Nowhere Man – 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.

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Nowhere Man

Mrs Cairney, he says, I’m looking for your son.
I scowl at him.
He is a Detective Sergeant, a big man, and mean.
He pushes past me into my home.
Is Rab in, he asks.
I don’t know where he is, I reply, and you’re not welcome here.
That’s not very friendly, is it, he grins, nosing around.
Ah, what’s this?
He points triumphantly at the 1961 Fender Stratocaster, which Rab stole the night he killed the home-owner.
Minutes later I call my son.
Rab, I say, it’s okay to come home.
But bring the van round the back.

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39 Responses to Nowhere Man – Friday Fictioneers

  1. This is a masterful use of subtext. You say so much in so few words. Great job.

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  2. I love your gift for understatement. And thanks for the audios of your stories.

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  3. Great encounter between Mrs C the tiger mama and the Detective Sergeant, Full of animosity, I’d like more of their story.


  4. She seems like a stron lioness protecting her son at all cost.
    Hugely, intriguing, CE. Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe 😷
    Isadora 😎


  5. The Detective was no match for Mrs. Cairney. Foolish of him to come between her and her son. Excellently written as always, CE!


  6. plaridel says:

    poor chap, he didn’t have any idea what was coming to him.


  7. Seems the apple ain’t too far from the tree …


  8. liz young says:

    With such an example, how else could Rab turn out?


  9. Sandra says:

    They’re worthy of each other. And who can come between a mother and son with such a bond between them. I hope there are no staffing difficulties down the local nick.


  10. draliman says:

    Mum’ll always see him safe!


  11. elmowrites says:

    If he’s coming home, she’s obviously willing to wipe out the entire force!


  12. Dora says:

    Nosey parker. Never come between a mother and her son!


  13. Hope she didn’t damage the Fender in the process!


  14. granonine says:

    Murder doesn’t usually make me laugh, but this one did!


  15. Iain Kelly says:

    I can see how Rab started on is life of crime!


  16. Dear CE,

    It seems that Mum is in cahoots with her boy. Nurture or nature?




  17. Tannille says:

    Sounds like a mumma’s boy. Entering Norma and Norman Bates territory.


  18. neilmacdon says:

    Masterly understatement


  19. What an exemplary mother-son pair!!!


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