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FF – Preparations

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

Copyright Dale Rogerson


Trigg sat in his restaurant, so quiet without customers, and tucked into braised steak. He’d planned for everything. With storerooms stocked, employees furloughed and loans in place, he knew his hotel would weather the lockdown with ease.

He smiled as he took another sip of premium wine. He was completely pandemic-proof.

That night an avalanche, dislodged by unseasonably-warm weather, dumped a million tonnes of snow on his hotel, smashing it to bits and smearing him across five miles of mountainside.

Yep. Climate change is still a “thing”, pandemic notwithstanding.

It’s hard to plan for everything.


  1. April 29, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Pride goeth before a fall and false security before climate change. Good one.



    Liked by 2 people

    • April 30, 2020 at 7:29 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      He was so sure…


  2. April 29, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I’m sure he had insurance though


    • April 30, 2020 at 7:30 am

      I’m sure his next of kin will be delighted!


  3. April 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Damnation! Just when you think you’ve checked all the boxes…


  4. April 29, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Poor Trigg, that really is a bit rubbish! Funny though.


    • April 30, 2020 at 7:35 am

      There’s nothing like smearing someone across a mountainside to raise a smile 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. April 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    HAHAHA! Never get too self-satisfied because the inevitable will definitely happen. 😀
    (I see you received your sausage and cheese delivery!)


    • April 30, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Yes, he forgot to order and install the anti-avalanche one-man ejection system 🙂
      Yep, all my goodies have arrived, yay!


  6. April 29, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Hella good story, especially that last line. Poor guy will be fertilizing the daisies in the summer.


  7. April 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Oh, what a gory ending for Trigg! Good take on the photo prompt. 🙂


  8. April 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm



  9. April 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    like they say, when it rains, sometimes it pours.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. April 29, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Indeed, this is just the beginning. Buckle up, it’s going to be bumpy.


    • April 30, 2020 at 7:49 am

      Yep, you’re right. Trigg certainly hit a lot of bumps on the way down the mountainside.


  11. April 30, 2020 at 1:40 am

    Oy. Best laid plans can …. well … fall flat.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. April 30, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Good channeling of the arbitrary nature of our current experience–or perhaps of human life in general. We’re just having it thown in our face right now.


  13. April 30, 2020 at 7:48 am

    So does this mean my reservations for next winter will be canceled?


    • April 30, 2020 at 7:54 am

      Unless you’re happy to convert to an open-air picnic…
      And don’t expect your money back either, these are “unprecedented times”…

      Liked by 1 person

  14. April 30, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Well that’s one way to flatten trade, lol. Nice one.


  15. April 30, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Ew. Poor Trig. You don’t hear as much about climate change lately. The Pandemic is hogging the news. Climate change it seems is waiting quietly to squash anyone who forgets. Did he by any chance buy that land on the side of a mountain at a bargain price? O_o — Suzanne


    • May 2, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      It was a real bargain!
      I haven’t heard the word “Brexit” for a while, either 🙂


  16. April 30, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Oops! One certainly can’t plan for everything! I hate to say it, but this kinda made me laugh.


    • May 2, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      It was the smearing across the mountainside, wasn’t it? Made me laugh too!


  17. May 1, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Haha teach him for being so cocky. Can’t escape fate. 😀


  18. May 1, 2020 at 9:17 am

    HAHA! Now that’s the old Ali. You do know how to give us an unexpected twist. 😀
    P.S. Keep safe still.


  19. May 1, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Well, at least he enjoyed his last meal 🙂


  20. May 1, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    ‘Smearing him across five miles of mountain’ – not a pretty image. Good story, though.


  21. May 1, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    A million tonnes? That’s some serious snowfall. At least when it melts, it’ll clean off all that smearing.


    • May 2, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Yes, nature’s self-cleaning!
      I actually did “research” avalanches (ie looked it up on Wikipedia) – “They can exceed speeds of 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph), and masses of 10000000 tonnes”. So my avalanche wasn’t even a huge one!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. May 2, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Loved it, smiling at a million tons of snow smearing him across the mountain.


  23. May 2, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Trigg certainly didn’t see THAT coming. Wait… maybe he did see the snow before it smeared him.


  24. May 3, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Poor Trigg, thought he had everything under control. We can be prepared but sometimes it’s never enough.


    • May 3, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      There’s always something. Not sure what he could have done to protect his hotel from that, though!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. May 3, 2020 at 10:38 am

    No-one is ever ‘fully prepared’ I guess.


    • May 3, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      No-one can be prepared for everything.


  26. May 3, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    A fierce warning about smugness, Ali I think. I like the exaggeration of ‘five million tonnes of snow’ and him spread over five counties ! He really had it coming to him didn’t he ?


    • May 3, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      He certainly did. Thought he was sitting pretty…


  27. May 3, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Seems that nothing is certain these days…poor Trigg 😺Extra Clean Pawkisses🐾😽💞


  28. May 3, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Indeed and all the vintage wine spread over the mountainside.


  29. May 3, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    The snow is white and makes everything seem still outside. It muffles the sound. Going to bed with a smile on your face should have been safe! Darnation – Your beautiful little snow globe just was smashed! Great story Draliman! WOW- very picturesque! Nothing is safe! Enjoyable!


    • May 4, 2020 at 5:25 am

      At least he never knew anything about it!


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