Inertive – 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 Dale Rogerson.

© Dale Rogerson

Click here to hear the author read his words:


The woman’s voice dominates the busy restaurant.
Perhaps she thinks that, because this is France, no one understands English.
Or maybe she’s just loud.
Her companion, however, is silent, staring downwards.
Do you think, I ask my friend, that he is listening, or is he totally inertive?
She laughs.
Is that even a word?
I shrug, unperturbed.
I am a writer, I create new words when I need to.
Or, sometimes, just on a whim.
Have a look, I say, grinning, give me a better word.
She turns her head, watches them briefly.
Then, with a smile, she speaks.

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67 Responses to Inertive – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Nan Falkner says:

    New words leave me speechless! Nice story – People are odd! Enjoyed your story muchly!


  2. doodletllc says:

    Excellent. My favorite of all….


  3. Sounds like she needs someone listening… maybe he’s just deaf.


  4. Yep, that’s the word for it, he sounds like he’s been through the mill for far too long and ended up in this state


  5. Made up words are the best! I enjoyed both in your story.


  6. I think every writer has created a word or two. An excellent story.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Always love learning new words, especially if they’re really brand-new!


  8. wmqcolby says:

    Hahaha! Nothing like being a wordsmith when the occasion calls for it. I’m not good at making up words, though, unless it’s some kind of a sci-fi story. Vomitocious would be better.


  9. michael says:

    I guess that the silent treatment was all he had left.


  10. mjlstories says:

    They were all made-up words once…Think we sat near that couple last holiday.


    • ceayr says:

      I find that I have to restrain myself from ambling over and saying ‘Could you kindly reduce your output by about 3,000 decibels?’


  11. Liz Young says:

    That’s a good word for a situation I’ve been in several times.Comatic is shorter 🙂


  12. draliman says:

    I’ve been comatocious several times in similar situations 🙂


  13. Russell says:

    Comatocious is a word I could get to liking. I could even put it into practice at work from time to time!


  14. 4963andypop says:

    Love this wordplay. Just had the pleasure of looking up a word the other day for its origins: steep as in, steeping a cup of tea. Turn out its related to stoup, a wordfor the basin you dip your fingers in to cross yourself when you enter a Catholic church.


  15. Loved it. Even I could underconstumple it. 😉


  16. trishsplace says:

    I’d be your man looking downwards and cringing inside, quietly. I LOVE comatocious!


  17. Ah, Comatocious! I love this word! I can think of quite a few times when it would be perfectly perfective! 😉


  18. plaridel says:

    Comatocious? that should work. but he better not hear it unless her date can handle his violent outburst. 🙂


  19. granonine says:

    English is an ever-expanding language. Just consider all the terms we never heard of before COVID 19! And I like both the newly-coined words in your story.


  20. Good new words, we should compile a dictionary for FF’s to dive into when the need arises!


  21. Dale says:

    Now THAT was fun! Who’d a thunk? And may I say thank you for NOT talking about you know what?


  22. He he – love these new words! Nicely imaginative.


  23. Anita says:

    The wordsmith 🙂
    Great to have the power to create new interesting words! And educate all 🙂
    Take care.


  24. Iain Kelly says:

    I like inertive. I also like that peculiar British (English?) habit of talking loudly to foreigners in English in order to make them understand. Very entertaining.


  25. Dear CE,

    Comatocious. I like it. Sound precocious. Like supercalif…oh never mind.




  26. I suspect she’s being insulting, lol. Fascinabulously done.


  27. neilmacdon says:

    I love making up new words so I completely identify with this. The novel I’m working on now is called Boundarising


  28. Sandra says:

    Inventing new words is all part and parcel of getting older. Sometimes the word I want is just a hairs breadth away, I know what it begins with, I know how many syllables… but the one that comes out is so much more … fabricational. No wait…

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Tannille says:

    There seems to be one of these types in every social setting!
    Keep making those words up 😀


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