Friday Fictioneers — Life Sucks

9343A5B3-C05B-4E0F-B4BC-1D3090A91FC7Ben was dead tired. He had to pull a double shift when Clyde called in sick. It was almost midnight and nobody else was around except for Lin, who was working the hot dog and pretzel stand, and she had started to pack up for the night.

In just a few minutes the lights around the avant-garde sculpture in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art would be turned off and he could go home.

Oh wait. Ben almost forgot he had agreed to take the midnight shift at that after hours club in Harlem. “Life sucks,” he thought.

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Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Roger Bultot.

Friday Fictioneers — A Good Idea at the Time

850F7CFD-7357-40D4-B67E-CEA80FE5D093It seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, engineers had harnessed the the power of the wind by creating giant windmill farms. They had harnessed the power of the sun with solar panels. So why not harness the power of the natural electricity in the atmosphere with collection stations?

He built his prototype and persuaded the power company to give it a test. His prototype was a sight to behold, a perfect mix of form and function. But climate change caused the planet to turn hot and dry and the only thing Howard’s invention collected was dust.

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Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.

Friday Fictioneers — The New Flag

E0414974-75A9-46FC-A6A5-2C62584A2E6FJuly 4, 2023 was to be the last day that the American flag could be legally flown in the United States. Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election in a landslide. With the backing of Russia, the U.S. Congress, the Supreme Court, and the military, he declared the U.S. Constitution void and anointed himself President for Life. Donald Trump died in 2022, and, according to the revised Constitution, his daughter, Ivanka, became the new President for Life.

On July 5, 2023, Ivanka, to honor her father, renamed the country Trumplandia, outlawed the old American flag, and introduced to the country the new flag of Trumplandia.trump flag(100 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: J Hardy Carroll.

Friday Fictioneers — The Box Office

033FBBB1-E79D-4D2A-B225-1BAA35DCE023Seth walked into the ornate, Art Deco lobby and headed to the counter. The man behind the counter looked at Seth. “May I help you?”

“Yes, I just got into town and I’d like to see a live show tonight. Are there any tickets available?”

“I don’t sell tickets to live shows,” the man said.

“What about for movies?” Seth asked.

“Not for movies, either.”

“Well what do you sell tickets for?”

“I don’t sell tickets for anything.”

“But the marquee outside says ‘Box Office,’ so if you don’t sell tickets, what do you sell?”

“Boxes, duh,” the man said.

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Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Ted Strutz.

Friday Fictioneers — The Last Straw

80071EF1-07BB-4FEA-B6C7-11F1BAF5A58AJoel glanced up at the electronic display that showed the status of all outbound flights. His flight home was delayed by at least two more hours. That meant that the kids, and maybe even his wife, would be asleep by the time he got home.

Joel’s job paid very well, but he’d grown tired of spending more time in airports and on airplanes than he did at home with his family. He was sick of spending more nights in hotel beds than in his own bed.

When he saw that his flight home was canceled, that was the last straw.

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Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit goes to Rochelle.