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FF – A Newer Life

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Adam Ickes.

This photo is a re-run from December 2013. I have used the same basic story idea I wrote back then but have completely rewritten it.


Copyright Adam Ickes


They’d broken away from their tribes, leaving the modern world behind to live as their ancestors had. Hunting, fishing, camp fires. No electricity. No computers.

But the modern world has demands and those demands usually involve money. Some things cannot be hunted or fished. A small income was required.

From time to time backpackers wandered into their valley. In the traditional way, every part of the poor unfortunate was used.

Waste not, want not.

The slogan for their best-selling line ran…

“Hard-wearing hiking boots. Made by men, for men!”

And of course, their biggest secret, from men.


  1. December 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I’m glad I wasn’t eating or drinking when I came to the last line. I for sure would’ve choked. Nicely redone.



    Liked by 2 people

    • December 20, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      It’s pretty icky, but leather is leather I suppose 😉

      Liked by 2 people

  2. December 19, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    EEEEEEEEK!!!!! Good story! But I agree with Rochelle! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. December 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Yikes… and if I’m ever invited to their place I will remember not to eat their meat pies…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. December 19, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    That was unexpected!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. December 19, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I was eating at the time of reading. A very tasty, young backpacker!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. December 19, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Ergh – bet they’re quite comfy though, soft and smooth like skin….

    Liked by 1 person

  7. December 19, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Not a scrap wasted. Pass me a juicy thigh bone. You’ve made me hungry. So imaginative. Well done!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. marple25mary
    December 19, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Well, i wasn’t expecting that ending! Good one!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 20, 2018 at 9:50 am

      You echo the thoughts of the backpackers as they were “stripped for parts”. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. December 19, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    A good one.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. December 20, 2018 at 3:55 am

    ouch, everything was fine and dandy until i read the last line. i guess everything must be put to good use. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 20, 2018 at 9:51 am

      It’s a shame to waste, they’re very into recycling and whatnot 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  11. December 20, 2018 at 9:26 am

    So if one of the backpackers was wearing the hiking boots at the time he was “harvested,” would that be considered recycling?

    Liked by 1 person

  12. December 20, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Ha ha ha. Great mind(less) think alike, as you’ll realize when you read mine 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. December 20, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    The last line brought in a bit darkness..but then it was very well brought out. You did pretty good and imaginative job with the picture.
    And it’s really good to see old blogger mates again .. I used to follow the same series two years back as well. Kudos for keeping it going 🙂
    There was another series where u once mentioned a really hard boiled egg..the one left boiling for too long. Well, I must say I had a similar experience recently :p
    The eggs remain just fine :p

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    • December 21, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Darkness is my thing 🙂
      It’s good to see you around again, welcome back! And I’m glad your eggs were okay 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  14. December 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    All I can say is, creepy! Creative story as always. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. December 20, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Ooh, sends shivers down my spine.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. December 20, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Where is that valley? Detailed directions, please, because I don’t EVER want to wander there!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. December 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    A nasty little story well told.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. December 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I love the matter-of-fact voice you used in this.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. December 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Got to love them boots – nothing going to waste….I was going to say “Yuck”, but I guess I have someone’s skin on my feet if I ever wear leather, even if that “someone” is a bull….

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Bull, bloke, what’s the difference when you really get down to it? 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  20. December 20, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    From men – Unghhh!!! Smoothly done! Enjoyed it very much

    Liked by 1 person

  21. December 21, 2018 at 12:17 am

    You have to appreciate that whole nose to tail movement, so to speak… not good to waste parts… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2018 at 8:14 am

      Since they’re dead anyway, might as well use the whole “animal” 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  22. December 21, 2018 at 2:19 am

    These boots are made for walking.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2018 at 8:18 am

      And while they’re walking, would you like to try one of our tasty “Backpacker Burgers”?

      Liked by 2 people

  23. December 21, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I don’t know… a lot of men are awfully thin skinned…. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2018 at 8:18 am

      They’re saved for the more dainty line of slippers 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Abhijit Ray
    December 21, 2018 at 6:46 am

    It is an unusual story. I think they should also put up a board, “No trespassing or Trespasser’s skin and bones will be used to make a boot.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2018 at 8:19 am

      That would certainly be helpful in reducing the number of mysterious disappearances in the area.

      Liked by 2 people

  25. December 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Love that Motel Hell-esque tint.. Excellent take farmer drailman!!

    Liked by 1 person

  26. December 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    When hiking, we have to be careful not to wander into the wrong valley. Signs should be put up. That’s getting a heck of a bit too close to nature. 😦 — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      It’s real “call of the wild” time in that valley 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  27. December 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    My goodness, did they eat the backpackers. I expect selling the boots encourages more backpackers – a recycling dream.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      I’m sure many of them return to the valley, proudly wearing their new boots, never to be seen again!

      Liked by 2 people

  28. michael1148humphris
    December 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm


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  29. December 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm


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  30. December 22, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Very unexpected.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. December 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    If the boots are made only from men, does that mean women are safe? 🙂
    A bloody good read!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      I think that’s where their bespoke handbags come from. They’re a bit behind the times equality-wise in the valley, though they are equal-opportunity murderers! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  32. December 23, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Lovely story, I have always been a supporter of sustainable living.

    Liked by 1 person

  33. March 15, 2019 at 1:40 am

    You have a great blog. Would you like to share your story on “What You Blog About”
    what motivated you to start this blog ?


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