November – 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, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below, which this week is supplied by J Hardy Carroll.

© J Hardy Carroll

Click here to almost hear the nearly voiceless author croak his tale:

November

I am bored with November.
It is grey, damp and dismal.
The wind comes from the east, and the rain is steady.
My home is never warm.
This room is not spacious, but there are always draughts.
I stare into the flames, but the burning logs never seem to generate quite enough heat.
And that constant scratching noise is irritating.
I am miserable.
I sigh.
It is boredom as much as the cold that depresses me.
I need to do something to lift my spirits.
Time to throw another cat on the fire.

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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46 Responses to November – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I’m trying to picture this…where are the cats coming from? Doesn’t it smell? Do they screech, claw, try to get away? And then I shake my head…trying NOT to picture this!

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    • ceayr says:

      Well, Dawn, they are in the cages, of course! And I did mention the constant scratching noise. Ah dearie me, you just weren’t paying attention, were you?
      They make such pretty flames…

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  2. Rats,,, I think I would rather be bored…

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  3. draliman says:

    It’s never so cold as to require mass caticide, surely 😦

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  4. siobhan1967 says:

    oh, that last line – marvellous! I dislike November also. And cats.

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  5. James McEwan says:

    A Dickensian story for this time of year, with a quick and sudden shock at the end, unless a cat is a hissing green log.

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  6. What an unexpected twist, just as I was beginning to think of warm fuzzy blankets. Good story CE!

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  7. I was taken aback by the last line and loved it! Nicely done. =)

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  8. What a last line I felt sorry for the story teller til then. November blues so well evoked.

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  9. Abhijit Ray says:

    A cat has seven lives, they say. Will she sacrifice one for your warmth?

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  10. Tannille says:

    As a cat lover I am disgusted with myself for laughing. You might need the fur for winter!

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  11. I was NOT going to ‘like’ this. Because I do NOT like this … but the fact I SO SO SO do not like it … makes me ‘like’ it …
    😉
    Well done on the terrible thing that this is … 😉
    Na’ama

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  12. YES!! Who doesn’t love a burning cat! Yuk! Great stuff, great twist!

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  13. Eek! I can’t unsee the picture you have painted. What a take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  14. Nobbinmaug says:

    Jesus, man! Kill all the people you want, but let the cats be.

    I was looking out the window agreeing with everything you said. It was actually 70 degrees until today. Now, it’s snowing. I’m already tired of November. Then, boom! Cats! The only time I felt like that was when I watched the trailer for the theatrical adaptation for the musical Cats.

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  15. Gouy Corine says:

    HA NON ! PAS LES CHATS.
    Je comprends le rire maintenant !
    Mais j’aime cette histoire de psychopathe !

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  16. granonine says:

    Oh! I had an actual physical reaction–shrink back in horror! This was a total surprise. Well done.

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  17. Meeow! I’m no cat lover but even I wouldn’t….on second thoughts.

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  18. I knew your last lines are the real thing. The deadly words strike, and strike they do.
    Frighteningly awesome. But then who’s complaining!

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  19. Iain Kelly says:

    I am in total agreement with your MC – November sucks. I’m just not sure about his chosen form of entertainment to relieve the boredom!

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  20. Colline says:

    Didn’t expect that twist at the end! 😀

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  21. Dear C.E.

    I could feel the chill in my bones. And I’m ever so glad I wasn’t taking a sip of my coffee while reading the last line. 😀

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  22. neilmacdon says:

    The last line was a total surprise

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