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FF – Letter to the People

Here is my story (sort of) for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week she also provided the photo!


Conveniently-situated underneath a main thoroughfare, this open-plan property has to be seen to be believed. Well-lit via a panoramic frontage, this airy once-in-a-lifetime find also features a novel indoor rockery and paddling pool.

This property is available now, to anyone, free of charge. Please supply your own sleeping bag.

We’d love to offer you a warm comfortable council-run house, but we sold them all to the private sector years ago. Sorry about that. And we blew the rest of the money. We’re not sure where. Not on healthcare, anyway! Pass theΒ hors d’oeuvres, someone.


Yours Insincerely,

Every Government Everywhere


  1. November 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    This story is unacceptable. It has to be fiction!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 14, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      It is of course fiction! Such a travesty could never happen.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. November 14, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I recognise that social housing policy!


  3. November 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    I’ll take it!


  4. November 14, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Truer words were never spoken! πŸ™‚


  5. November 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    I like the anger here


  6. November 15, 2018 at 5:04 am

    now that it has been revealed, i bet there’ll be a lot of takers making the place uninhabitable. it should have been kept a secret for the privileged few.


  7. November 15, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Clever story, but sad that it’s a true reflection of the way things are. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • November 15, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Yes, this happens everywhere. I’m glad you liked it!


  8. November 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Aww such a strong message in a light hearted way. Brilliantly done.


    • November 16, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Thanks! I didn’t want to be too melodramatic and finally decided on a “letter” to put it across πŸ™‚


  9. November 15, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Very cleverly written with a deeply sad underlying truth. I’ve read it a couple of times. Well-done!


  10. November 15, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    A great satirical take on the prompt.


    • November 16, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Thanks, I find that sort of thing often works better than soap-boxing.


  11. November 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    So near to the truth. Your light-hearted style makes it all the more believable.

    Click to read my FriFic tale!


    • November 16, 2018 at 7:58 am

      I wanted to deliver the message without being too hardcore about it. Thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. November 15, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    This is so clever!! Such a tongue-in-cheek way to illustrate the reality we live in, unfortunately.


  13. November 15, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    So realistic Ali, unless someone cares enough to give the homeless a voice.


  14. November 15, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Every Government Everywhere – no truer words were ever said…


  15. Abhijit Ray
    November 16, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Confession of a corrupt city council member!


    • November 16, 2018 at 7:59 am

      I can’t help thinking someone had too much to drink at the office party and accidentally clicked “send”…


  16. November 16, 2018 at 7:05 am

    It really doesn’t look half bad. And I’d assume I wouldn’t have to pay any taxes on it?


    • November 16, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Obviously there’ll be taxes, this space has been specially provisioned for such use thus incurring inevitable administrative charges blah blah wages to pay blah blah…


  17. November 16, 2018 at 9:33 am

    You’ve no doubt heard of extreme sports. I’d say this is an extreme fixer-upper. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  18. November 16, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Many a true word said n jest, nice one


  19. November 16, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Dear Ali,

    The stories are supposed to be fiction. πŸ˜‰ As always, good one.




    • November 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Ha, this one was a bit non-fiction-y πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked it!


  20. November 16, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    You have blurred the lines between fiction and reality. Pass me an hors-d’oeuvre.


  21. November 16, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Haha! That was great parody of a real estate ad! Funny, I just happened to be reading some blogposts on city planning and the history of apartment-block styles. They didn’t mention this latest evolution! 😊


  22. November 17, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Brilliant bit of social commentary. I’d love to see the fat cat Councillors sleeping rough. Nicely done.


    • November 17, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      That would be a sight to see. I’m glad you liked it!


  23. November 17, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I’ll take it. The potential is endless, just imagine the market stalls selling the collectables thrown over the bridge, the midnight camp fire and skinny dipping, what a hoot. I am surprised the council have not sold this on a a possible gentrification spot – all these pop up gin distilleries must be envious of my basic pad. Oh yea.


    • November 17, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      It could be a thriving community in no time. The council certainly missed a trick there…

      Liked by 1 person

  24. November 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Brilliant take on the photo. So satirical, funny and true ! Well done.


    • November 17, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  25. November 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Well the pension pots had to be topped up somehow, you can’t get blood out of a stone. That’s my theory anyway. Lovely satire, you totally got the nonsense written in those descriptions.


    • November 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Employers have to stock the pension pot so they can “dip into it” later. I’m glad you liked it!


  26. November 17, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    A morality tale for our times. The more government taxes us, the more they own us. I really liked the sharp tone of this piece,


    • November 18, 2018 at 6:49 am

      Control via poverty – yeek. I’m glad you liked it!


  27. November 17, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Wish I had read this earlier, you have given me an idea! πŸ™‚


    • November 18, 2018 at 6:50 am

      Isn’t always the way. Go for it!


  28. November 17, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I never even noticed the neatly arranged rocks when I first saw the prompt, funny how reading other stories helps you see different things. Makes me realise how unobservant I really am! I reckon that if they had the cheek to advertise this spot it wouldn’t be for free though.


    • November 18, 2018 at 6:51 am

      I often miss something that everybody else is writing about.
      I expect there would be a “small administrative charge” involved at the very least.

      Liked by 1 person

  29. November 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Yup. 😦


  30. November 18, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Yup… that’s the housing you can get… but at least it’s free


  31. November 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Bitingly sarcastic! If only it didn’t ring true. *sigh*


  32. November 21, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Great bit of social commentary. Love it!


  33. November 26, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Are you sure you wrote this for the Friday Fictioneers? This is a documentary!


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