The Bench – 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 Roger Bultot.

© Roger Bultot

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Bench

I know I’m being watched.
I sit gazing across the fairground, wondering how close they are.
And if I have any chance of escape.
People stroll by, some pause to take in the view.
A cigarette packet is tossed, too casually, and falls to the ground.
I scowl at his back, he is oblivious to my annoyance.
I stand to leave, stoop, and, with obvious irritation, push the discarded packet into the bin.
I now have in my palm the last piece of the device.
I blow into my cold hands.
It fits perfectly.
And now they are too late.

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36 Responses to The Bench – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Well, there’s a reason they tell you to not litter … 😉

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  2. AshleyDannie says:

    Very intriguing! I want to know more!!!

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  3. James McEwan says:

    There is nothing like a secret device, over the centuries it has been the target of industrial and national espionage. A secret device is a subject of distrust and fear – used by religious fanatics throughout the ages.


  4. oldentimes says:

    Now, what is the device going to do? Come on, don’t leave me hanging like that 😉


  5. In the words of … somebody, I love it when a plan comes together.


  6. granonine says:

    Oh, good one, CE! You’ve given just enough to have us wondering, hoping he escapes and figuring they’ll get him sooner or later.


  7. draliman says:

    I’m not sure whether to root for him or not. Depends on what he intends to do with the “device”, I guess!


  8. Very intriguing! And well-narrated!!!


  9. I believe he was very lucky….or very organized.


  10. trishsplace says:

    A great tale in so few words. There’s a lot of very clever writers in the FF group!


  11. An intriguing story. The question is whether the narrator is more Bond or Bond villain…


  12. His playacting paid off and the handover successful. A very intriguing tale from the beginning!


  13. Iain Kelly says:

    He’ll really regret throwing that cigarette packet away carelessly!


  14. Michael says:

    I am guessing that the bin held the last piece of the jigsaw. Nicely done


  15. neilmacdon says:

    The cigarettle pack was the last piece of the device?


  16. Dear CE,

    It sounds like there’s more to this story than 100 words can cover. I’m intrigued.




  17. Sandra says:

    Intriguing, and nicely crafted. It sounds like his luck has turned.


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