Portuguese Tony – Friday Fictioneers

© Jeff Arnold

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 Jeff Arnold.
Click here to hear the author read his words:

Portuguese Tony

I’m sorry, old friend, but this is it.
You are becoming more aggravating with each story.
I ignored your dealings with the gangsters.
I turned a blind eye to your philandering with my lady love.
Teaching her to dance, indeed!
But then, after our last encounter, I ended up in hospital.
I’m the writer, I created you, I can eliminate you whenever I choose.
No, don’t argue, it’s over.
Oh, I don’t know, maybe a heart attack?
Watch where you’re going, Tony!
Oh dear.
Looks like the bus to St Tropez is going to be late today.
Just like Tony.

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71 Responses to Portuguese Tony – Friday Fictioneers

  1. subroto says:

    Tony is pretending to be dead. Should a get Tony for his performance 🙂

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  2. Love the premise of the author haggling with one of his characters. A glimpse of a slightly surreal world we never see as innocent readers when we choose a book to read.

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    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, dear lady, but don’t you think that writing is often slightly surreal?
      We create characters and then watch them wander off by themselves, doing their own thing, developing a whole new, and very different, personality than that which we intended.
      Did I say that aloud?

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  3. I have a feeling Portuguese Tony will somehow make it through and reappear when you least expect him. Sorry, it’s inevitable. =)

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  4. susanmehr says:

    That’s half the fun is making your character real. Save Tony and one day he’ll save you. 🙂

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  5. Russell says:

    Begs the question if you can create a too real character?!

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  6. James McEwan says:

    Love it when a character becomes real.

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  7. Is that like Tony as in Tony from The Sopranos?
    Tony got a lot of power.
    But then again, our characters do wield a lot of power – time and concentration – in our minds.
    But killing them off, could be a bit suicidal too. Have to be careful there, you know.

    Good luck,
    Randy

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    • ceayr says:

      No, it is Tony as in Portuguese Tony, aka Tony Casquette, who has featured several times in my tales.
      And, judging from earlier comments, he has his own sodding fan club!

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  8. Great little argument in your head, poor old Tony, he doesn’t stand a chance, however tough he thinks he is.

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  9. Mike says:

    Lovely, the writing that is.

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Tony is a great character. Of course, his demise doesn’t stop you from telling stories about his earlier life…

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  11. mjlstories says:

    Great fun! But why don’t you sell him on, maybe to a writer of romantic fiction? That’d create a fine mess!

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  12. plaridel says:

    sounds like a character worth keeping for awhile to keep the juice going. 🙂

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  13. draliman says:

    Loved the play on “late” 🙂 But I’m gonna miss Tony…

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  14. I think the loss of Tony will be too much to bear. Perhaps he was just injured, or maybe zombie Portuguese Tony will be a whole new chapter!

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  15. I’m starting a petition to keep Tony.
    Sign here ……

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  16. Sandra says:

    You created him, you’re going to find it hard to get rid of him. This isn’t the end… more like a pause, I feel.

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  17. This is not the end of Tony… he can still talk as a quadriplegic,

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  18. granonine says:

    Poor old Tony. But he’s not dead. He messed up the bus something awful, but he came away in one piece. Sort of.

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  19. Nobbinmaug says:

    I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of Portuguese Tony. He has more lives than Dr. Who.

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  20. 4963andypop says:

    Apparently discussing your own demise can be distracting. You make it funny, and funny is what we can all use right now.

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  21. Iain Kelly says:

    I felt sure he was going to be coughed on and catch the virus. He will return to haunt you, I have no doubt.

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  22. Oh no! You’ve killed him off? No more Portuguese Tony stories? Really? 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  23. That’s the blessing of creativity. You can eliminate the unwanted!😊

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  24. Lynn Love says:

    Well, we can’t say he didn’t have it coming. Though I also can’t imagine he won’t be back. You can’t keep a bad man down! Hope you’re keeping well, C

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  25. trentpmcd says:

    I don’t know. I think Tony is a big enough character that it’s take more than a bus to make him “the late Portuguese Tony”…

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  26. Anita says:

    Writers are really powerful.
    But, when characters steal ladylove, there has to be encounter 🙂
    Stay home!

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  27. Dear CE,

    Have you seen the move “Stranger than Fiction”? I’d say the author has created a monster…he can stab it with his steely knife but he just can’t kill the beast. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  28. Tannille says:

    Tony owns you – silly writer 😀

    #savetony

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  29. An erased writer. Nice one. From Tony 🙂

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  30. neilmacdon says:

    Save Tony. Save Tony. Save Tony

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