Friday Fictioneers – New Boots

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT submitted by Courtney Wright. © Photographer prefers to remain anonymous

New Boots

I gazed over the meadow, brilliant in the early sun, glittering with a million diamond drops of dew. I looked at Robert’s worn-out boots.

“Old man, you are not going out to tend the sheep in those!”

“Oh, you worrypot. Wet feet won’t hurt me. Besides, what do I wear instead? My church shoes?”

I tutted.

“I’m taking you into town to buy new boots. Today!”

“You know I hate the town. I’ll fix these.” He shuffled into the back room.

“There we are. Fixed.” Soles and uppers were now held together with duct tape.

Looks like ‘on-line’ shopping again.

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37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – New Boots

    • Dear anie
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Shoes that need taping together are generally worn in other ways that make them less weatherproof, which is important for this man who is a sheep farmer. He’s out all day (and sometimes all night) in all weathers and he can’t afford to be ill. I think he needs the best boots he can afford; they’re a tool of the trade, after all!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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      • Oh yes, of course, I did not think of that! I was still very much in the other story of Granonine. In that case, good footwear is certainly very important. If it’s just about the fashon, I think it’s alright to be “painless” sometimes … it bothered me all my life, if anyone tells me, you can not run around like that …;)

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    • Dear Neil
      I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if they both had ulterior motives!
      Thank you for reading and commenting on my second ‘bite of the cherry’.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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  1. Trouble is, I get the lure of online shopping – pushing your way through crowded shops, being barged about by rude people, served by rude shop assistants … And I’m in retail! Love the interplay between these two, the very believable bickering – just very natural

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    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you very much for reading and commenting on my second FF story this week – and so early in the morning, too! I’m glad you enjoyed the interplay between the two characters. They’re drawn more directly from life than I usually put into my stories, and I guess that comes across.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  2. Lovely real people here, Penny – I was thinking “please just go on line for his boots” very early on. I like a bit of city and a bit of country but I totally get that crowds are really distressing for some people.

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    • Dear Jilly
      Thank you for reading and for your perceptive comment. The characters are pretty much drawn from life. They wouldn’t have used exactly these words, but the vibe is right. They’re a lovely couple who I’ve known for forty years.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Bjorn
      Thank you for reading and commenting. No, I wouldn’t buy shoes on line either, but in my case it would be because I like shoe shops! Sorry to have been very slow in responding to your comment.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Gabi
      Thank you for reading and commenting. It’s great to have your feedback whenever you contribute it! The character is drawn from life, and the man is even nicer and wittier in real life so I’m sure you’d like him a great deal.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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