Friday Fictioneers – Film Noir

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 on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

FF - Film Noir 200902


Film noir

The helicopter’s engine stammered.

“Guys, there’s something wrong. We’re losing power.”

*       *       *

Meanwhile, in the film studio:


“Good morning, MacDonald…”

“Cut! For goodness sake beef up the accent, David. This is Glasgow, not Edinburgh.”

The famous star nodded acquiescence.

*       *       *

“I can’t find anything wrong, but the engine is misfiring.”

*       *       *


David spoke. What he spoke was unintelligible apart from the words MacDonald and Barlinnie.

“Cut! Alright, you’ve had your fun. Let’s shoot some decent footage, shall we?”

*       *       *

“We’re going down!”

With a roar like an avalanche the helicopter smashed through the roof of the film studio.

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51 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Film Noir

  1. Dear Penny,

    As a Yank, having never been to Scotland, I wouldn’t know the difference…that is, unless I was there for any length of time. 😉 Unprecedented and dramatic ending. Hope they weren’t shooting a comedy. Good story.



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    • I don’t think the actor had anything to do with the crash. I meant this to be a story about the shock people feel when a catastrophic disaster smashes into their daily life. Don’t think I succeeded as well as I would have liked!
      Thank you for your comment, Jolly! Much appreciated.


    • Luckily it’s an experience that very few people suffer. In fact it’s not entirely unknown in Glasgow. Some years ago a helicopter crashed through the roof of a crowded pub there, and killed a large number of people.


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