Tony, again – 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 Jean L. Hays.

© Jean L. Hays

Click here to hear the author read his words:



Tony, again

I meet Portuguese Tony.
First time since confinement.
He is, as they say, tired and emotional, so rambling more than usual.
Which is a lot.
I ask about Rafa,
a mutual friend, ex-propriétaire of the little café in the square.
Tony excitedly slurs through an incomprehensible tale of guns and gangsters.
His French is excruciating.
Then his fingers make the shape of a gun.
Who? I ask.
I shake my head, Rafa is a sweet guy, totally non-violent.
Then Tony, to my astonishment, utters the first English words I’ve ever heard from him.
He’s pushing up da fishes.

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52 Responses to Tony, again – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Hmmm…pushing up fishes…I’ve heard swimming with the fishes and pushing up daisies, but neer the two mixed.


  2. Mike says:

    I did feel for the fish, 🙂


  3. subroto says:

    Nice one, Tony is back amusing us all.


  4. granonine says:

    I probably shouldn’t be laughing at poor Rafa, but that last line was hilarious 🙂


  5. Bill says:

    Wonderfully told. Some messages are easily received in any language. Tony made it clear.


  6. draliman says:

    “He’s pushing up da fishes” – well, he tried!


  7. doodletllc says:

    I don’t know about Tony from France…seems I hear a hint of a Brooklyn accent in those lines…he is quite the character! A fun read.


  8. Sounds like a good gangster movie. Hoping for a sequel.


  9. James McEwan says:

    I wonder if you are mixing with the wrong crowd these days?


  10. Tannille says:

    Yay the #savetony worked! I imagine his English gets lost in translation.


  11. plaridel says:

    it looks like had a lot to drink already. 🙂


  12. I love this story. Tony is very well characterized.


  13. Poor Tony. Well, them fishes may not like being pushed, I say … 😉


  14. Sandra says:

    Good to see him out and about again. Looks like he’s been practising his language skills during the lockdown. And a few other of his attributes.


  15. Gabriella says:

    I love the portrayal of the different characters and the backdrop of your story. Do you live in France?


  16. Liz Young says:

    Good for Tony – at least he tries to talk idiomatically!


  17. Easy mistaka to maka, peixes e margaridas are easily confused!


  18. elmowrites says:

    haha! I love the last line, Tony’s language skills are top notch, maybe he should practice those a little more than his aim!


  19. Iain Kelly says:

    Everyone’s favourite gangster, glad to see Tony is flourishing, even in lockdown, and has managed to use the time to learn a new language!


  20. What a great read! These are such vivid characters, CE.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  21. Dear CE,

    Now I’ll have that line running through my head, “Lou Cabrini sleeps wit da fishses.” LOL. Glad Tony’s working on his English. You made me laugh.




  22. It’s unjust that with Covid in the air, peeps should die of gun shots 😉 🙂 Lovely little piece that make me smile. 😀


  23. Been watching too many gangster movies I think!! Good to see P Tony once more


  24. neilmacdon says:

    And a delightfully poetic first stab at English it is


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