Animal Channel – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
She also selects, with impeccable taste, the photo prompt.
Thank you, ma’am.
The idea is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below.

© C. E. Ayr

© C. E. Ayr

Animal Channel

I don’t like this place, she complains, and I don’t like your friend.
Alain is cool, I say, it’s the TV channel that bugs you.
My favourite café always shows wildlife programs, often with graphic scenes of carnivores feasting.
He could be a serial killer or something, she says, isn’t that how they all start, torturing animals?
We have many differences.
After she returns to Vancouver I am disappointed, but unsurprised, when she stops communicating.
But I am surprised to see her face on the news, under the headline:
Canadian woman charged with 11 counts of child abduction and murder.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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89 Responses to Animal Channel – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Thank you for this photo. It’s marvelous. And if I correctly gleaned that this no longer exists, than I doubly thank you for snapping a photo of it so that it still exists in some form.
    I love your sound bite story as well. It is humorous with a twist.

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    • ceayr says:

      I am glad you appreciate the photo, but please remember that it is Rochelle who chooses from the vast number submitted to her.
      And yes, the whole building is now demolished.
      Happy you also enjoyed my story.
      Hope to see you here again.

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  2. She cannot bear the sight of a carnivore having its fill. Masked lady. She should be be brought to book.

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  3. Indira says:

    The end surprised me. What a hypocrite woman. Very nicely written.

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  4. tedstrutz says:

    I like your Sound Bite Story… thanks for the pic this week.

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  5. Love the twist! And a female killer too, awesome!
    Sorry to hear the mural is gone though, very lovely! Truly inspiring prompt!

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    • ceayr says:

      Glad you enjoyed, Yolanda, and you know what they say about the female of the species!
      The mural was spectacular indeed, a photo waiting to be taken.

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  6. Margaret says:

    Wow! That ending has a bite to it. I really liked the character dynamics – the nigglling conflict between the two characters is intriguing. I can’t decide if the narrator is male or female. Friendship or romance gone wrong? No matter, it works either way. And thanks for the picture.

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    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, Margaret, I aim for an ending with a (Sound) Bite to it.
      Unless I make it clear, you can assume that the narrator is male.
      Usually!
      But I had not considered the alternative and, as you say, it still works.
      I loved the snap, but Rochelle, of course, selected it from the millions at her disposal!

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  7. What a twist at the end, never would have expected it. Don’t think I’ll ever look at Free Willie the same way again.

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  8. Amy Reese says:

    Once again, you got me with an unexpected twist. The animal channel obviously hit close to home. Clever and well done. Thanks for the photo, too! It’s a great prompt.

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  9. I really enjoyed both your photo and your story. The story is like so many relationships, so real. The twist at the end, while distinctly a twist…like life, is not so strange either. Life seems to throw the strangest thins our way sometimes.

    I recognized this photo promptly, but was shocked to see that it has been torn down! I’ve passed it so many times, but didn’t see that it was gone. Like much in life, it happened while I wasn’t looking… Nice job!

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  10. Jan Brown says:

    What an unexpected twist! Well done, C.E.

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  11. draliman says:

    Great turn-around at the end, and nice photo!

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  12. rgayer55 says:

    She seemed so harsh in her judgment of others, but I’m sure found a way to justify her own actions (within her head). Very tight writing.
    I had fun with the photo. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  13. Great story with an unexpected twist at the end. Great title also and thanks for a good photo.

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  14. Hmmm… I wonder who the lady’s dentist was?

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  15. Your story took an unexpected turn, and the whole narrative style was laconic, yet vividly evocative.
    Wow!
    Also, your prompt is fantastic. Thank you!

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  16. Ula says:

    The picture is wonderful and can take you in so many directions. The telling of this story is great. It’s surprising and not surprising in some ways. We humans can be so complicated in such evil ways.

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  17. Canadian Psycho. This piece should be banned. Lovely.

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  18. Sandra says:

    Terrific picture and a nicely delivered story. I liked the slightly off-hand, phlegmatic delivery of the narrator.

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  19. Wow. You never really know someone.
    And yes, thanks for the picture. I REALLY like it.

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  20. elmowrites says:

    Loved the picture – thanks for sending it in. definitely out of the ordinary. Where’s it taken?
    If I’m honest, I found your story a touch front-heavy: making the twist more like a punchline (albeit this is a long way from a joke!) than a twist in the tale. That being said, I like where you’re aiming with this, and the sense we have of both characters from a few sentences.

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  21. storydivamg says:

    They say we hate our own faults worse in others. And also, “The world is a mirror.” You took all that to a whole new level, C.E.

    All my best,
    MG

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  22. siobhanbev says:

    Love this, with her projecting her own desires onto another. And how odd that the picture made us both think of ‘Vancouver’ in some way: mine’s about the original owner of the name.

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  23. gahlearner says:

    Whoops! What a twist in the end. I love the atmosphere of the story, the disagreement seems ordinary, the development normal, until all the lies surface. And thank you for the picture, I love it.

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  24. C.E., first thanks for a great photo. Next, thanks for a stunning story. Love the “punch” at the end.

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  25. paulmclem says:

    Good piece. As an aside why do so many of us non-Americans set stories in the US/Canada etc? I’m as guilty as anyone. Are we pandering to the mainly US participants on FF? I do try to use Scottish/UK locations but keep drifting back across the pond. Something I’ll need to think more about 🙂

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    • ceayr says:

      Thanks, Paul.
      Can only answer for myself, but I am hoping to catch Hollywood’s eye.
      To be serious (for once), I think I only do when the prompt suggests it.
      Today’s tale is set in France, where I live.

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  26. Graham Lawrence says:

    You set the bar high for excellent flash fiction. Lots of depth in this story. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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  27. jabberjeans says:

    Really incredible piece of flash here – with such an incredible twist – all so well written and delivered! Wow!

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  28. liz young says:

    Bet the narrator was glad she had dropped the friendship!

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  29. Each of us is capable of a bottomless pit of both good & evil. Man is like that

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  30. Dale says:

    A Canadian child abductor and murderess? Surely not!
    Goes to show… you just never truly know people, eh?
    I’m with Rochelle, a novel that reads in 100 words…
    Fabulous image, too.

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  31. What a punch at the end! ! You just never know who you’re dealing with, do you? I love the photo this week… Where was it taken?

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  32. Stunning photo! Love your story, as always well written and love the twist! 🙂

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  33. What a story, so much goodness packed in 100 words. And that image of yours is amazing.

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  34. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant deny he’s a big dude
    No one can describe him as frail
    And when he blows his nose
    He knows he really blows
    But not as impressively as a beautiful whale

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  35. Dear C. E.

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much. Animals do what come naturally…humans? I’m not so sure. You’ve written a novel in a hundred words today, from disagreements to failed relationship all the way to “gasp!”

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  36. emmylgant says:

    That photo is an optical mind blower!.
    Great misdirection.
    Pure SBF.

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  37. I like this.. it’s like the Janus face of a human.. there was a case here in Sweden with a high-ranking police officer that talked a lot of equality between men and women. It was a disgrace when he was caught with rape and torture of young women..

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