Friday Fictioneers – Winding Up

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!

PHOTO PROMPT (C) Claire Fuller

Winding Up

‘I want to know if we’re bloody solvent!’ yelled Pauline. ‘Can we still feed the kids?’

‘Course we can, you stupid cow.’ Dick stamped out of the house. Michael, his oldest son, heard him and shivered.

‘Morning, Mr Ransom,’ chorused his three employees when he arrived at the repair shop he owned.

He grunted.

‘Tom, I’ve got to go out. Hold the fort, will you?’

He took a packet from the safe in his office, and slipped it into his briefcase; fifty thousand pounds and a plane ticket to Spain.

Dick Ransom whistled cheerfully all the way to the airport.

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49 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Winding Up

  1. He won’t be the first, and he won’t be the last. Schmuck isn’t a word we use in Australia, but I can think of plenty that would fit, and I’ll leave those up to your imagination.
    Best wishes,

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  2. Dear Penny,

    Yep, schmuck fits Dick to a T. Not sure about over there, but here in the states Dick can be synonymous with schmuck, so he’s aptly named. Hope Karma comes up to bite him in the arse soon. Good write. 😉



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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, ‘dick’ has the same overtones in the UK; the choice of names was intentional. I don’t think karma will need to intervene. Dick is a stupid man, and his stupidity will be enough to bring down retribution on his head – or bite him in the arse!


    • Dear James
      Thank you for your careful reading and detailed comment. You are spot-on; £50,000 will soon be gone, and he won’t get much for it. Dick, I’m afraid, is one of those people who make a mess of almost anything they do – and then run away, leaving others to clear up after them.

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    • Yay! Well spotted, Gabi! In Michael’s reaction I was indeed indicating that Dick was abusive. The pile of tyres made me think about all the other mess that Dick might have left in his wake, and that included the emotional damage of abuse as well as the sudden loss of income from his departure.
      Thank you for reading with such insight.


    • Thank you for commenting, Ali. I love the pun “retired”.
      I’m afraid Dick went to Spain on his own and took the money with him. Whether the family was solvent before he left is a moot point; a lot of the £50k was borrowed.

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