The Bomb – 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 multiple choice prompt is appropriately by multi-talented Claire Fuller, one of my favourite FF writers, and a delightful English lady with a delightfully English voice.
I considered inviting my pink alter ego to comment on the blue badge in the photo, but then decided to go for something more obvious.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on her picture, below.

© Claire Fuller

© Claire Fuller

Click here to hear me read the story: The Bomb

Incoming, yells Phil.
Our heads tilt upwards, we see a giant shadow threatening to block out the sun.
We are dug in on a hillside overlooking the town.
We are surrounded by more enemy soldiers than I imagined existed.
The invaders are swarming through our country, seemingly unstoppable.
We are down to the last few men, almost our entire army obliterated.
But, due to the strategic advantage of our position, we have held them at bay for almost three days.
It seems their patience is exhausted.
What can we do, I ask my friend.
He looks at me, grins.
Duck?

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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54 Responses to The Bomb – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Nothing like a little gallows humor. I enjoyed the piece with its mix of emotions!

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  2. You’ve always got a smile creator somewhere in your tales, CE.
    This was a bit grim but beautifully told. I enjoyed listening to you read it.
    It gives me a better idea of how you’re phrasing the words.
    Isadora 😎

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  3. Michael Wynn says:

    Humour shining through a tough situation, excellent piece

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  4. unusual as always, and witty too! Duck indeed!

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  5. Love the humor in the face of death.. I think that’s what could make the difference

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  6. Dale says:

    You brought us right in and I could just picture the situation.
    Nothing better than a little humour when all the odds are against us…

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  7. mandibelle16 says:

    I think you’d need a good sense of humour to get through that. Sound advice CE 🙂

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  8. paulmclem says:

    Sometimes it’s the best option.

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  9. A sound plan and a good story.

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  10. Nice tension in this piece – with a bit of humor at the end.

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  11. Indira says:

    Now I know what is Gallows humour. Excellent writing as usual.

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  12. Lynn Love says:

    Gallows humour – such a terrifically important device for service men in these situations. The terror of it is unimaginable. You paint a great picture, C, of impossible odds under seige. I wonder if they’ll survive somehow? Great story

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  13. xcomart says:

    Dear C E

    there they were – batman and robin on their way to a very important meeting with a very important man, suddenly near Oldham the batmobile starts to smoke and shudders to a halt, “What now” says batman – “run” says robin . And thats what they did 🙂

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  14. Nice to see they retained a sense of humour in such adverse circumstances!

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  15. Well, sometimes there’s nothing left to do but smile. Vivid and well paced story.

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  16. Sandra says:

    I almost felt as though I were there. And that’s such a grim twist of humour at the end there. Well done, as always.

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  17. Excellently rendered. Taut.

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  18. I was going to say gallows humour too, but Neil beat me to it. Great writing (and reading).

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  19. Iain Kelly says:

    Black humour in a hopeless situation. Excellent.

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  20. michael1148humphris says:

    A fine piece of writing, Quack quack,

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  21. Dear CE,

    At least they’re going out with a sense of humor. Very visual piece. I felt like ducking myself. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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