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 the picture below, which this week is supplied by the peripatetic pensmith, me.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
Le marché noir
Portuguese Tony has fallen on hard times.
He always worked the black market, labouring on construction projects, getting cash-in-hand payments.
Along this coast they are always putting up new hotels and apartment blocks.
But, since he lost his driving licence, he struggles to find work.
He now lives down by the port, in what the French call a camping-car.
He spends even more time in bars, listening and spreading gossip.
He has talked about the wrong people.
They run le marché noir here.
I will have a word with him tonight, as he stumbles along the quayside.
Goodbye, old friend.