Auchenshuggle – Six Sentence Story

artwork by phil burns

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – SERVICE

Click here to hear the author read his words:


Hey, guess what, I’ve just got a great new super power!
I was minding my own business, looking at Google Maps on the computer, when lightning hit the house and there was a power surge that caused a wee explosion, wrapped a zillion pixels around my face, and nearly blew my ears off.
‘Golly gosh’, I said (well, actually I paraphrase fairly significantly here), ‘this is worse than a night out in jolly old Auchenshuggle’, and – babloof! – there I was on the south side of London Road in Glasgow’s less-than-salubrious east end.
I admit that surprised me, so I conducted a few tentative experiments – a short trip to Inverness, a longer trip to Nice, then a week in Kos with my lady friend – and I confirmed I only had to say a place name in a certain way to be there, along with whoever I was touching at the time.
So I’m starting to ponder the possibilities, thinking that now I’m a superhero like Superman himself, Batman, Desperate Dan and guys like that, I could perform all sorts of noble deeds in the service of mankind.
Then I think ‘Nah, that’s not really my scene, I’ll just make a few bucks running a cheap tour racket’.

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29 Responses to Auchenshuggle – Six Sentence Story

  1. Brilliant and fun Six. I like how you included Desperate Dan among the list of superheroes. I still chuckle at his enormous cow pies with the horns sticking out, and an ox tail.

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  2. Golly gosh (also paraphrased) this was a fun surprise.

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  3. Chris Hall says:

    Still sniggering! Great six 🙂


  4. What a delightful Six! To both read and listen.
    Loved the opening scene. Definitely left us wondering what was coming next.
    Though it sounded a tad painful to acquire, that is one superpower I wouldn’t mind having, lol


  5. clark says:

    nice work with the Six, yo
    that whole street view feature is very cool (even the more mundane-stay-in-your-chair variety…)
    welcome to Sixville


  6. Heeheehee! Fun story, a cheap tour racket might get old after a while, though.


  7. Great original idea. Just avoid saying that word that rhymes with bell and is the hottest of all places. 🙂


  8. My ears hurt from grinning. Great Six!


  9. UP says:

    well done!


  10. Just think of the dosh you’d have made from NASA if you’d organised their trip to Mars!

    My six!


  11. Liz H says:

    Keepin’ it simple…too many heroes in the world, and not enough just-nice, fun folks.
    Makes sense to me.


  12. Frank Hubeny says:

    I liked hearing the sound of your voice reading this. And the surprise ending made me wonder if the cheap tour racket could be viewed as a kind of service to mankind.


  13. Lindsey Stewart says:

    What a lovely fun story. It certainly raised a smile.


  14. jenne49 says:

    What a brilliant story!
    And in 6 superb sentences.


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