Wednesday, 11 December 2013

No Laughing Matter


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No Laughing Matter

“Pete’s an asshole. Always thought it. Couldn’t never do nothin’ about it ‘til yesterday. Damn wilderness hike was his idea. But I heard the weather warning... 
Wanna hear a joke? ‘Before you criticise a man, walk a mile in his boots. That way you’ll be a mile away, and you’ll have his boots’.”
He smiled, cold as a winter kiss.
“That gave me the idea. See, with no boots, Pete’d stay with the tent. Diabetics are real scared about injured feet... so when the storm surge hit that canyon, well... 
Sorry Officer. I meant to say Pete was an asshole.”

 100 words
@nickjohns999

This story was written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields' Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction challenge

13 comments:

  1. Nick, "nice" use of that saying. I have a feeling he's not going to come out of this too well, the narrator, that is. We already know Pete didn't.

    janet

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    1. Hi Janet
      It continues my' inappropriate use of humour' series!

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  2. Ingenious! What a character. Well done.

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  3. Dear Nick,

    You'll be a mile away...OMG How cold and calculating. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, for another great prompt. I'm pleased to be back after a while of not writing. I was looking after my wonderful wife who has recently been in hospital.

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  4. Poor Pete!But then,though his killer may have managed to be a mile or two away in his boots,by the looks of it,he is not going any further;-) A great read-chilling :-)

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    1. Thanks for taking time to comment. Pleased you enjoyed the tale!

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  5. Oh that just says that even if Pete was an asshole... his killer's just plain stupid..

    and I think it was quite a while since I saw you on FF...

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    1. Thanks Bjorn! Yes, first time back for a while. I've been editing a recently published anthology of flash fiction and have also had a few stories published.

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  6. 'Cold as a winter kiss' - I like that image.
    I'm new to this FF game so hi!

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    1. Hi Lizy
      Welcome to the madhouse! Glad that the phrase resonated with you. Thanks for taking time to comment!

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