Hungry – 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.
For this week’s prompt she presents us with a
somewhat angst-ridden photo by good ol’ Douglas M. MacIlroy
But I am calmness personified.

The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Douglas M. MacIlroy

Click here to hear the author read the short tale:
Hungry

Jings, I am starving.
There is nothing growing here, it is an arid wasteland.
I don’t know what happened, it has been dry, but even without rain you can usually find something.
I can eat anything, grubs, worms, insects, even berries or nuts, anything with a bit of protein.
But there is not a living thing in sight, nothing to sustain a body.
Unless I eat the sand which is here.
Well, you have to laugh, don’t you.
Oh well, needs must, I do need food.
Sorry, Tweety, looks like you are lunch.

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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60 Responses to Hungry – Friday Fictioneers

  1. athling2001 says:

    Well done. Great twist at the end.

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  2. rachelmalik99 says:

    Hi there, poor Tweety. I liked the red herring of the speaker prepared to eat seeds, nuts etc. Well-played.

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  3. Excellent as always!

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  4. I thought it was the bird narrating the story and the twist at the end was unexpected. Entertaining story!

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  5. prior.. says:

    ha – pass the hot sauce.
    and love your speaking voice too

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  6. Nom, nom. Now pick those feathers out of your teeth.

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  7. rgayer55 says:

    If Sandra was there, she’d fight you over the wishbone.

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  8. JS Brand says:

    ‘Ello, I wish to register a complaint. In Medville you might manage to avoid “I’m a celebrity …”, but over ‘ere we don’t. Reading this reminded me of the ridiculous amount of publicity that resulted from a gang of z-listers on that programme killing and eating a rat.
    Still, I’ll get over it. It was a really good story – easy to digest but filling enough to keep me going till tea time.

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  9. Those last lines are always something!

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  10. Varad says:

    And then you got in that twist. Good one, CE.

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  11. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    This built up nicely to that lovely twist at the end. Should have seen it coming but didn’t.

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  12. I actually would eat the bird before the grubs… but I might be selfish that way… loved the twist.

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  13. Jelli says:

    A little mini-squab on the side there! Great one, C.E.!

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  14. Lynn Love says:

    Desperate times, eating that stringy thing! Nicely told, C, with a great sense of desperation

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  15. Loved this story. Didn’t know what was going to happen until the end. Great take on the prompt. Read your bio. I’m half Scots, but half Swede. I know so many Scots AND Swedes who are excellent writers!

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  16. Mandie Hines says:

    Hahaha Oh, no. I thought I was in the bird’s head, only to find out the poor bird was on the menu. And I must admit, I always enjoy listening to you read these stories.

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Oh dear! Sounds like the end of the world as well as the end of Tweety Pie…

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  18. That’s the rule of life. Eat or get eaten. 🙂

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  19. Dear C.E.

    Love the chuckle in the voice of the reader. Jings! This made me laugh. Is the Puddy Tat telling the story?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  20. granonine says:

    Aw! Poor widdle Tweety biwd:

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  21. Iain Kelly says:

    I thought you might have been narrating as the bird to start with, but no, as others say, a certain sad yet entertaining inevitability at the ending 🙂

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  22. Dale says:

    I thought for sure at the beginning this was the voice of the bird. But nooooo…. 🙂

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  23. Dang! Tweety is one of my favourite characters.

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  24. Probably more bother than it’s worth to get all the feathers off!

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  25. neilmacdon says:

    There is a terrible inevitability about it. You’re thinking “no. surely he’s not going to” and then he does

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  26. James says:

    Bad news for Tweety.

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  27. When needs must, become a canibird! Most amusing sir!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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