Puff – 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 soothing image comes courtesy of my favourite Fictioneer, the ultra-talented Sandra Crook.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Sandra Crook

Click here to hear the writer read his words:

Puff the Magic Dragon

I wander aimlessly along the beach until I reach the steep path leading upwards.
I am glad of my stout stick, a piece of driftwood shaped like a dragon.
Puff is my favourite song, the one I sing most often to my beloved grandson.
Darkness is now falling and, although I’m not far from the village, the area is deserted.
So I am surprised at the top to see a woman sitting on the seaweed-draped barrier, gazing out to sea.
Without thinking I swing Puff against the back of her head and watch her body tumble into the water below.

 

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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76 Responses to Puff – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Whaaaat?!?! Every time I think how fun it would be to meet my FF writing friends, I read a story and think twice! Such a sweet tale, with such a dark, dark ending.

    A side note: I am a HUGE fan of Peter, Paul and Mary. About 2 years ago I met Peter Yarrow (who wrote that song) at the airport. We talked for ages, and he has emailed me several times since. It was magic, indeed.

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  2. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, you sinister devil, you! Such a beautifully written opening, with a sweet, thoughtful description of the sea, of a happy family life … then, bang! Murder comes from nowhere. Though – as with many of your killers – it’s good to bear in mind many murderers are outwardly normal people with families and home lives and jobs. And very nasty hobbies. As always, written with aplomb and style

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  3. Darkness was indeed falling. He seemed so normal. Excellent weaving of a story with an incredible twist, as always.

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  4. What a horrific ending, you have some weird characters in your portfolio. Brilliantly done

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  5. Liz Young says:

    Whoa! What’s his problem? Too much of the magic dragon, methinks!
    I did wonder how he found seaweed at the top of an uphill track?

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  6. A good story with a great surprise ending, C.E. I wonder how many women Granddad has knocked off with old Puff. O_o — Suzanne

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  7. subroto says:

    “Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
    And dispatched maidens with his club in a land called Honahlee”
    Somehow I missed those lines. Such a twist to the tale, should have seen it coming but granddad fooled us all.

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  8. OMG….you got me with that one!

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  9. So this is how you frolic in the autumn mist?
    Somehow I knew there would be another pile of bones for Iain and Sandra to discover beneath the sand.

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  10. granonine says:

    But—I was picturing this man as some benevolent old dude who likes to sing to his grandson! That was certainly an unexpected twist 🙂

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  11. What a psycho! That left me reeling, really did not expect that!!

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  12. Tannille says:

    Great atmosphere. Really painting a scene.

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  13. Margaret says:

    Never drop your guard, as someone dear to me always says. She dropped her guard – as did I as I read your story. Phew.

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  14. She was a bit unwise taking a holiday in Honahlee!

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  15. Bear says:

    Oh, man, that’s just mean. makes for a good story, though.

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  16. What the!? Maybe he’s been smoking too many magic dragons.

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  17. Tessa says:

    Glad I didn’t read ahead to spoil the ending. I just closed my eyes and listened to the sound bite. Wow! And he sounded so nice.

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  18. draliman says:

    That was quite an unexpected ending! I like the casualness of it all.

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  19. Abhijit Ray says:

    Now you killed a woman minding her own business! What is the count till now?

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  20. michael1148humphris says:

    I am getting worried for the females of our race.🙂

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  21. That is one way of making a big and lasting impression…
    I usually prefer a good smile though

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  22. Dale says:

    Of course he did.

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  23. Didn’t see that coming. Great ending. My mouth is still open!

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  24. That got ugly fast.

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  25. pennygadd51 says:

    He’s doing well for a grandad if he can get to the top of a steep climb up the cliff and still have enough puff for murder!

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  26. Sandra says:

    He doesn’t take any prisoners, does he? What was wrong with just roughing her up a little if she was sitting in his favourite spot? These puff merchants… all the same.

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  27. You are cruel this week.

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  28. not exactly a gentleman, is he?

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  29. Violet Lentz says:

    Ya brute! She might have been a perfectly nice woman! hehehe

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  30. Why was Puff in a such a tearing hurry. He could at least have said hi before swinging his..err..puff? Good evil writing, as usual, Ceayr.

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  31. gahlearner says:

    Whoa, bloody murder. I love the unexpected twist from friendly grandfather to merciless killer.

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  32. Another murdered woman!

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  33. Iain Kelly says:

    Couldn’t even have asked her name first? Bit rude. Still, nice to have the place to himself again – and Puff.

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  34. Anita says:

    Was she a mermaid?
    I thought of the ‘Little Mermaid’ when I read your story 🙂
    Pretty Sunrise Partners – Anita

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  35. neilmacdon says:

    That changed fast from bucolic to homicidal

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