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