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FF – Three in One

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Fatima Fakier Deria.

I’ve written three potential stories this week. In 100 words! Because I was out of ideas.


Sammy placed a sandwich in his lunchbox, grabbed his briefcase and left the house, smartly dressed as always. He reached the financial centre, sat on his usual bench and propped up his sign – “Hard worker, please hire me!”


Choose the ending!

  1. Sammy is spotted by a financier who, impressed by Sammy’s ingenuity, offers him a highly-paid job!
  2. Sammy is spotted by the manager of the local fast food joint and spends the next forty years flipping burgers!
  3. Sammy is spotted by no-one and dies three years later, unfortunate victim of a ”drug deal gone wrong”!

You decide!


  1. October 30, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    #1, of course! I love a happy ending! 🙂


    • October 31, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Yay, me too 🙂 No wait, that doesn’t sound like me… 🙂


  2. October 30, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I hope for #1 but the likely one is #2 with the following addition.

    At the hamburger joint Sammy meets the love of his life, Rita. They marry and build a happy family.

    Then actually I think #1 could end up as #3… going up quickly and falling deeper down.


    • October 31, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Hey, that sounds like a cool and more plausible ending!


  3. October 30, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I’ll go with 3


  4. October 30, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    The financier, serving part time at the burger joint, asked him “Do you want coke with that?” and he went home penniless!


    • October 31, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      But… did he want Coke with that? 🙂


  5. October 31, 2019 at 12:17 am

    i’m looking for #1. to dream is free. 🙂


  6. October 31, 2019 at 3:17 am

    #4 Sammy becomes a mime, the mime is seen by Oprah while she’s passing in her limo, and she makes him the star of his own TV show, “American Mime’s Got Talent!”

    Liked by 2 people

  7. October 31, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Number 2 is the most likely. I like number 1 the best. Good luck, Sammy, you’re going to need it. Although here he could become a successful panhandler.




    • November 1, 2019 at 7:08 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I think you’re right about number 2. Though as you say he does have a backup career all ready and set up 🙂


  8. October 31, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Has to be number 1 because with so much negativity in the news, I want to think happy thoughts. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • November 1, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Yes, that would a great story that they could pop in after all the bad stuff is out of the way 🙂


  9. October 31, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    #3 for me. It’s just been that sort of day… Enjoyed your twist on the FriFic 🙂


    • November 1, 2019 at 7:16 am

      Yes, if I’d had to choose the ending I would have gone for number 3. But I thought that sounded too randomly nasty so I decided number 1. But that sounded too randomly good. So I wrote hem both!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. October 31, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Number 1, it takes guts to get up and show up.


    • November 1, 2019 at 7:19 am

      It does indeed. In fact I’m pretty sure this tactic worked for a chap a few years ago.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. November 1, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Haha I found this week a challenge too.

    I liked the pick your own ending.


  12. November 2, 2019 at 5:57 am

    I shall choose option number 1. Sammy was dressed properly and if nothing else he may be able to do photocopy.


    • November 3, 2019 at 7:50 am

      Yes, I reckon he deserves something. So many people don’t make an effort even at a proper interview.


  13. November 2, 2019 at 9:46 am

    All three. Sammy got a highly paid job flipping cannabis burgers and got run over by a bus whilst doing a home delivery!


    • November 3, 2019 at 7:51 am

      Ha ha, nicely merged! I wondered why my teatime high hadn’t arrived…

      Liked by 1 person

  14. November 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Ingenious Ali —– perhaps number one, til he experiences a messy divorce and end up in the gutter ?


    • November 3, 2019 at 5:33 pm

      That sounds like a realistic compromise!


  15. November 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Ooh… I get to choose! 🙂 I’m a realist, so definitely number 2.


  16. November 3, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    I think #3 is probably more realistic, but why couldn’t it be #1 made a little more believable by the financier giving him a job, watching him for two or three years, and giving him a juicy raise and a promotion?


    • November 4, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      That could definitely happen. You wouldn’t want to stick him straight in the VP’s chair!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. November 4, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I like ending number 2! xxx


    • November 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      It’s probably the most likely! Apart from not getting a job at all.


  18. November 4, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I found the choices of endings people made in the comments very interesting and entertaining. I would have chosen 1 or 3, depending on my mood.


    • November 4, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Me too. Those were the endings I was pondering before deciding to let my readers decide 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  19. November 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Def #1…everyone’s fantasy!


  20. November 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Well … #1 is too much of a fantasy. I know things like that can happen but …???
    #2 … I don’t think Sammy would want to flip burgers. He wouldn’t wear a suit if he did.
    #3 … as tragic as this # is, I think it showcases what can happen to someone seeking a job and not finding one in enough time to save his life from falling into a downward spiral.
    Hope you like my choice.
    Isadora 😎


    • November 4, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      I think your breakdown is pretty close to the mark 🙂 Poor Sammy 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  21. November 6, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I think the third answer, Draliman…it’s impossible to find a job nowadays..but, wait, how about that drugs🤔better I give him the benefit of the doubt and chose one as lucky answer😺Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞


  22. November 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I’d go for a middle way between two and three. He gets the burger-job, and has to sell drugs because of his shit salary. So, three years of burger flipping will be it.


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