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FF – Attack

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

Copyright Ted Strutz


Jeff twisted and turned, but still they came. They were getting closer now, braver. He didn’t know how much longer he could hold out.

Sensing movement, he ducked towards a wall. Too late. A rush of steely wings slammed into his face. Onwards he ran. Safety, so close. Only 20 metres away he could see his wife, beckoning.

Too slow.

Something crashed into him, scratching his hand. He looked down sadly. Two crinkle-cut crisps and half a picked gherkin where once had been an entire Happy Meal.

He raised his face to the skies and screamed.



  1. June 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve never liked them either. Living by a beach I know all about them

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 3, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    And the queues this week to get a replacement are ridiculous.


  3. June 3, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Hehehehehe! Seagulls are definitely bold! I once saw two birds uncovering and attacking a bag of crisps that a couple had thought they hid by folding the blanket over the bag. When they came back from their swim they were very surprised. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 4, 2020 at 7:12 am

      I had the ice cream stolen out of the cone once, but I was lucky. Some people end up in A&E getting stitches!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. June 3, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Should have gone to KFC. You could have got your own wings!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 4, 2020 at 7:12 am

      Ha! That might make them madder though, seeing you eat “kin”…

      Liked by 3 people

  5. June 3, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    seagulls can be nasty but they have to eat too. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. June 3, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Don’t mess with the gulls


    • June 4, 2020 at 7:15 am

      For sure. It’s harder to stop them messing with you, though.


  7. June 3, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Hahaha! I loved i! So so good! ❤


  8. June 4, 2020 at 1:23 am

    Oh seagulls! They are clever and vicious! He should have put his Happy Meal in a tin box with a lock 🙂


  9. June 4, 2020 at 1:58 am

    Fast food meets Alfred Hitchcock. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. June 4, 2020 at 3:31 am

    I’ve heard the British gulls are very bold. Good story!


    • June 4, 2020 at 7:24 am

      They are. A quick trip to the hospital for stitches is not uncommon. I’m glad you liked it!


  11. June 4, 2020 at 8:40 am

    I see a few other specks of unidentified food still on that wrapper. Jeff better finish the rest of it off before the buzzards fly in….


  12. June 4, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I live by the sea. I feel his pain.


    • June 4, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      Although I’ve been attacked myself, it was on a trip to Newquay. I live maybe 8 miles from the coast now and I saw a seagull in the back garden the other day. They’ve found me!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Lyn
    June 4, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Rats with wings!!! Bloody seagulls indeed!


    • June 4, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      They’re protected by law too! They can act with impunity.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lyn
        June 13, 2020 at 9:08 am

        Someone needs to tell Professor Jones senior that. He flapped his umbrella and not only killed dozens of gulls, but a German airman too. Wonder if you’d get fined if you tried that today 😀


        • June 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

          Gulls are protected so yes. Naughty Prof Jones Sr 🙂


  14. June 4, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I daren’t even eat a sandwich on my balcony. My local Wetherspoons actually has a notice saying you eat food in the courtyard at your own risk! Hate the things!

    Here’s mine!


    • June 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Nasty things. Huge, too. And protected by law so you can’t even take potshots at them…

      Liked by 1 person

  15. June 4, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    My father used to have a sailboat, he called them “Shithawks”
    And this reminded me of one summer on the Jersey shore, my sister’s family and mine. A seagull swooped down and ripped the sandwich right out of my nephew’s hand! Bloody seagulls!

    Liked by 2 people

  16. June 5, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Yipes! I thought Hitchcock’s characterization of gulls was exaggeration. Maniacal and voracious beasties that have their minds on mayhem! A not-so-happy meal.


    • June 5, 2020 at 4:46 am

      Ha, not-so-happy meal indeed 🙂 Gulls are vicious things and they do lie in wait just like in the film!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. June 5, 2020 at 6:32 am

    I came out of a beach chip-shop, to two gulls hovering in a 30 MPH wind, directly in front of my treat. 😳


  18. June 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Ever since I watch the Alfred Hitchcock film ‘The Birds” – I am nervously aware of seagulls, such aggressive creatures. Once on a beach footpath in Dorset we were strafe bombed by nesting Terns. ‘Duck’ I shouted. ‘Don’t be daft they’re seagulls,’ she said and had her hair pulled by a manic bird.


    • June 5, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      An unfortunate word-related mix-up!


  19. June 5, 2020 at 10:29 am

    I know I shouldn’t but I can’t help laughing at the gulls’ antics whenever I go to the seaside. I love birds and these to me are naughty little rascals, although I accept they are a meance to some.


  20. June 5, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Ali,

    No aliens here. Those birds do swoop when they sense food. Well done.




    • June 5, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, it’s a real problem down here for people, and for the hospitals who have to keep stitching up the wounds.


  21. June 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Ha ha! I loved the drama you created in this story. Having lived near the beach for quite a few years this story (and fear) is all too familiar.


    • June 5, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Yes, ever since I was attacked and lost my ice cream I’ve been extremely wary of them.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Mike
    June 5, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    you drew this together well, and left me with a smile. Thank you


  23. June 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Love this story – the high drama at the start made me think of hostile cyber-men or drones – then flip – its those blessed sea gulls. Fab twist, cleverly done.


    • June 6, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      I visualised it as someone trying to save their life rather than their lunch 🙂


  24. June 6, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    This had me laughing almost immediately. I had a suspicion about where you were going, and it put me in mind of a gull that dive-bombed me from behind and snatch the tomato slice right out of my sandwich! I’m just glad he didn’t leave a deposit on my head 🙂


    • June 7, 2020 at 5:21 am

      Gotta take those little wins! The one which stole my ice cream was very precise, didn’t touch me at all.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. June 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Teehee! You had me with that one! Seagulls are a menace, but they’re so beautiful too.


  26. June 7, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    That’s why it’s called take away…


  27. June 8, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Seagulls can be vicious bastards, never come between them and chips.


  28. June 8, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Okay that one literally made me LOL.


  29. June 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    MOL..yikes…but I like seagulls too…MOL😺Pawkisses for a Happy Monday🐾😽💞


    • June 9, 2020 at 5:10 am

      They’re bigger than you are, Binky 🙂


  30. June 11, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    A big bird told me that nothing beats the taste of stolen food.


    • June 11, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      It’s the thrill of the swoop and grab that really gets your appetite up.

      Liked by 1 person

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