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FF – Rucksack

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

Bit of a rushed one this week. Very busy day, and the photo didn’t immediately bring anything to mind except our current rather deserted cities.

Copyright Roger Bultot


Ben laughed in delight. The view was magnificent! Above, the aircraft was just a smudge against the clouds; below, the city rushed towards him. He fancied he could already see people, tiny little dots, scurrying about their lives.

All around he saw his friends deploy their parachutes. He grinned. What a great idea this skydiving was! He pulled the cord. A flap opened and his lunch fell out.

Well, that was just bloody typical. Trust him to pick up his rucksack instead of his parachute. What an idiot!

Ah well, live and learn. Well, not in this case, maybe.



  1. April 15, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I love the nonchalant feel as he plunges to his death. Oh well.


  2. April 15, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    HAHAHA! Too funny! πŸ˜€


  3. April 15, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Oh crumbs, I know I shouldn’t have laughed, but I did! Your fault for making this tragedy seem funny.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • April 16, 2020 at 4:29 am

      Ha, sometimes you just gotta laugh πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked it!


  4. April 15, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Oh dearie me!


  5. April 15, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    And a sad end was had by all. πŸ˜‰


    • April 16, 2020 at 4:40 am

      we can only hope he didn’t fall on anyone πŸ™‚


  6. April 15, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Can’t help but laugh! πŸ™‚


    • April 16, 2020 at 4:42 am

      Sometimes you just gotta laugh. He didn’t seem too bothered!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. April 15, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Hi! I looooove your account😍 can you please check out my account as well? πŸ˜‡


  8. April 15, 2020 at 10:35 pm



  9. April 16, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Oh oh … that’s not very good planning on his part …


  10. April 16, 2020 at 2:07 am

    it’s ok, i guess. i want to imagine him as a cat with 9 lives. πŸ™‚


    • April 16, 2020 at 4:53 am

      Sadly no, though you’ll be pleased to hear that the cat he landed on is going to be fine πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  11. April 16, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Well he sounds very matter of fact as he plunges to his fate.


    • April 16, 2020 at 9:38 am

      He doesn’t really seem all that bothered, does he?


  12. April 16, 2020 at 7:29 am

    What a way to go. Nothing else to do but enjoy the fall.


  13. April 16, 2020 at 8:43 am

    I don’t think there’s any ‘maybe’ about it. At least he won’t get splattered on an empty stomach πŸ˜‰ Nice one.


    • April 16, 2020 at 9:42 am

      He better grab that sandwich quick before it drifts away from him πŸ™‚


  14. April 16, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Sometimes you live, sometimes you learn… At least he didn’t go hungry.


    • April 16, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Yes, he couldn’t live AND learn in this case unfortunately! His lunch will be a welcome last meal…


  15. April 16, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Ah, a callback to last week’s SYW question about why we’re so afraid to make mistakes. Too bad he didn’t get to even enjoy his lunch on the way down…


    • April 16, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Oh yes!
      Maybe if he wolfed it down real quick. Imagine the last thing you see in life is a tuna and mayo sandwich slowly drifting away…


  16. April 16, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Poor Ben. In the city where I was born, there was a viaduct. There were suicide jumpers. Below it was people’s homes and yards. Needless to say, it wasn’t the most desirable property in the city. 😦 — Suzanne


    • April 16, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Yeeks. That would certainly put a downer on the BBQ 😦


  17. April 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I was enjoying it until I reached the end!


  18. Mike
    April 16, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Nicely told, I enjoyed the story, but sad about the splat


  19. April 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Hahahaha, oh no!!! Poor guy! I thought he was going to land on the church’s steeple!


  20. April 16, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Oops…MOL😸More Clean Pawkisses for nowπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž


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  22. April 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Dear Ali,

    Live and learn…but not for long. Oh that sudden stop at the end. I shouldn’t laugh…but I did.




    • April 17, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      There’s nothing quite so guiltily amusing as someone (fictionally) falling indifferently to their demise πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  23. April 17, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Ye gods! He’s not going to jump, I hope?


    • April 18, 2020 at 5:57 am

      I think it’s a bit late for that…


  24. April 17, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Oh dear πŸ˜‰
    Nicely told tale, Ali. You had me grinning!


    • April 18, 2020 at 5:58 am

      Considering his seeming indifference, “oh dear” is perfect πŸ™‚


  25. April 18, 2020 at 12:41 am

    I wish I knew why I’m laughing as someone SPLATS!


  26. April 18, 2020 at 3:18 am

    I couldn’t help but think of that joke four people on a plane but only three parachutes and one takes the boys backpack… without naming names as this joke has been done with many a fool as the one who took it πŸ˜‰
    Funny stuff…


    • April 18, 2020 at 5:59 am

      I’ve not heard that one! I’m glad you enjoyed my little story πŸ™‚


      • April 18, 2020 at 10:05 am

        And who can’t laugh when a story ends with a “splat”?

        Liked by 1 person

  27. April 19, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I hope he packed his favorites… this likely being the last meal and all… Nice story!


  28. April 19, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Better luck next time… oops, there’s no next time.


  29. April 19, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    oops… and he didn’t even have the time to enjoy his lunch…


    • April 21, 2020 at 5:14 am

      In many ways that’s the saddest thing!


  30. April 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    He seems kinda casual about his mishap, maybe his lunch could spread its wings and float him down to earth ? Or maybe not.


  31. April 21, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Hilarious, I loved the matter of fact way you told it. Nice one, Draliman


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