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FF – Not the Best Idea

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dale Rogerson. The image is copyright Dale Rogerson – for some reason it’s not letting me add a caption 😦

“We’re here to speak with local business owner, Jimmy Nutjob. Mr Nutjob, tell us about this huge sphere.”

“It generates the electricity for my snack stall.”

“Why so big?”

“It’s the smallest size it comes in, according to ‘Nuclear R Us’.”

“Nuclear? Is that cost-effective?”

“Well… it generates six million times more electricity that I need. And it cost two billion pounds. Not sure how I’ll ever pay off the loan, to be honest.”

“And that red flashing light?”

“Dunno, never read the manual. One sec… ‘meltdown imminent, evacuate area’. What’s that mean? Hello? Hello? Hey, come back, we’re not finished!”


  1. June 9, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    We both chose the nuclear option


    • June 10, 2021 at 8:40 am

      A nuclear reactor is all I saw. Though they’re not usually painted orange.


  2. June 9, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    LOoks like Jimmy Nutjob works with Homer Simpson lol. Great fun story!


  3. June 9, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    OOPS! LOL! 😀


  4. June 9, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    ALWAYS read the manual!


  5. June 9, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Oops! Looks like it’s a little too late for them!


  6. June 9, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Er, maybe they should have read the manual first.


    • June 10, 2021 at 10:06 am

      The manual? We blokes only read the manual when something goes wrong. Sometimes.


  7. June 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    That sounds like one radiant snack stall.


  8. June 9, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Could I have fries with that?


  9. June 9, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Love this! Reminds me that I should write more flash fiction.


    • June 10, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Go for it! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  10. Lyn
    June 10, 2021 at 8:36 am

    “Hey, come back, we’re not finished. ” …… I beg to differ JN. 🏃‍♀️💥


  11. June 10, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Amazingly, the cockroaches in the food stall survived the blast. Now it’s all theirs!


  12. June 10, 2021 at 10:49 am

    I hate reading instructions, but even I might have made an exception when Iheard the word nuclear. 🙂


  13. June 10, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Should have read the manual, so sad – no more snacks and coffee-so sad.


  14. June 10, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Why do so few people ever read the manuals? I could tell you stories… not like your funny one here though. What a melt-down.


    • June 11, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      Hopefully your stories have a less explosive ending 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 11, 2021 at 4:59 pm

        At least my solutions cost less. I read the manuals instead of claiming the machine is damaged… 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  15. June 10, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Dear Ali,

    He’s a man. That says it all. Directions? We don’t need no stinking directions.




    • June 11, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Heh, ain’t that the truth? 🙂


  16. June 10, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Are instructions that scrap of paper that comes in the box and goes straight in the waste bin?


  17. June 10, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    lesson learned, don’t ever ignore the manual. it’s there for a reason. 🙂


  18. June 10, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    His own private nuclear reactor? How the hell did he pass the bank’s checking system?


    • June 11, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      He put it through as “consumables”. Two billion pounds’ worth 🙂


  19. June 10, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Strike one… You’re OUT! Great story! I almost went the nuclear route myself this week.


    • June 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      It does very much resemble a nuclear reactor 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 11, 2021 at 5:51 pm

        Maybe after meltdown. Our reactors here are the traditional hourglass shape, not round at all.

        Liked by 1 person

  20. June 10, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I was going to say, ‘What is it with men and manuals?’ but I never read them either!
    But it also points out one of our flaws as human beings: just get what we need to get the job done without bothering about consequences. A really good take on the prompt.


  21. June 11, 2021 at 3:47 am

    All that power gone to waste. Nuclear waste. Manuals no good, they never make much sense. Try putting together a flat pack. 😃


    • June 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Yeah, I never could find “flange A” or “slot B”. And now it’s a nuclear disaster too 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  22. June 11, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    I’m thinking Jimmy Nutjob should have read the manual. Entertaining as always!


    • June 12, 2021 at 4:33 am

      Manual? Manual? We don’t need no stinking manuals 🙂


  23. June 11, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Close to the truth on a municipal scale. The only surprise is that he pronounced nuclear right. Good one, Ali.


  24. June 12, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Great take on the prompt. Not reading the manual is very true to life…


    • June 13, 2021 at 5:38 am

      I don’t usually do more than glance. I want to get in there and press some buttons 🙂


  25. June 13, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Don’t worry, he’ll just get another one… oh, wait…


  26. June 15, 2021 at 1:07 am

    On the plus side, he doesn’t need to worry about the loan repayment anymore … 😉


  27. June 15, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Yeah, flashing red lights are usually not a happy signal :). Great story!


    • June 16, 2021 at 4:51 am

      He probably thought it was a festive optional extra to his console 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  28. June 16, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    MOL🙈Extra Pawkiss🐾😽💞


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    June 18, 2021 at 6:04 pm



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