Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Friday Fictioneers

Published Wednesday February 24

Thank you Al Forbes for the picture, and Rochelle for hosting.







‘I say Hector, what a splendid beast’

‘It certainly is Arthur. The latest thing, motor cars. One day everybody will own one’

Hector swung the starting handle round and round until the engine spluttered into life. Arthur disappeared in a cloud of black exhaust. He staggered backwards coughing and gasping for breath. He wiped his streaming eyes and took on the look of a startled panda.

‘I certainly hope not Hector. The countryside will disappear under all this filthy smoke’.

Farmer Ned stopped his horse and cart to observe the scene. A wry smile spread across his face as the horse dumped a pile of steaming excrement beside Hector's car, then trotted off.



Let me read it to you!






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42 comments:

  1. LOL, I love Farmer Ned! What a funny story.

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  2. I love these characters. I got a good chuckle reading this piece!

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  3. This was great! I especially loved hearing you read your story... Wonderful.

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    1. I loved reciting it too! Thanks Dale

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  4. Alas farmer Ned might laugh today... tomorrow the gasoline beasts will conquer the earth... maybe we would have been better of today it had failed...

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    1. There would have been an awful lot of horse poo on the ground though!

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  5. Heard you telling the story! Very funny... esp. this'pile of steaming excrement' :D

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  6. You set the scene beautifully with "I say Hector". Good one, Keith.

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  7. Dear Keith,

    Visually smelly piece. Quite entertaining.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Sorry, I couldn't do anything about the smell!

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  8. Loved listening to you read aloud. Married to a farmer... I get this.

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    1. You're not Ruth from The Archers are you?

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  9. heard you reading the story, i liked it

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    1. I'm pleased! I may just do it again.

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  10. Well, Ned's showed them what he thinks of this newfangled device. Quite prophetic words there from Arthur!

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  11. Very funny! Too bad mankind has not learned how to pass through the industrialization phase without creating a subsequent environmental crisis.

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  12. *giggle* not much changed then ;-)

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  13. Burnt fuel stinks, for cars and horses alike. What doesn't stink is this story. Great fun. -- gahlearner

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  14. i guess that's how a luddite would do it. but for how long. :)

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  15. Oh my, farmer ned had a horse that knew exactly what he was thinking.
    Sadly, no amount of poop was going to stop the development of vehicles.
    Ahhhh ... progress !!! Fun story ...
    Isadora 😎

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    1. A horse that saw a bleak future! Thanks Isadora

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  16. So you've visited where i live then... ;)

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    1. Have I now? Your location has long been a source of intrigue to me!

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  17. And Farmer Ned's horse said just about all that needed to be said. Very good - I love your characters, and listening to you read the story brought them to life most entertainingly.

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  18. And Farmer Ned's horse said just about all that needed to be said. Very good - I love your characters, and listening to you read the story brought them to life most entertainingly.

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  19. Enjoyable story, Keith. Thanks for the vocal addition. That was great. Well done. :D --- Suzanne

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  20. Astounding use of imagery! Well done!

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