The Duel – Friday Fictioneers 17May2013

Once a week, the lovely and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields presents a photo for the Friday Fictioneers. From there, the challenge is to write no more than 100 words of prose or poetry based upon the photo. The word limit is not super strict, but we all do the best we can. Anyone is invited to join in and participate. This week’s challenge may be found here: My entry begins after the image.

Genre: Humor
Word Count: 100

Copyright: Sarah Ann-Hall

Liam hated getting old. He hated Mrs. Pitherly even more. The old…witch, viciously reminded him of his age constantly. This time, Liam was prepared. He’d learned she despised her age spots.

The crone waited at her archaic garden gate as he walked by.

“Mr. Hotspur! Haven’t seen you in ages,” she called.

“Indeed. You’re spot on, Mrs. Pitherly!”

“Taking the old route home?”

“Avoiding the sun. Can’t have too many freckles you know.”

A scowl. “That decrepit Healy of yours still running?”

“Perfectly! Not a blemish on her.”


Victorious, Liam skipped home, feeling younger than he had in years.


Author’s notes:

Just for amusement’s sake: As I wrote this I imagined Angelica Huston as Mrs. Pitherly and Ian Bannen as Liam.

Ian Bannen

Angelica Huston

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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48 Responses to The Duel – Friday Fictioneers 17May2013

  1. Alastair says:

    Oh wonderful 😀 Good on him


  2. Not only children can be childish. 🙂



  3. nightlake says:

    Amusing and interesting. She’d never bother him again:)


  4. Very nice little scene. I could see Angelica Huston playing that.


  5. I’ll bet they hook up. 😉


  6. This sound like the beginning of a beautiful relationship 😉


  7. Catherine Louise Gurganus says:

    Too funny!


  8. julespaige says:

    Reminds me of the one British TV humor show where the Old gal attempts to pronounce her name with an accent to take the commonness off of it. And her poor husband listening to her saying that she isn’t complaining while clearly she is. Verbal fencing is always fun – especially when you are able to be prepared and occasionally win.

    Besides the Vamp story piece, did an unofficial photo prompt piece for Alastair that you might enjoy:


  9. kz says:

    LOL loved this.. your characters were hilarious! ^^ and i found them adorable


  10. elappleby says:

    Very funny – I love the loaded words in this – I get the feeling they enjoy winding each other up every time they meet 🙂


  11. Dear E. A.,
    All I can say is, “Delightful!” Love the word play and the undercurrent of latent friendship.


  12. Lyn says:

    Growing older is mandatory – growing up is optional 🙂
    Quick witted V cheap and nasty 🙂
    Great take on the prompt. Is one of those cement pillars Mrs Pitherly?


  13. That was beautiful. I love the back and forth wordplay. 🙂


  14. Sandra says:

    Rattling someone’s cage helps to pass the time, I guess. 🙂 Nice one.


  15. Funny! And great casting for your characters! 🙂


  16. Sarah Ann says:

    Glad to see he skipped home. This pair are made for each other, surely,


  17. Mystikel says:

    This was really cute. I bet their neighbors were cracking up listening to those two go at it. Also I think he should ask her out or marry her. That way they can enjoy picking on each other all day long.


  18. LucyJartz says:

    I found another writing contest site you may like:
    but they want 1500 words, and your super short 100-150 counts like this one are so fun.


    • EagleAye says:

      Well this looks really interesting. 100-150 word stories are restrictive. They are a lot of fun, but the plots must necessarily be very simple. With a 1500 word limit, I could really stretch my legs. Thanks so much for finding this. I think I can’t post it on my blog until the contest ends because the story must be unpublished. Once done, though I could place it on the blog to share. The current contest must about canines. I think this is a perfect spot to continue the story about the guy stuck in werewolf shape.


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