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FF – Not a Story

Here is my (not a) story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Roger Bultot.

Inspiration did not strike this week ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Copyright Roger Bultot

A street. A perfectly ordinary street. Somewhere foreign โ€“ those numberplates are far too small to be UK.

Pretty much nothing is happening. A story about nothing happening? Tricky, that.

Thereโ€™s an air con unit top left. Could be an alien spider robot. But to what end? Havenโ€™t we done that before?

Maybe that skyscraper in the distance. Maybe it has a viewing platform. And every so often that big spike shoots up and impales a tourist. That could work.

โ€œHey Mike, take a selfieโ€ฆโ€
WHOOMP! Aaaargh!
โ€œOh, hell. Mike.โ€

I donโ€™t think it has legs.

Iโ€™ll try again next week.

  1. November 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I puzzled over how to use the prompt too


  2. November 25, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Not the most inspirational ideas, an empty street and lockdown raises it’s head.


  3. November 25, 2021 at 3:37 pm



  4. November 25, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    This one was tough. Thanks for the tell-tale โ€œWHOOMP! Aaaargh!โ€ though. ๐Ÿ˜‚


    • November 26, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Gotta get those “sound effects” in regardless of a lack of any story ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  5. November 25, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Those inventors are working too hard, lol. Nice one.


  6. November 25, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    This is the best non story I’ve read in, oh, let’s say, twenty minutes!


  7. November 25, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Tis was fun nonetheless. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this could be in Singapore. Very, very clean streets (whipping for littering) and driving on the left side.


    • November 26, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      That’s a pretty harsh punishment ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Would keep the streets clean, though.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. November 26, 2021 at 1:55 am

    You never fail to find something even with nothing to work with.


    • November 26, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Just write about not having anything to write about… ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. November 26, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    It fits the scene. Dream on, tomorrow you may find a story. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice touch.


  10. November 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Here’s my not a comment. Ouch!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 27, 2021 at 5:35 am

      Nice of you to not comment on my not story!


  11. November 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    you can sure make a story. well done. ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit
    November 26, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Fun though!


  13. November 27, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Uh oh. I will tell myself that no tourists were actually harmed in this non story. it was a fun one though!


    • November 27, 2021 at 5:41 am

      Yeah, Mike was fine, honest ๐Ÿ˜‰


  14. Bear
    November 27, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Great story! Happy Thanksgiving!


    • November 28, 2021 at 6:08 am

      Thanks! I hope you enjoyed yours – I think it was Thursday?

      Liked by 1 person

  15. November 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Well played! It’s possible to play football without a ball, and you’ve just proved it’s possible to write a story without a story. Nice one, Ali.


    • November 28, 2021 at 6:09 am

      Only so many times one can get away with that though. I have played my Joker for this year ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. November 28, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    The vehicle in the foreground is black, which obviously means it’s being occupied by a couple of evil henchmen on surveillance. And it’s just conveniently parked directly under that AC. You know, I don’t think it was pushed out that far out the window just a couple seconds ago….


  17. November 28, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Dear Ali,

    When a story’s not a story. Nicely (not) done. ๐Ÿ˜‰




    • November 29, 2021 at 7:02 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Better luck next week, I think ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. November 29, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Weel…looks like you did at least something out of nothing, Draliman. I’d say Well Done! Extra Pawkisses๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž


    • November 30, 2021 at 6:45 am

      I managed a sort of story ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. November 30, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    I think writing about nothing is as inspirational as writing about something. I thought this (not a) story was pretty good. The narrator reminded me of Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) and I liked the thought of a bored kid creating some monstrous monsters in his imagination as he’s out walking the neighborhood.


    • December 1, 2021 at 7:06 am

      Now you mention it, it is a bit Calvin! There were quite a few I’ve read where he was just sitting around imagining things with Hobbes.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. December 8, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    It seemed like such an unassuming street.
    Oh but, DrAliMan lives thereโ€”where anything can happen.


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