There is a House – 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.
This week’s prompt comes
courtesy of JS Brand, and takes me back non-fictionally to a simpler, pre-Katrina world.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© JS Brand

Click here to hear the author read his tale:

There is a House

New Orleans is fabulous.
We cruise on a Riverboat, eat jambalaya, listen to jazz in Jackson Square, chill on Bourbon Street.
I sit on a balcony in the French Quarter, remembering Elvis in King Creole.
It is all I imagined.
Except for the company.
My companion is a bitter lady who finds fault everywhere.
The relationship will be short-lived.
We ride a horse-drawn buggy, the driver pointing out sites of interest.
‘The building to your left was made famous in a song by English band The Animals’.
It is our hotel.
I stayed in The House of the Rising Sun.

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 There is a House – Friday Fictioneers

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    I love that song and it would be very neat to stay in that hotel, jus for the fun of it. I must admit, kept waiting for his lady friend to disappear somehow. Maybe a consequence of the house of the rising sun, somehow!

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  2. subroto says:

    Nice one but now I have that song playing in my head 🙂

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  3. I like the way you wove this story. I guess Ms. Grumpy might be thrown overboard if she keeps complainging. Of course, like others before me have said, I love the song.
    Isadora 😎

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  4. Ahhh..so now I have that song in my head. that’s okay, it’s a good one, as is your story.

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  5. I presume it did not prove to be his ruin.

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  6. Norma says:

    Perhaps there is a rising sun in his house somewhere. How? Who knows? Some people have a way of finding fault in others, especially their husbands or only their husbands.

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    • ceayr says:

      The narrator is fortunate to always see the sun rising in his house.
      And, more fortunately, he was never married to the lady described here, so the relationship ended relatively painlessly.

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  7. I hope the sun is indeed rising for him. I loved your short comment on her!

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  8. Mandie Hines says:

    I’m very amused by the comments to this story today.
    I actually chuckled at the line “The relationship will be short-lived.” She’s lucky she made it through the end of the story. Not all of your characters do. Great piece, C.E. I really enjoyed how you captured the essence of New Orleans. You painted a very vivid picture.

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    • ceayr says:

      I am amused by your comment, Mandie, and happy that you enjoyed the story so much. Considering how short my time there was, New Orleans is still high on my list of favourite places.

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  9. granonine says:

    Ahh, wonderful jambalaya! Too bad your companion was such a dud 🙂

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  10. I wonder, am I meant to read irony in the story when applied to the lyrics of the song? Either way, I really like this story, as it’s got a lot of things I enjoy in it (The Animals, jazz, Elvis)… but I’ve never tried jambalaya. I wonder if I can find a vegetarian version recipe and try my hand at cooking it?

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  11. Susan says:

    How close to the waterfront is this hotel? Somehow I think the young man may have made his miserable mistress disappear.

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  12. Rowena says:

    Ceayr, sounds like the sun is rising on a new chapter for him. A new love interest perhaps? Great story.
    xx Rowena

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  13. I can hear Eric Burdon’s raspy voice even now… it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy and god I know, I’m one. Brilliant CE

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  14. Dear CE,

    Some people can be so negative they suck the life from all around them. Good story. Now I have that song bouncing around my head…”There is a house in New Orleans…”

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  15. Jelli says:

    As always, a wonderful twist of words. Hope you find a better woman at the hotel.

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  16. Ha… maybe there are less grumpy ladies to be found at that hotel…
    Do they have an exchange service?

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  17. Ha ha – that was a great little read! Brilliant take on the photo prompt. (And I hope he ditches Moaning Minnie soon!)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  18. Lynn Love says:

    ‘Tell your children not to do what I have done!’ What a cracking song that is. And a wonderfully fitting end to your story too, C. Love your descriptions and references, the names of places, the feel of the place. Fab

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  19. I think she’s going to be even grumpier when she learns this. Nice story.

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  20. Anita says:

    Great detail in a few words! Even the nature of the woman – fault-finding.
    Hope the Rising sun proves to be good for him just like the life & glow our sun bestows on earth.

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  21. Moon says:

    Sad about his bitter memories. He sounds like a sensitive young man to me, as it was the companion that mattered to him.

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  22. pennygadd51 says:

    I love the little-boy glee of your last line; I didn’t need the recording to tell me the laughter in your voice! Nicely written, CE

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  23. James says:

    Wait! I thought “House of the Rising Sun” was a prison.

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  24. sorryless says:

    Love the ode to a great, great song!

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  25. Iain Kelly says:

    It will be the ruin of this poor boy, or perhaps his companion more likely.

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  26. neilmacdon says:

    House of the Setting Sun for that relationship, I think

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  27. Varad says:

    I love the song, CE. This was fantastic.

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