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FF – Fate Happens

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by C.E. Ayr.

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Copyright C.E. Ayr


“No! No way!”

“Whatever is the matter, my dear?”

“It has a balcony! Read the news, woman! English tourists are forever plunging to their deaths off balconies. And that aircon unit! In every American film I’ve ever seen someone’s been crushed by a falling aircon unit.”

“Maybe you’ve been watching the wrong…”

“You go inside. I’m nobody’s fool. I’m going for a swim in the pool.”

Funny, but in every film I’ve ever seen…


… the injury’s because some idiot doesn’t check…


… there’s water in the pool before jumping in. I hope our holiday insurance covers gross stupidity…


  1. June 5, 2019 at 7:14 pm



  2. June 5, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    HAHAHA! Look before you leap! 😀


  3. June 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Great Belly Laugh!


  4. June 5, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    There’s just danger everywhere you look – even tripping on the plant pots on the stairs…


  5. June 6, 2019 at 12:10 am

    He should’ve been more concerned about all those plants. How many movies have giant man-eating plants in them? All of them, that’s how many!


    • June 6, 2019 at 6:37 am

      I’m sure they’ll get him as he drags himself up the stairs on his way to phone for an ambulance!


  6. June 6, 2019 at 12:12 am

    {giggle-snort} Well done!!


  7. June 6, 2019 at 5:41 am

    oops. His paranoia needs to run deeper….so to speak.


  8. June 6, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Spoken like a true wife. Warning after the event…


    • June 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      Heh! She’s not exactly rushing to call an ambulance either 🙂


  9. June 6, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Nervous and impetuous, a dangerous combination!


  10. June 6, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Hilarious, Ali. Great dialogue and sounds. He seems to have his own blind spots. I loved the “Splat”. 😀 — Suzanne


    • June 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      The “splat” seemed appropriate 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  11. Lyn
    June 6, 2019 at 9:35 am



  12. June 6, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Dear Ali,

    Nothing puts an abrupt end to a swim than a pool without water. You made me laugh.




    • June 6, 2019 at 6:26 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      As a keen swimmer, not a mistake you’d make, I bet! I’m glad you liked it.


  13. June 6, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Made me laugh – such an inventive story. Love the energy of the paranoid person in the story.
    Well done.


    • June 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      His wife will probably be glad of a bit of time to herself while he recuperates 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  14. June 6, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Very slickly and fluently written, Ali. I liked the hysteria of the husband’s voice.


    • June 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      He did seem close to the edge, didn’t he? I’m glad you liked it!


  15. June 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Oh Oh🙀Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞


  16. June 6, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Love the “gross stupidity” line. Made me laugh at Mr. Know it all! 🙂


  17. June 7, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Danger lurks about everywhere! You have to be en garde every moment just to stay alive lol.


  18. June 7, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Haha. Perhaps it was one of those skateboard pools.


  19. June 7, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Stupidity is a pre-existing condition. 😆


    • June 7, 2019 at 7:42 am

      True – looks like they’ll be paying for everything themselves, then!


  20. June 7, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Hoped for a splash and went splat instead! I’d like to say it’s an easy mistake to make, but it’s really not! Nice one.

    My go at Friday Fictioneers!


  21. June 7, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Haha. Oh I had forgotten how sublimely silly yet ultimately refreshing your stories were, Ali. Thank you.


    • June 7, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      I’ve done a run of silly stories recently. I’m glad you liked it!


  22. June 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Hahaha very funny.


  23. June 7, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    I love the way you structured this conversation. But I have to ask—-REALLY? People have actually NOT checked to see if the pool was full? Yikes.


    • June 8, 2019 at 4:56 am

      Lots of people don’t check, those people being characters in slapstick comedies. Plus this idiot 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  24. June 8, 2019 at 8:19 am

    She’s very patient. I think she knows what to expect from him. Very funny story.


    • June 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Yes, I don’t think this is the first time something like this has happened. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. June 8, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    The house seems to be particularly jinxed for English visitors.


  26. June 9, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    These people would find a way to injure themselves even if they lived in a bubble!


  27. gahlearner
    June 9, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    This made me laugh out loud. I think all the insurance he needs now is for a funeral.


    • June 10, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Ouch, repatriating a body doesn’t come cheap… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • gahlearner
        June 10, 2019 at 10:13 pm

        Why repatriate? 🙂 (Double-ouch…)


        • June 11, 2019 at 6:47 am

          True, just leave him in the pool and get on with the rest of the holiday 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  28. June 10, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I realise we should probably not laugh, but laugh we must!
    Fun one, despite the fact he probably didn’t survive that one!


    • June 10, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      I like to think he only shattered both his legs. He’s a jumper, not a diver 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 10, 2019 at 6:38 pm

        I dunno….
        If he were a stuntman, he would have a chance…


  29. June 11, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I giggled a little too. :/


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