 words you would have learned that his mate was tone deaf but still having fun! I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  14. July 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Risking eternal damnation for paperclips? Who knew?


  15. July 20, 2018 at 6:54 am

    I hope there is no limit on the amount of coffee I can mooch! πŸ˜›


    • July 20, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Coffee has a special exemption – demons are also fond of pilfering multiple cups a day and felt penalising that would be a step too far πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  16. July 20, 2018 at 7:11 am

    And that only for stealing papurr clips…MOL πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀


  17. July 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I may be a clip or two over the limit… glad I can keep in touch with friends who went the other way πŸ˜‰


  18. July 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I REALLY hope heaven is not just sitting around on clouds strumming harps. Booooorrrrring πŸ™‚


    • July 21, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Yes, that’s more a cartoon view than the promised Kingdom πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

    • July 21, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Unless he’s playing some kind of rock on the harp. hey, if they can do it on bagpipes and such… πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

  19. July 21, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    What a lightweight. IF that’s the best he can do….


  20. July 23, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Uh oh. (lol)


    • July 23, 2018 at 7:01 am

      It’s not to late to send those paper clips and biros back!


  21. July 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    And I thought you only went to hell for stringing paper clips together like daisy chains when a stressed PA needs to get her hands on one fast!


    • July 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      That too, but there’s a very special place reserved for people who do that… πŸ™‚


  22. July 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Because I work in an office, this made me smile.

    Jimbo leave the paper clip where it is, you can do it!


  23. Sarah Ann
    July 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Oh dear, is overs-stealing paperclips enough to have to go down? Although, looking at that sun up looks quite warm too. I like the idea of postcards from those that have gone before – what are they allowed to tell us?


    • July 24, 2018 at 6:34 am

      It’s more than warm, it’s hell πŸ™‚ Postcards from heaven to hell are uncensored – those in charge down below like their denizens to know what they’re missing.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. July 28, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Great story. Who knows, may be you were inspired to give us an honest picture of the things to come, and of the limits πŸ˜‰


    • July 29, 2018 at 5:27 am

      The rules are tightening up, who knows what little thing lands us in the “bad place” πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  25. reddysatyam52gmailcom
    August 7, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Good story


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