Portuguese Tony – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets th
e 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 me.

© C. E. Ayr

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Portuguese Tony

Tony is a good guy.
He is easy-going, helpful, and he gets along with almost everyone.
Even in our community of mixed cultures he is pretty much universally liked.
He’s a bit like that character in The Great Escape, played by James Garner, I think.
The Scrounger.
He can get you anything you need.
Now that icy winter has arrived with floods and storms, I am grateful for his help.
You see, I am old, and I really feel the cold.
So if I don’t have any cats, he’ll find me plenty of small dogs.
Yep, for my fire.

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49 Responses to Portuguese Tony – Friday Fictioneers

  1. OMG..no you didn’t! (lol)


  2. Nobbinmaug says:

    Back to the fire. Come on, man. I read that with two little dogs on my lap. That’s why God made witches and homeless people.


  3. 4963andypop says:

    Strange but inevitable. No one is exempt. Pets are bound to come to a bad end in your stories as well. At least theres the air freshening quality–the lovely smell of barbecue…😊


  4. Corine Gouy says:

    À force de jouer avec le feu, il va finir par se brûler ! C’est bien les chiens, mieux que les chats .
    Avec Tony dans le feu ,il aurait de quoi se tenir au chaud plusieurs jours .


  5. Portuguese Tony and the burning of small animals… what will you burn when both the cats and dogs have been burnt?


  6. I liked Portuguese Tony — a kind sort of guy, helping an old friend, until I learnt about the cats and dogs fire lighters ! Nice and quirky.


  7. James McEwan says:

    Since every stray cat has now met its end, we turn on the dogs. Oh the smell and barking!. What next, donkeys?


  8. draliman says:

    Yeeks! He’s still up to his old tricks.


  9. Abhijit Ray says:

    While Portuguese Tony may help you for some money, for sure. You are committing a grave sin using small animals for firewood.


  10. Hey, you, enough with the burning of animals, will ya?!
    Did ya never hear of burning trees or twigs or coal or peat or something? 😉


  11. Mike says:

    Tony is a real black marketeer it seems.


  12. Hey he has to do what he has to do.


  13. granonine says:

    Oy. Maybe the old guy has lost his sense of smell. I hope.


  14. liz young says:

    In that weather the animals probably wouldn’t survive – shame to waste them!


  15. Eek! Not sure whether to laugh or cry. What a take on your own photo! 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  16. pennygadd51 says:

    Glad to see Portuguese Tony again! Fancy him being such a public benefactor, though!


  17. Burning animals is one of my pet hates!!


  18. Tannille says:

    Ah winter, anything to stay warm!


  19. Dear C.E.

    He’s just trying to stay warm. Right?




  20. Iain Kelly says:

    The return of Portuguese Tony! And good to see he has developed a conscience and is now helping out in the community.


  21. neilmacdon says:

    An unusual take on fire dogs. Nice one, mate


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