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FF – The Power of Positive Thought

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

Copyright Miles Rost

“It is the power of the mind. The bug hasn’t seen the 30,000 volt warning. It believes it will be okay. Therefore, it alights on the cable and is unharmed.”

“Your logic is flawed, mate.”

“I too believe that I will not be harmed.”

“See, unlike the bug you would also be touching the ground, creating a potential difference…”

“I cannot be harmed!”

“… so you’d be killed, basically.”

“I grab the cable! I believe aaaaarrrrrrrgghhhhhhh!

bzzzz crackle fizz whooomp burn burn crackle burn

“Wow. That’s one heck of a blaze. Has anyone got any marshmallows?”

“Too soon?”

  1. Michael Humphris
    May 26, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Someone’s logic was false it seems, but Marshmallows really🙂

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    • May 27, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      Marshmallows are always appropriate 🙂

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  2. May 26, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Scorchingly funny! 😀

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  3. May 26, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    You just can’t tell some people

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  4. Mer O'Leary
    May 26, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I have some!!

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  5. May 26, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    He should be prosecuted. It is illegal to flash in public!

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    • May 27, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      Best wait for him to burn himself out before slapping on the cuffs.

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  6. May 26, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    May as well put all that heat to a good use, right?

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  7. May 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I guess when life hands you 30,000 volts you toast marshmallows. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • May 27, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Never a truer word spoken 🙂
      Ali

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  8. May 26, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Now that made me laugh out loud! The marshmallows are a perfect touch. A fun story. (OK, a bit sad for the guy, but hey…!)

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    • May 27, 2021 at 1:08 pm

      Well, survival of the fittest I guess! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  9. May 26, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    That is horrible. What if the marshmallows pick up some of that burning flesh flavor? Yuck!

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  10. May 26, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Searing, this! 😉

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  11. May 26, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    moral of the story, i guess, is you win some, you lose some. 🙂

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    • May 27, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Yep. Though losing doesn’t usually mean bursting into flames 🙂

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  12. May 27, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Seems there’s a bbq in here…MOL…Loved it! Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

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    • May 27, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Yes, I hope he burns long enough to get the burgers done 🙂

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  13. May 27, 2021 at 8:50 am

    After two sets of ellipses, I think enough time has passed for it to be socially acceptable to make fun of the deceased. Unless it were someone who was famous and revered, in which case, three sets of ellipses should be sufficient mourning time…

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    • May 27, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      I’ll have to remember that the next time I want to crack a joke at the expense of the recently deceased…

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  14. May 27, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Haha! I love it, well done!

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  15. May 27, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Can’t say I didn’t see that coming. I’ll pass on the marshmallows though, that smell…

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  16. May 27, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    That reminds me of the time I accidentally grabbed an electric fence and got a bit of a shock in both senses of the word! Nice one Ali.

    Here’s mine!

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  17. May 27, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Another great theory goes up in smoke! So true to life, metaphorically: always some angle that’s not been factored in.

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    • May 28, 2021 at 10:38 am

      So easy to forget that one little thing which turns success into incineration.

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  18. May 27, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Marshmallows! What a great idea. Fun story 🙂

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  19. May 27, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    As they say, believe the science it is never wrong, where as faith can let you down big style if you apply it against logic. there must have been a terrible smell!

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  20. May 27, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    “The good thing about science is that it works whether or not you believe it”
    I’m not quite sure that your incinerated character would feel quite so positive towards the science being right…

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    • May 28, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Well, if he’d got his science right he would have realised he was completing a circuit 🙂 Bit late for him now, though!

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  21. forestbathings
    May 28, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Haha! Enjoyed!

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  22. May 28, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Idiot…serves him right. He won’t make that mistake again. Reminds me of the first time I got bit by the electric fence out on the farm. Threw me a good ten feet across the lot, and I landed in a pile of cow ma—/. Anyway, good tale.

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    • May 28, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Nope, especially since he’s now a smouldering charcoal briquette 🙂
      Wow, I’ve touched an electric fence before but it only gave me a small jolt. I don’t think we’re allowed to have ones which send you flying over here!

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      • May 28, 2021 at 2:46 pm

        The day I touched it, by accident when my oversized glove slipped, it was cranked up because they had new cows in the corral. Let’s say I learned the lesson to take extra care around it.

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  23. Lyn
    May 29, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Don’t think I’ll ever look at toasted marshmallow the same again. 😄😄

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  24. May 29, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Nothing is impossible!

    (Some things were impossible…)

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    • May 30, 2021 at 4:23 am

      It’s when nothing appears impossible that accidents happen… 🙂

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  25. May 29, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Great use of dialogue! …But I don’t like marshmallows 😮

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    • May 30, 2021 at 4:24 am

      Maybe we can find something else for you to toast 🙂

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  26. May 30, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I think we found the Darwin Award winner for the year, or maybe the decade. All raise a toast to the winner.

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    • May 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      He certainly had the lacks of brains for it!

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  27. May 30, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Waste not, want not. Have fire, will roast!
    There’s no reasoning with some folks!

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    • May 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Some people never learn until they’ve tried it and burst into flames.

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      • May 30, 2021 at 4:59 pm

        Exactly! The doubting Thomases of this world!!

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  28. May 30, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    loved this poem it made me laugh!!

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  29. May 30, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Great story, he just wouldn’t listen, oh dear. Beliefs before facts I guess.

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    • May 31, 2021 at 4:44 am

      Some people are convinced they’re always right.

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  30. May 31, 2021 at 3:57 am

    So if he would have just hopped up on the cable without touching anything else he would be fine? (I really don’t know the answer to this question.)

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    • May 31, 2021 at 4:45 am

      Yes, like a bird on an electricity wire. If your whole body is at 30,000 volts you’re fine, it’s a difference in voltage which allows current to flow which kills you.

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      • May 31, 2021 at 5:19 am

        Ah! I think he should have listened to his friend. I’ll pass on the marshmallows though 😉

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  31. June 2, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Nice words😁

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  32. June 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Ignacio haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard there is a video of a guy trying something similar with a pack of grizzleys… It supposedly ends in a similar way, too. Unless you choose to believe otherwise, of course.

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