New Boyfriend – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about bringing home an unconventional boyfriend, begins after the photo.

Genre: General Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Marie Gail Stratford

New Boyfriend

The dinner had gone better than Gina Cheng ever hoped. Her father, Hong-Li, said little to her boyfriend, but then he rarely spoke anyway. Her mother, Qing, always the supportive one, waved goodbye to Hank as he drove away on his Harley-Davidson. Slowly, as if dreading what must come next, she closed the door.

That left Gina anxiously searching her father’s face. “So…Dad. Nice, huh?”

Hong-Li just stared at the door.

“Daddy?” Gina’s lip quivered. “Was it his tattoos? The piercings?”

Qing whispered, “Hong-Li, please…”

Hong-Li’s right eyelid quivered.

Gina braced herself.

“Well,” grunted Hong-Li. “At least he can use chopsticks!”
Each week the Friday Fictioneers all join together for Dim-Sum (eaten with chopsticks) and Oolong Tea and discuss how flash fiction could eventually save the world. Okay, that’s not really true; we don’t always have Dim-Sum, but still, each week a bevy of wonderful stories emerge from a photo prompt. Look here for more terrific stories based on the photo above:


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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30 Responses to New Boyfriend – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Y. Zheng says:

    Nice one. That last sentence really got the laugh.


  2. pattisj says:

    Isn’t that what everyone looks for in a son-in-law? Nice one.


  3. “Family acceptance often starts with one small attribute.”
    I read that on a fortune chopstick paper wrapper.
    nice tale.. randy


  4. First things first! Enjoyed this and I’d love some dim sum and oolong tea!



  5. Indira says:

    Very amusing. So, those who can’t eat with chopsticks are?


  6. camgal says:

    Haha chopsticks for the win…I doubt my parents would accept my boyfriend if he had tattoos and piercings even if he spoke our language better than me lol. I love fiction, nice story πŸ™‚


  7. Lyn says:

    Wondered what you’d come up with for this one πŸ™‚ Love that last line, really made me laugh.
    I like the idea of Daddy’s eyelid quivering. You can almost see him having a kaniptic.


  8. kismet says:



  9. EagleAye, Your use of the tension to build up to that last line was great. That was both humorous and well written. πŸ™‚ —Susan


  10. Dear Eric,

    One word for your story. Delightful.

    Nuff said.




  11. All dad’s have a certain criteria new suitors must pass. Ya ever know what it might be.


  12. Ellespeth says:

    Hahaha! Eric…this is something i can clearly picture….


  13. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! Nice ending, at least he passed the chopsticks test.


  14. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Eric, WOW! Great story with a punch of an ending! This was really great and I loved the quivering eyelids too and the waiting to see what Dad was going to say. Well – you did a great job on this story! Brilliant! Nan πŸ™‚


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Nan! It was all buildup until the end, and I’m glad it had the effect I was looking for. Thanks so much for the glowing comments. I really appreciate that. πŸ™‚


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