Bottle of Water – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in
the picture (below).
This week Al
shows us a photo by J Hardy Carroll
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.
There is no reading this week, my limited oratory skills do not stretch to a conversation.

© J Hardy Carroll

© J Hardy Carroll

Bottle of Water

Do you want some water?
I am just talking to someone.
I am getting water. Do you want a bottle?
I am just talking to this guy.
Do you want water? (Two bottles of Highland Spring, please.)
What is it? I couldn’t hear you for the traffic. I was just talking to that guy.
I just asked if you wanted water. Here.
There was no need to get so excited, we were just talking.
You don’t need to be so jealous!
Jealous? I just asked…
That’s him there. Look, he is living in a cardboard box, and you get all uppity.
How you doing, man? Here, you look dry, have some water.
I don’t think it’s water he wants.
It will do him more good than anything else.
He still thinks you’re crazy, you know.
What? Why?
For being so possessive.
I. Only. Asked. If. You. Wanted. Water.
Calm down, no need to get all uptight.
Do you ever listen to yourself?
I don’t need to. I have to listen to you!

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20 Responses to Bottle of Water – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. As the guy said in the famous movie, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Good dialogue, C.E. 😀 — Suzanne


  2. handmadejewelryhaven says:

    Or one just talking to himself…..

    Thanks for sharing!

    – Lisa


  3. I can see that this is familiar all the way around. Well done for bringing it to life.


  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Made me laugh a lot, have experienced and witnessed this type of conversation as well. More often, the practical party wondering what the other person is talking about. I guess being that person you just nod along and keep the ‘What Are You Even Talking About?’ and similar questions to yourself. Nice write CE hugs!


  5. Dale says:

    I have witnessed (and been a participant in) a conversation like this more than once. How it doesn’t end in violence at times is beyond me… 😉


  6. Lorraine says:

    I’ve had conversations like that You’ve mapped those sorts of “discussions” perfectly.

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  7. Oh this is so familiar. The sociopath was like this. Well done CE. It fits really well.


  8. Dear CE,

    There’s nothing like having a meaningful conversation with someone. This was nothing like that. 😉 I felt the frustration in the last line. I understand…I often feel that way. What? Did you say something. Oh yeah…good story. I’d like a bottle of water, too, please.



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  9. You can just visualise the old married couple having this conversation 🙂 Nicely done.

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