Le marché noir – 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 the picture below, which this week is supplied by the peripatetic pensmith, me.

© C.E. Ayr

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.

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48 Responses to Le marché noir – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I felt a sense of doom about Tony from the first line. Sadly I never made his acquaintance, seems to be a popular guy.

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    • ceayr says:

      He has made a few guest appearances on here to great acclaim.
      I did not intend this, but sometimes, it seems, a character catches the imagination.
      I feel as though I have created a monster, so I am not sure what my next move is.

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  2. siobhan1967 says:

    oh gosh, poor old Tony! Thanks for the photo also.

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  3. James McEwan says:

    Sounds as if Tony is tired of living. Great ending, makes you wonder about the strength of friendship.

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  4. James McEwan says:

    sounds like Tony id tired of life. Great ending.

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  5. Sorry i forgot to credit your photo, good stuff

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  6. Echoing Neil.. The End of Tony?! Good stuff

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  7. I bet he’s wearing cement shoes too. Those things are hard to walk in, and swimming is damn near impossible.

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  8. A very sad tone to this one. I think his boredom led to his demise. Poor Tony.

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  9. If there’s a petition to keep PT I’ll sign it!

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  10. Tasha Louise says:

    Hope they don’t find him swimming with the fishes in the morning!

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  11. Liz Young says:

    Hope he’s a good swimmer.

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  12. draliman says:

    Has Portuguese Tony finally gone too far? He just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Still, he seems to lead a somewhat charmed life, I bet this isn’t the last we see of him!

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  13. pennygadd51 says:

    Foda-se! You can’t kill off poor Tony! I bet he knows when to slip out of the view of those who run le marché noir…

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  14. No, no .. this cannot be an end to poor Tony… he will just wake up with a hangover I hope.

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  15. Dale says:

    How could you! Maybe he’ll miss…

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  16. Nobbinmaug says:

    This brings to mind the last season of The Sopranos… or any season of The Sopranos.

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  17. Dear CE,

    Surely, you’ll not off Portuguese Tony. Ominous story. Stunning photo. (Thank you)

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  18. Iain Kelly says:

    You can’t start the new year by killing off Portuguese Tony?! Is there anything left that can go wrong at the start of 2020, the world has gone to pieces!!

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  19. Corine Gouy says:

    C’est un Au revoir ou un Adieu ?
    Décidément il ne fait pas bon être ton ami !

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  20. Anita says:

    Losing the driving licence is serious. It’s loss of identity. Life too, perhaps.
    Have a great 2020!

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  21. Sandra says:

    Oh please, no! I don’t think I ever came across such an evocative name. No need for descriptions with a name like that. But no need for anything any longer, by the sound of this. Thanks for the moody photo.

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  22. Tannille says:

    Bye bye Tony. Will he be missed?

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  23. neilmacdon says:

    No. Say it’s not so. The end of Portuguese Tony?

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