Not the Grinch – 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.
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his week’s rather cute prompt photo is one of mine, taken in Cogolin, a nearby town with an interesting background and etymology.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© C. E. Ayr


Click here to hear the writer read his words:

Not the Grinch

Portuguese Tony.
Aka Tony Casquette.
(That’s cap, okay?)
I’ve seen him around a lot recently.
In fact, too much.
I’m wondering if he’s trying to muscle in on my territory.
He is a charming guy, gets on with everyone.
Even me, until now.
And not many can say that.
But he seems to have changed his old truck for a motorbike.
So he can get to my clients faster, maybe.
I’m not standing for this.
He reminds of that kid’s character that I hated.
The really cool dude.
Yep, it looks like I need to eliminate the Cat in the Hat.

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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69 Responses to Not the Grinch – Friday Fictioneers

  1. kelleysdiy says:

    I also have a soft spot for Dr. Seuss work as I have a grandson who loves the stories! I so enjoy your blog and your wonderful writes. ☺️❤️️

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  2. Clever write. I enjoyed this one.

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  3. magarisa says:

    A clever, witty take on your own photo!

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  4. Lynn Love says:

    Ha! Love this. Old Tony’s back, but stepping on toes he shouldn’t – he’s been around long enough to know better. And love that last line. Is that true about the Dr Seuss artwork? What a tale. Fabulous, C, as always 🙂

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  5. subroto says:

    Need to feed him with some green eggs and ham, that might just do the trick 😉

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  6. Cute maybe… but this is a matter of honor and gold… i see a cat turning cold.

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  7. Violet Lentz says:

    I think you need to read, ‘The Cat in the Hat Comes Back’… Nice one CE.

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  8. Margaret says:

    Very good. I have a soft spot for Dr Seuss too. My grandson, Dan, who can’t see, is very sensitive to loud noises and when he was only 4 he emerged from a public toilet after using the loud hot air hand drier (Do you have those everywhere in your part of the world?) saying ‘I do not like that fan. I do not like it. Dan I am.’ I’ll never forget.

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  9. 4963andypop says:

    I will forever associate dr seuss with potty training. So the cat in the hat is fair game in my book.

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  10. Lynda says:

    I enjoyed your reading. It brought your tale to life. It would seem, from comments above, that you’ve written about Tony before. I’ve been gone for some time so I hope you don’t kill him off before I get a chance to know him better. 😉
    Oh, and also from above regarding: “random”
    I think being random makes us more interesting.

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    • ceayr says:

      I am happy you enjoyed the reading, I often wonder if it is worthwhile.
      But it is good discipline for finding typos, repetitions, and such like, and my trans-Atlantic friends like the quaint accent.
      Tony appeared as a bit player a few weeks back, and for some reason seemed to catch the imagination of several readers:
      https://ceayr.com/2019/02/06/blaze-friday-fictioneers/
      Then I mentioned him in passing in my intro the following week and even that, to my great surprise, got a reaction.
      I am not sure you want to know him better, he is a bit of a ladies’ man!
      But I will try not to bump him off just yet, although this blog does tend to have a high DBC (dead body count).

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  11. Great stuff. And the deliver was excellent.
    And thanks for the prompt.

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  12. Abhijit Ray says:

    Business rivalry! Why don’t you invest in a bike rather than eliminating Tony who gets along with everyone? Nice story.

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  13. Dear CE,

    Better be on the lookout of Thing 1 and Thing 2. I see murder on the horizon. Guess there can be only one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  14. Sandra says:

    I hardly recognise you in this mode. Not a body in sight. Prospects, yes, but not confirmed as yet.

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  15. Tannille says:

    The cat in the hat a great touch!

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  16. draliman says:

    I like how you’ve set this out as his thought process. Tony could be in for a bit of trouble!

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  17. michael says:

    Cool story, cool scooter, is it for sale🙂

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  18. The return of Portuguese Tony…or the demise?

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  19. And to top it all I guessed the location of the photo!!

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  20. Cat in the hat is an absolute classic, i think green eggs and ham was written as a bet with his publisher that he couldn’t write a book using only a certain number of different words, I think 50. Really funny stuff.

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  21. This is a wonderful prompt in that there is so much one could go with: the cat, the bike, the narrow streets, the windows… I like your comedic twist on this one. I started out expecting something darker.

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  22. Well, my daughter did get pretty hooked on Dr suess books when she was little, they’re peddling something pretty strong!

    Great story! Wish there was a part 2!

    -Rachel

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  23. Nobbinmaug says:

    I like how you worked in the cat. I didn’t even notice it when I started my story. I like the audio, too. I was thinking about doing that. I read my stories aloud to make sure they sound right, anyway.

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  24. I never expected the Cat in the Hat to be involved with organized crime. Maybe he can bribe them with Green Eggs and Ham

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  25. Jade M. Wong says:

    Oh no, not the Cat in the Hat! He can’t be killed—surely, we can’t have that! 😂 No, but seriously, Tony needs to watch his back!

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  26. gahlearner says:

    I love the wordplay with the cat and the cap-hat. And casquette, to me, eerily sounds like casket. Tony better watch out.

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  27. pennygadd51 says:

    I feel sure we’ll hear more about Portuguese Tony – much more, I hope, because he’s a great character! I love this story – very witty. Your punchline had me grinning broadly!

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  28. granonine says:

    It seems we’re all having fun with your photo today, CE 🙂 It took me a minute to realize the cat was the MC here. Had me smiling the whole rest of the way!

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  29. Corine Gouy says:

    Non, non, non et non ! Tu laisses ce joli chat noir tranquille. Mais tu peux tuer Tony Casquette .

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  30. They’re heading for a cat fight – or should that be a tom fight? Whatever, it doesn’t bode well!

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  31. Sounds like its going to be a hunt! 😉

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  32. Iain Kelly says:

    Just as I was warming to Portuguese Tony. I like to think he’s smart enough to see you coming and a violent game of cat and mouse will ensue!

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  33. Varad says:

    Hope the bike has some horse power. This was a clever little take, CE.

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  34. emmylgant says:

    Very clever!
    Too bad for Tony, I like the guy, cool cat.
    He might have 9 lives…

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