It’s the Singer – 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.
Today’s apparently straightforward photo by Sandra Crook, who is in my Top Two favourite writers here on FF, made me think immediately of Clydebank, back in my rain-soaked homeland.
So, of course, I wrote something totally unrelated.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below

Copyright Sandra Crook

Copyright Sandra Crook

Click here to hear me read the story:

It’s the Singer…

No justice, he did not deserve to die.
Okay, he was a terrible singer.
And annoyingly loud.
He knew almost no words, and never even threatened a tune.
But he just kept belting out song after song.
Whenever there was music on TV he would shout along, drowning it out.
If not, he was happy to generate a noise all of his own.
People either laughed or left.
He totally ignored all hints and criticism, even threats.
He just grinned and bellowed away.
But he didn’t deserve to die.
I guess I was in a real bad mood that night.

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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76 Responses to It’s the Singer – Friday Fictioneers

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Sorry missed this last week CE. I’m behind on m comments. I enjoyed this and wondered if it was from the Singer sewing machines viewpoint, a noisy old sewing machine always making a sound. Or a guy who doesn’t shut up, won’t stop making noise, until the speaker finally ends him and his natter. Is it bad I’m hoping the antique sewing machine wasn’t destroyed 🙂

    Hugs

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  2. Indira says:

    Enjoyed the story and comments also.

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  3. YIKES … remind me not to sing. I usually don’t as I’m not that good.
    Of course, I’m not as bad as your character in your story.
    Actually, I thought your story was going to be about the ‘Singer’ sewing machine company.
    So much for pre-deciding what a story is about by the title. LOL
    Well done … I think ..?? SHould one be complimented for murder. 😳
    Isadora 😎

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    • ceayr says:

      Dear Isadora,
      Please do not concern yourself, I don’t necessarily kill everyone who isn’t Mr Pavarotti, and would never dream of harming a lady lovely as yourself.
      As for the title, just my little joke to tie the prompt to the story.

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      • PHEW … that’s a relief. 😁 Yes, I’m beginning to see the dark wry humor. I’m a bit slow with witticism. I’ve got to relax more with the challenges. BTW … I love Pavarotti. What a voice he had. His recordings live on. OK .. I’m off to practice my singing. Have a nice day …. Isadora 😎

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  4. That’s a warning not to be annoying around one of your murderous characters. If looks could kill, there’d probably be a lot more people biting the dust. Good writing, C.E. 😀 — Suzanne

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  5. I think the narrator needs anger management!

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  6. wmqcolby says:

    I laughed with enjoyment on this. This was awesomely good. The attitude of the piece is perfectly expressed. Maybe it was the band that loused him up, who knows? Anyway, an enjoyable work this week, C.E. Be well, my friend.

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  7. Michael Wynn says:

    This is a great piece of dark humour, which gave me a laugh which I thank you for.

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  8. Loved this one! Great twist at the end and great voice throughout.

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  9. I guess so!
    This made me laugh out loud. So warped!
    Tracey

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  10. Dahlia says:

    Hahah – love this one!

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  11. I thought of doing a story about a singer. It was nothing like this! Bravo!

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  12. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, you twisted that knife just at the last – great build up, a perfect description of a terrible karaoke singer. And love the way you almost bookend th story with the same line. Cracking story once more, C 🙂

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    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, Lynn, I admit that repetition is a device that I like to use in some circumstances to bring the reader back to the start point.
      Your kind words are very much appreciated.

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      • Lynn Love says:

        Well, they do say that to create a satisfying short story, you have to end where you began. Not always possible in flash, but it does round off a longer tale. It’s a neat technique and nicely pulled off, C 🙂

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  13. rgayer55 says:

    Well, if he’d been singing for his dinner he would have just starved to death anyway. Just thing of the suffering you saved him (and us).

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  15. Sandra says:

    Such a clever take on the picture, and such an acerbic tone yet placid tone to the narrator. For a moment, there was almost a tinge of regret too, but I suspect your narrator quickly overcame that inconvenience. Well done, CE, loved the piece, loved the language.

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  16. michael1148humphris says:

    I will hum quietly now, I promise. 🙂

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  17. paulmclem says:

    If you’d still lived in Glasgow you could have called the cooncil – they would have sent the noise abatement team around 🙂

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  18. Very amusing. I love this.

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  19. luckyjc007 says:

    Clever story! Singer…always tough as nails. They did not stop on their own…

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  20. He knew almost no words, and never even threatened a tune Bingo! What a great line

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  21. Graham Lawrence says:

    Great title and wonderful take on the prompt. Singer lol. Do they make machines any more?

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  22. kirizar says:

    I loved the fact that you took one look at a photo of an ancient sewing machine and went in an entirely different direction with the story. A perfect illustration of how inspiration works–it will not be directed nor coerced but leads a piper’s dance in the direction it chooses.

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  23. Morgan says:

    Nice spin!! Great ambiance to the piece 🙂

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  24. gahlearner says:

    The title cracked me up and I couldn’t stop laughing. Someone should tell the narrator that killing is so final. Maybe he remembers next time.

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  25. Good stuff. I love your voice as you read this.

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  26. Iain Kelly says:

    Wonderful black humour. I could picture the scene in a Glasgow pub or club with the local ‘bad singer’ belting out the songs.

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  27. Like Rochelle, to never threaten a tune is a perfect way of saying less and meaning more… Love the last line… you could actually say a killer last line.

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  28. Perfect last line – very funny. (And I love your obtuse link to the picture – clever)

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  29. Al says:

    Excellent. Sounded like there was a reason for the bad mood.

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  30. Dear CE,

    Close enough to the prompt. 😉 ‘never threatened a tune.’ Brilliant line. I laughed from start to finish. Perhaps it could be considered justifiable homicide. Assault of the ears.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  31. Joy Joyancel says:

    very nice, really enjoyed it. I am really into story-poetry is there a word for it?

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  32. neilmacdon says:

    McGonagall. McGonagall, there’s no-one like McGongall

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  33. LiteraryFuzz says:

    This is fantastic, love the atmosphere of the piece.

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