One-Minute Fiction — School is In

“Okay, class, gather round,” the teaching assistant, Miss Fisch said. “Mrs. Goldie is going to read you a new book.”

All of the fish swam together and formed a circle. Their teacher, Mrs. Goldie situated herself in the middle of the circle and held up a new book.

“Listen up, Children,” Mrs. Goldie said. “I think you’re really going to enjoy this one.” All of the young fish blew bubbles in excitement.

Written for Cyranny’s One-Minute Fiction challenge.

FOWC with Fandango — Fish

FOWCWelcome to May 10, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “fish.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Fibbing Friday — Something Smells Fishy

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as host for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. How did tartar sauce get its name?

When consumed in great quantities, the sauce causes a hard calcified deposit known as tartar to form on the teeth, contributing to their eventual decay.

2. Why is Mardis Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday) also known as Pancake Day?

Because that was the day the first International House of Pancakes (aka “IHOP”) opened in New Orleans.

3. Why do so many people eat fish during Lent?

Because the farmer lent his cows to his neighbor and his family had to eat fish until the neighbor returned the cows the farmer had lent him.

4. What is the difference between sushi and sashimi?

The way they’re spelled.

5. What is noodling?

When you’re involved in a sort of intensive brainstorming session and the leader of the session says to the participants, “Let’s noodle on this for a while.”

6. How do you clean a fish?

With soap and water.

7. What are Swedish fish?

Fish that you can purchase only at IKEA.

8. What is a Bishop’s Mitre?

It’s a saw used to make accurate crosscuts often used at the direction of church bishops to construct pews.

9. What was the movie, The Shoes of the Fisherman about?

It was about Bigfoot, who was known for his ability to catch fish, but also for the size of his enormous feet.

10. What is the first day after Lent known as?

The day the neighbor was supposed to return the cows to the farmer.

The Catered Affair

“Okay, so the menu is set,” Dave said. “The guests will have their choice of beef, chicken, or vegetarian meals.”

“What about Uncle George?” Elaine asked. “He eats only fish.”

“This is not a game, Elaine,” Dave said. “We’re not adding a fish meal option to the menu just because of that eccentric, ichthyophagous uncle of yours. I’m telling you, we’re going to stay the course.”

“Oh, Dave, how difficult would it be to add a fish option? I’m sure there are other guests who might prefer fish,” Elaine said.

“Fine!” Dave said, throwing his hand up in resignation. “I’ll call the caterers and see what they can do to add a fish option. I just don’t want anymore turmoil.”

“Thank you, honey,” Elaine said, giving her husband a peck on the cheek.

“Anything not to have to listen to your incessant whining,” Dave said.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (game), Word of the Day Challenge (ichthyophagous), Ragtag Daily Prompt (stay), . Your Daily Word Prompt (turmoil), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (incessant).

The Brotherhood

“Okay, Karl, it’s time for your initiation,” the Brotherhood pledge master said.

“I’m ready,” Karl said. “What do I need to do?”

Andy handed Karl an iPad and instructed him to log in to the Brotherhood’s initiation app. “Once you log in, the app will give you a task.”

Karl logged in and eagerly awaited his initiation task. But his enthusiasm diminished when the screen came up with a picture of a fish.9F9F592D-16EB-4091-8A03-F601C7109FE0 “What’s this?” he asked Andy.

“Ah, that’s the raw fish challenge,” Andy said. “We bring you a raw fish on a platter and your task is to eat the whole thing.”

Karl started to gag involuntarily. “I can’t do that, Andy,” he said. “I have sporadic issues with IBS and there’s no way I’m going to eat a whole raw fish.”

“Are you a winner or a loser?” Andy barked.

“I’m not a loser, Andy,” Karl said, “But I’m also not going to make myself ill just so I can pledge your stupid, fucking Brotherhood.”

“Just as I thought,” Andy said. “You’re just one of those rich assholes who thinks he’s too good to join our fraternal Brotherhood. You’re going to pay for your bigotry, Karl.”

With that, two large men moved to either side of Karl, lifted him up by the arms, and dragged him off. The last words Karl heard were Andy’s saying, “You shoulda ate the fucking fish, Karl.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (initiation), Daily Addictions (log), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (raw), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sporadic), Word of the Day Challenge (winner), and The Daily Spur (bigotry).