Sunday Photo Fiction — Rust

“It’s only been, what, three years since they painted the lighthouse,” George said, the annoyance in his voice clearly apparent.

“Yeah, boss,” responded Jimmy, who was standing next to George. “It was last done in the fall of 2014, according to the records we pulled yesterday.”

“Goddammit,” George said. “Gimme those binoculars, Jimmy.” George peered through the binoculars Jimmy handed him. He focused on the numerous, large, vertical rust stains all around the top of the structure.


“That sonabitch contractor fucked us over,” George’s annoyance having morphed into rage.

“So whaddya wanna do boss?” Jimmy asked. “Want me to round up some of the guys and go pound the snot outta him?”

“That muthafucka guaranteed that the paint job would last ten years,” George said. We paid a huge goddam premium for what he said was weather resistant, rust proof paint. Now look at all that rust up there.”

“Yeah, boss,” Jimmy said. “I remember that guy sayin’ that. So whaddya want to do, boss?”

“I’m gonna call my sister,” George said, picking up his cell phone, so upset that his hand was shaking. “Dammit, Sis,” he screamed into the phone. “Your lame ass husband screwed me over yet again!”

(200 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: A Mixed Bag.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — Rust

  1. Sight11 November 26, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Reminds me why I hate my ‘soon to be – in law’..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. James November 26, 2017 / 11:13 am

    If you’re going to give someone the shaft like that, you’d better make sure they can’t find you when they find out. Marrying into the family doesn’t seem like a good plan.

    Liked by 1 person

      • James November 26, 2017 / 12:10 pm

        The guy’s sister is going to become a widow if her husband doesn’t watch out.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Fandango November 26, 2017 / 12:21 pm

          No doubt he’s screwed other victims if he’d do that to his brother-in-law.


    • Fandango December 3, 2017 / 7:41 am

      Thanks. I like to try to end my flash fiction posts in a somewhat unexpected way when I can.

      Liked by 1 person

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