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A Bungled Camp-Out

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Jan Wayne Fields.

I don’t know if you remember my completely fictional characters Rocheel and Dail and their Disappointing Day Out? Well, they’re back and joined by the equally fictional “Jon”! This week they’ve decided to go camping in the back garden…

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Copyright Jan Wayne Fields


“Aargh! Dail! Help!”

“What are you doing, Rocheel? Is that you under the tent?”

“It fell on me.”

“The instructions clearly say ‘insert section iii of pole B into flange A of tent flap 3, while gently tugging guide rope 7c’.”


“Fair enough. So, the barbecue…. hmm, nothing’s happening, maybe a bit more lighter fluid…”


“Aargh, my eyebrows, my eyebrows are gone, gone forever!”

“Well, Dail, who are we gong to blame for this debacle?”

As one, they turned to look toward the house…

“Good idea. Jon, oh Jon, could you come out here a moment please…?”



  1. August 14, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Ha ha – that was fun to read!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  2. August 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    HAHAHA! This is why I never read the instructions. I look at the pictures. And if that fails, I improvise. 😀


  3. August 14, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Bit unfair on poor Jon that! 🙂


  4. August 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I’m sorry, Jon is not available at the moment. Can Alexa help you?

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 15, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      Hey Alexa, you’re to blame!
      “I’m sorry, I don’t know how to do that.”

      Liked by 1 person

  5. August 15, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Ha ha ha! If ‘Rocheel’ and ‘Dail’ were not fictional characters, I don’t think they would be too pleased with this characterization 🙂


  6. August 15, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I remember your characters Chad and Brad, and I keep waiting in vain for them to make another FF appearance. They would have been too stoned to even notice they were camping in someone else’s driveway…


    • August 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      It looks like maybe they were brought in to erect the tent, though.


  7. August 15, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Dear Ali,

    Jon is definitely to blame. It’s always Jon’s fault. Dail and Rocheel sound like lovely ladies, although I know they’re totally fictitious. 😉 😉 If the directions were any clearer they’d be in Chinese with the characters upside down and backward. Cute story.


    Rocheel. I mean Rochelle


    • August 15, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      They are lovely ladies (and bear no relation to any persons alive or dead etc etc) 🙂 They’ve fallen foul of the standard sort of instructions you get with things these days, though…
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. August 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Jon needs to make a hasty exit via the back door! Brilliant.

    My story – Gail’s Gazebo!


  9. August 15, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Ha ha! I would have thought using lighter fuel would be more a man’s thing.
    But then, this is fiction in every single way 😉
    Poor Jon. Methinks he might have been used as a scapegoat more than once.


    • August 15, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Yep, totally fiction 😉
      Me and my dad did squirt lighter fluid on a BBQ we had a few weeks ago. Fortunately we escaped serious injury! I think you’re right about poor Jon…


  10. August 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Poor Jon, or maybe he’s used to their antics. A fun and entertaining story as always! =)


    • August 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      He’s the long-suffering scapegoat 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. August 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    it was a scene i can relate more often then folks realize. 🙂


  12. August 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    A great post my friend. Now that all my children are grown and I can no longer blame them, it reminds me to always have a scapegoat handy. Usually the dog or ‘Bob the Burglar’.


  13. August 16, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Oh no, the fire should not be rushed. It’s a case of who’s cooking rather than what’s cooking.


  14. August 16, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Everyone needs a scapegoat. Especially at a BBQ.


    • August 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Yep, so much possibility for disaster.


  15. August 16, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Laurel and Hardy, calling Inspector Clouseau! Such a funny story, Ali.


  16. August 17, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Instructions are bogus!


  17. August 17, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Jon, don’t come out! They are doing this AGAIN.


  18. August 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    This person Dall looks to be a disaster. Rocheel is no less either.


    • August 17, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Yep! Fortunately they’re both completely fictional 😉


  19. August 18, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Poor Jon. That seems to be the barbecue from hell. Funny, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


  20. August 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Dail and Rocheel are lucky that the only thing that was singed was eyebrows! 😀


  21. August 18, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    You make me laugh! I got too close to the gas barbecue when I was young and singed my left eyebrow. It did grow back but it STUNG for days! Nicely done!


    • August 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      I stuck my head in a gas oven trying to light it once and it didn’t end well 🙂


  22. August 19, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Fun read!


  23. August 19, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    The fashion these days is to draw your eyebrows on. Of course that is more for women, I suppose. lol


  24. August 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    An entertaining story Ali – love the way Dail and Rocheel in unison turn to blame Jon !


    • August 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      I’m guessing this isn’t the first time poor Jon has been ganged up on 🙂


  25. August 19, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Those two girls are a couple of mischief makers 🙂


  26. August 20, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I *knew* Jon had something to do with this…


    • August 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      He’s always there somewhere, lurking in the background…


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