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 Dale Rogerson.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
I am a ventriloquist with a unique act.
My dummy is a man.
I am a handsome German Shepherd.
I do not shove my paw anywhere inappropriate.
I work him with the strength of my personality.
He does nothing other than to speak on command.
And he turns his head abruptly, to and fro, for comic effect.
I/he/we tell a few jokes.
We take questions and reply with humour, sometimes biting, almost contemptuous.
Audiences love this.
For the grand finale he sings an old Rolling Stones number.
Walking the Dog.
It brings the house down.
And my lips never move.
The brains, the looks and the talent.
I just speak the words.