There’s Something Wrong – 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).
Al’s photo this week takes me down an all too obvious road.
Sorry about that.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© Al Forbes

Click here to hear me read this 90-second story: There’s something wrong

Ground Control to Major Tom…
You owe us money, pal.
In Scotland, when four strangers address you as ‘pal’, you are often in trouble.
I know I am.
I try to keep the shake out of my voice.
How do you work that out, guys, I ask, although I have already guessed.
We were at your show tonight, bit of a disaster, eh?
Your circuit’s dead…
I am a singer in a Seventies Revival Tour, I do Bowie.
Ten minutes into tonight’s performance, during my first number, the power failed.
And could not be fixed.
there’s something wrong…
The tickets were pre-sold, so there was no cash for refunds.
I’m just a singer, I say, knowing it is futile.
You’re a rich rock star, you’re giving us our money back.
I get paid minimum wage by the promoter, I plead, I am broke.
This is sadly true.
Aye, you’re about to be more broke, pal.
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
No, I can’t hear anything.

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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12 Responses to There’s Something Wrong – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Seems we both thought a like with the David Bowie song. I feel bad for this guy though he’s not even David Bowie and he’s going to get beat to a pulp for just doing his job. Not good to be anyone’s ‘Pal’ I guess. Hugs CE! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  3. James says:

    Rich rock star, ha! Maybe if he was Bowie. Seems a little extreme. Maybe they should sue the promoter instead.

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  4. Planet earth is blue and there’s nothing the poor chap can do!

    Click to read my story

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  5. Funny space trip that went. Nicely written.

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  6. I was waiting to read about ground control to Major Tom. It was one of the first things I thought about but I ended up going in a different direction. Loved your take on the prompt though 🙂 Awesome reading.

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Funny, the picture of a spacesuit took me to Scotland as well with my story this week, although a different slant. Nice to see Scottish hospitality is still renowned around the universe!

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  8. Sandra says:

    I suspect a Glasgow kiss is on the way. Stetch that, Jemmie. (Sorry – I’ll get me coat).

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  9. Some very unhappy punters there. I imagine he was quite spaced afterwrds

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