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FF – Angry Crowd!

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

Copyright David Stewart


The angry crowd moved down the mall towards the Presidential Palace, smashing as they went. Doors, windows – smashed. The freaky purple modern art installation, which had cost the starving country millions, exploded into shards.

Shouts of “kill the murderer!” and “food for the starving!” echoed through the streets.

The blood-thirsty crowd reached the main entrance, murder on their minds. A note was taped to the door.

“Due to the current COVID crisis, this residence is closed. Please call back in July, or email dictator_fernando69@autocrats.absolutepower.com.”

Disheartened, the angry mob made a note in their diaries and went down the pub instead.


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  1. May 27, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Probably better this way, although I hope they remained socially distant in the pub too.


  2. May 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Ha ha. Great ending.


  3. May 27, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I really needed a good laugh today! Hilarious! 😀 I like how the angry mob became so docile in an instant. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  4. May 27, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    The pub may have been a mistake. Come to think of it, leaving the palace untouched was a mistake


    • May 28, 2020 at 7:53 am

      You’d think they’d have made more of an effort to at least trash the place. Maybe after a few pints…


  5. May 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    That was a smart move on Pres. Fernando’s part. 🙂


    • May 28, 2020 at 7:55 am

      Yep, he saw which way the wind was blowing 🙂


  6. May 27, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Now that’s what I call well crafted, with its serious opening lines to the belly-laugh ending. Well done!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • May 28, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Thanks, I tried to build it up to the inevitable anticlimax 🙂


  7. May 27, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    So many dictators lost their heads when all they needed to do was put up a note. Oh well, live an… die and learn.


  8. May 27, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    A very funny story. Love the email address.


    • May 28, 2020 at 8:01 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I do hope that email address doesn’t exist, as the owner would surely not take kindly to my story 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. May 27, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Power to the ppppp pint!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. May 28, 2020 at 3:42 am

    The ruthless powers-that-be know how to distract angry mobs, don’t they?


    • May 28, 2020 at 8:04 am

      He certainly has his finger on the pulse of the nation, even if he largely ignores it.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. May 28, 2020 at 9:21 am

    As Homer Simpson said: Beer… Now there’s a temporary solution.


  12. May 28, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Hot damn! A place where the pub is still open!


  13. May 28, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Wow. Just leave a note? I’d have never thought about calming an angry mob with just a note. I’d have tried Bach of Beethoven. Maybe a soothing jazz tune? Enjoyed!!


    • May 29, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      A “we’re not in” note is the way to go!


  14. May 28, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    well, i just hope the pubs are open. 🙂


  15. May 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    There’s a lot about this story that rings true. And … the ending is sincerely amusing!


    • May 29, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Yes, things are going that way in some countries. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. May 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Some days the magic works and some days it doesn’t. Amusing piece.




    • May 29, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Still, there’s always the pub. I’m glad you like it!


  17. May 28, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    LOL. Dismantled by a memo … 😉


  18. May 29, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Lucky the pub is still open!


    • May 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      They all are that close to the dictator’s palace, he likes a quick pint!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. May 29, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Hilarious, Ali. They don’t make angry mobs like they used to. 😀 — Suzanne


  20. May 29, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Good job they didn’t destroy the pub on the way! Nice one.

    Here’s mine!


  21. May 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Boy are they going to be disappointed when they get there and the pub is closed.
    There might be another riot.


  22. May 29, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Amusing take on the prompt. Nice one!


  23. May 29, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Okay, this got me laughing. What a combination of political drama and humour! Good job.


    • May 30, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      I find it’s best to laugh in the face of politics 🙂


  24. May 29, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Well that was easy!
    Wonder if that would work with the current dicta– I mean, resident of the White House…oh wait. the mobs are WITH him… never mind!


  25. May 30, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Ha! Ha! Maybe they should pass that email address to a spammer.


    • May 30, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Ha, that would serve him right. Still, he’s probably behind most of the scams in his country…


  26. May 30, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    I hope the pub is open, Draliman…MOL😸Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞


    • May 31, 2020 at 4:28 am

      Me too, they’ve had enough disappointments for one day 🙂


  27. May 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Well they shouldn’t have been gathering in a mob anyway. Murder by Zoom? No if that was possible I am sure someone would have figured it out by now!


    • May 31, 2020 at 4:29 am

      It’s like these murderous hordes have no concept of social distancing… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  28. Lyn
    May 31, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Wouldn’t work here in Oz, you can only have 20 people meet together. Oh wait…next week it can be 50 😀


    • May 31, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      You’ll have to postpone your revolution until you can have a bigger crowd. We’re at 6 people from tomorrow so we’ve got a way to go 🙂


  29. May 31, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    That email address is great… I hope they will get an audience for a revolution later.


    • May 31, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      I’m sure the dictatorship loves a firm schedule on any pending public order issues.


  30. June 1, 2020 at 7:42 am

    How come the Presidential Palace is still closed but the pub is open? Those lazy politicians.


  31. June 3, 2020 at 1:06 am

    Great story. That email address alone made my day. 🙂


    • June 3, 2020 at 5:04 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! Don’t try emailing that address though, it might belong to an actual dictator 🙂 Amazing photo!

      Liked by 1 person

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