Boot Hill – 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.
I have to say I love this week’s photo from Courtney Wright, made me think of summertime in Scotland, with the rain squelching between my toes.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

Submitted by Courtney Wright


Click here to hear the writer read his words:

Boot Hill

Well, that’s old Percy laid to rest, I guess.
He had it coming, you got to admit that, Cecil.
Well, yes, Bancroft, he could be irritating.
Downright annoying, you ask me.
So why are you so down in the mouth now, you can relax and just rob banks in peace, without him bugging you all the time.
Well, dang, Cecil, that’s true, but I wanted to ask him where he got them real nice boots of Spanish leather. I kinda liked them.
I have always said it, Bancroft, you do have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions afterwards.

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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66 Responses to Boot Hill – Friday Fictioneers

  1. That’s why I ask questions first and shoot later.

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  2. jillyfunnell says:

    Witty tale and a reminder of a lovely Nanci Griffith rendition of the Dylan song.

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  3. athling2001 says:

    Great humor and the twist of robbing banks turned the whole story around. Well done.

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  4. Once again, a great tale told in so few words. Well done!

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  5. Ms W says:

    Loved the dialogue and the twist!

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  6. Nan Falkner says:

    What good dialect! Excellent!

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  7. James McEwan says:

    I suspect people have killed for less, pity the boots didn’t fit – where will he buy a new pair?

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  8. I always enjoy your dialogue! A very amusing piece. =)

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  9. Haha..yes…what Russell said.

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  10. lisarey1990 says:

    Great dialogue.

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  11. Quite the tale. Should have waited to shoot. But he could always take his shoes!

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  12. subroto says:

    Dang! There goes Percy and there is no way to reboot him yet. Great dialogue in the flash.

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  13. Nan Mykel says:

    Ha! A good one!

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  14. He could always steal Percy’s boots – he hardly needs them now!

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  15. A good man dies with his boots on and takes his secrets to the grave.

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  16. Ooops!! Guess he shoulda asked about the boots first, huh??? Great story! I love dialogue! And I loved what you did with the prompt C.E.! ❤

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  17. Mike says:

    I think that he is likely to learn to make boots in prison now

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  18. Varad says:

    Maybe he could try robbing the shoe shops for a while. Good fun, CE.

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  19. Lynn Love says:

    Ha! Well, that’ll teach him. Maybe he’ll be more cautious from now on, not go shooting off half cocked! Nice twist at the end there C

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  20. Rowena says:

    Fantastic, CE. You took me through the full gamut of emotions here. Maybe your character could walk into Iain Kelly’s story and get himself a new pair of boots. Or, maybe he already has.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  21. pennygadd51 says:

    Enjoyed that one CE! You made me grin!

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  22. Ha ha – loved that. You managed to write a story about robbery and murder and make me laugh at the same time! The dialogue was very believable.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  23. Murder and humor in a single flash. You sir, are the master of sound-bite fiction.

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  24. Anita says:

    Unanswered question!
    His ghost will never say that!
    Robbing bank in peace doesn’t mean being a peace and knowing where to buy the loved-shoes from! 🙂

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  25. granonine says:

    I love stories told completely in dialogue. Loved your characters, including poor Percy 🙂

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  26. Iain Kelly says:

    Every good robber needs a good sheriff behind him. Hope they find a good quality boot seller.

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  27. This had me laughing out loud which is always an indication of great timing and writing. Thanks

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  28. Dear C.E.

    They ain’t from Texas. Love the dialogue. I’ll be on the lookout for Cecil.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  29. neilmacdon says:

    Moves the chaw to the side of my mouth. “Damn fine dialogue, amigo”

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