Parties – 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 very pretty photo comes from Priya Bajpal, and I have to confess that I have no idea what it shows. But it looks lovely, so who cares.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Priya Bajpal

Click here to hear the writer read his words:

Parties

I hate parties.
Always have, as long as I can remember.
And that is years now, since before I started school.
But they’re your friends, Mummy says, you always play with Jack, Theo, and Callum.
Or Stinky, Snotty and Farty, as I call them.
But our mummies are friends, so we have to be too.
They bully me, of course, because I’m small and smart.
I’
ve tried lots of things to escape these nightmares, but no luck.
This year will be different.
The internet is great.
I’ve made a wee bomb.
A couple of missing legs should change some minds.

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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83 Responses to Parties – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Yikes! Even your young ones are homicidal. 🙂

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  2. Despite the sociopathic elements, I read this and just thought I wished his mum listened to him more.

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  3. How very chilling. It raises the question, was this sociopathic development always going to happen or was he driven that way by the bullying?

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  4. One has to wonder if he is just simply a psychopath, with or without the bullying.
    Love a story that makes me think!

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  5. Very dark ending but you have to sympathise with the little lad.

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  6. StuHN says:

    The effects of bullying are all around us. The tone shifted so well into modern misery.

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  7. Violet Lentz says:

    Sounds like an Alchemy Cookbook is in his future…..

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  8. Lynn Love says:

    Ah, how true this is of kids. I remember my son regularly getting punched, kicked, teased by ‘friends’. Not that any of them are really friends now, though my son’s solution was to find new ones, not to blow the old ones up! You captured something true here and gave it a nasty twist. Great stuff

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  9. Rowena says:

    My kids are away at the Scout Jamboree and I could see them being interested in a wee bomb of the liquid variety, although of course, they’re all very well behaved and would never cross that line. Their sense of humour would love it.
    On a more serious note, bullying is rife in both schools and the adult realm. I remember our son being told to use his words when he was smaller when troubles arose. However, I only recently found out that a four year old boy usually doesn’t have the words so that’s very helpful advice. Actually, that’s actually held up as the rules.
    Fortunately, living in Australia it’s rare that bullying has the disasterous outcomes you see in the USA. However, our teens tend to implode and teen suicide is a serious issue, perhaps even an epidemic. Not necessarily caused by bullying but that doesn’t help.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    • ceayr says:

      G’day, Rowena
      It seems that virtual bullying is now commonplace, an even more cowardly and vile pastime than the physical variety.
      I don’t have a solution, other than education.

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  10. Oh no! I didn’t see that twist coming! Well done

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  11. Margaret says:

    The boy’s a survivor, I believe. I hope he refines his methods before he does too much damage. However, on the serious side, your story is spot on in relation to how so many of our problems start.

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  12. lisarey1990 says:

    I was not expecting that twist! Very dark.

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  13. Danny James says:

    If you don’t know how, just ask Mr. Google.

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  14. Oh, one more child lost to bullying. Hope he doesn’t do what he intends to do. Clever piece of writing!

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  15. Priya says:

    Wow! totally unexpected twist.

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  16. Just when I started feeling sorry for him. Maybe it’s better he doesn’t go to that party.

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  17. subroto says:

    A tiny bomb sounds dangerous unless he has a bomb filled with wee. Either way it’s not going to turn out well for the bullies.

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  18. 4963andypop says:

    Sounds like the party will be a blast. (Groan)

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  19. Looks like a mind bomb to me, spray the bullies with ideas and possibilities.

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  20. Indira says:

    The bullies must be taught a lesson but like this. They spoiled one innocent mind too.
    Very well written.

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  21. Unfortunately, the horrors of bullying are all too real and traumatize many a young one. It is an even sadder reality when that victim seeks violent revenge. There are many steps between the building of a “wee bomb” and the detonating so hopefully, he won’t go through with it in the end. Thought inspiring piece!

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  22. Corine Gouy says:

    J’ADORE quand de ton esprit sort des merveilles comme celle-ci !

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  23. Such a lot of stuff going on here. Bullying is so harsh …

    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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  24. Sandra says:

    Well you turned that on its head at the end there. And I was begining to feel sorry for the wee chap.

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  25. Piyali says:

    Stinky, Snotty, and Farty might have been cruel to him but the wee bomb idea scared me. I wish there were no bullies in the world!

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  26. Abhijit Ray says:

    Childhood bullies have left a scar on little boys mind. Now he hates parties.

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  27. granonine says:

    “I have made a wee bomb,” Good grief 🙂

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  28. tis better to main a bully than kill him I suppose.

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  29. Not such a wee bomb after all. This is truly disturbing. Perhaps because it treads too close to today’s realities.

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  30. pennygadd51 says:

    A believable yarn, CE. Thank goodness it’s more difficult for a small child to lay their hands on a powerful oxidising agent than it was when you and I were young!

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  31. michael1148humphris says:

    I think that this birthday lad is not such an innocent one. You left me wondering who is bullying who.

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  32. Anita says:

    Who will stop this attack by the smart kid?
    Wish there were no bullies. Or revenge…
    World would have been a better place. No missing body-parts…
    Another Try – Anita

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  33. trentpmcd says:

    Amazing the things you can find on the Internet these days… Ouch. Stinky, Snotty and Farty might deserve it, but still, ouch.

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  34. He’ll be legless at the next party whether he has a sneaky wee dram or not!

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  35. Dear CE.

    A wee bomb seems a bit over the top to keep from going to a party. On the other hand, Stinky, Snotty and Farty might have it coming. Love the voice in this.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  36. I was waiting for the brutal ending and you didn’t disappoint!

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  37. emmylgant says:

    I wouldn’t want to babysit this little genius!
    The ‘wee bomb’ is great.
    So is the development of the story. Well done!

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  38. Yikes, I wasn’t expecting that dark ending! Well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  39. Poor kid. Still, he has come up with a wee bomb. A lot of disabled people are actually geniuses. A deaf and mute person made an aircraft. If possible, please see the story here-https://www.scoopwhoop.com/news/deaf-mute-built-aircraft/

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  40. neilmacdon says:

    loved the “wee bomb”

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