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FF – Skool Daze

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. She also provided this week’s photo.

 

The starting pistol fires! He dives into the water – Geoff Bullet, defending Olympic champion. But… something’s wrong! Bright light, waves… not a pool, a huge lake! A random inter-dimensional portal…? Geoff kicks hard for shore… so far, so very far, muscles like lead, must… keep… going…

“Geoffrey! Stop thrashing around, get out of the pool and get changed! The rest of the class is already on the bus.”

“Yes, Sir, sorry, Sir…”

Caught by a vicious deadly monster, Geoff Bullet is hauled from the water and forced into a lifetime of slavery in the notorious Algebra Mines of the planet Arithmeticita…

 

  1. May 16, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Poor Geoff. Hauled out in the middle of his magnificent daydream. For Algebra at that. Hilarious, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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  2. May 16, 2019 at 7:40 am

    The inside of a child’s head is a wonderful place

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  3. May 16, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Poor kid… sent off to the Algebra mines for the rest of his life to dig up unknown quantities of unknown quantities…

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  4. May 16, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Have you been talking to Calvin of “Calvin and Hobbes” fame?
    I love this. So very much!

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    • May 16, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Poor Hobbes would be quite soggy if he were there 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. May 16, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    What an imagination Geoff has! He’ll need it in the Algebra mines. At no time in my life thus far have I ever need to know that x+y=z or whatever the answer is supposed to be. 😀

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    • May 16, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      I’ve used algebra but I’ve never needed to know what the angle of the triangle in the circle was…

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      • May 16, 2019 at 9:36 pm

        It’s the square root of the hypotenuse times pi divided by 3x + z squared. But that’s only the correct answer on Thursdays if the
        moon is full.

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      • May 17, 2019 at 7:06 am

        See how much you remember!

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  6. May 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Hahaha… loved his daydream. I daydream to this day of magnificent stuff😂

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  7. May 16, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    His own fault, he shouldn’t have broken the water slide rule.

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  8. May 16, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Oh, that was brilliantly done! Thank you for making me smile.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  9. May 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Geoff certainly has a wonderful imagination. You need one to get through Algebra!! 🙂

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    • May 17, 2019 at 7:05 am

      You certainly do. It’s the only way to make it through with your sanity intact 🙂

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  10. May 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    A good way to make school days more interesting! Great fun 🙂

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    • May 17, 2019 at 7:06 am

      You need something to make them more interesting. I’m glad you liked it!

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  11. May 17, 2019 at 8:35 am

    So entertaining, poor old Geoff ! Having a horrible time. Superb ending line – taken to the Algebra mines of planet Arithmeticita. Did you dislike maths at school by any chance ?

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    • May 17, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Ha, hated it with a passion. All through school and the maths component of my first degree (Physics so a fair amount of quite heavy maths) I always managed just enough so I didn’t have to retake. I don’t have the right sort of brain.
      As for Geoff – he’s just gonna have to suck it up, like the rest of us had to 🙂

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  12. May 17, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Ah but which dimension is real?

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  13. May 17, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I reckon we’ll be reading Geoffrey’s stories here at Friday Fictioneers before too long!

    Rosey, a joke and some wine!

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  14. May 18, 2019 at 1:25 am

    ” forced into a lifetime of slavery in the notorious Algebra Mines of the planet Arithmeticita…” This made me laugh out loud. I love kids who have those kinds of imaginations!

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  15. May 18, 2019 at 2:09 am

    who knows? he could be the next einstein. all he needs is a great teacher. 🙂

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  16. May 18, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Well that is quite the penalty for tardiness!

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    • May 19, 2019 at 7:25 am

      Yes, it does seem a little harsh 🙂

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  17. May 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Calvin and Hobbes lives again 🙂

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  18. May 18, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    There is nothing more exciting than your own imagination. Great little tale.

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    • May 18, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Very true, and probably for the best! I’m glad you liked it.

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  19. May 18, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    With such an imagination, he can have fun anywhere, even in the Algebra Mines. 🙂

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    • May 19, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Let’s just hope Geoff Bullet doesn’t make his daring escape by requesting to go to the toilet and not coming back 🙂

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  20. May 19, 2019 at 1:07 am

    I like Geoffrey. I taught high school English for many years and I fought hard to capture the kids’ imaginations. At least I could use stories to do it. I always pitied the poor maths teachers with only numbers and formulae to work with – although I’ve known some who could work magic with algebra. Terrific picture of childhood. I love it.

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    • May 19, 2019 at 7:27 am

      I’d love to meet someone who could work magic with algebra 🙂 I’m glad you liked the story!

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  21. May 19, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Why transport Geoff Bullet from his natural habitat to planet Arethmatica? It may not be good for his well being. But elders say, it is for his own good. Who knows what is good and what is bad? All relative!

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    • May 19, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Much as Geoff enjoys his swimming lessons, it is time for double maths class sadly.

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  22. May 19, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Ha! Ha! Such a daydreamer, that’s the only way he is going to make it through Algebra.

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  23. May 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Dear Ali,,

    That sounds like a terrifying planet. I would never want to be sent there. I was a daydreamer myself. 😉 Imaginative and funny.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • May 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Me too. Still am 🙂
      Ali

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  24. May 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Oh… poor guy… but the labor camp will be an opportunity…. he will find a new escape.

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