Real Man – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about a man with more than what meets the eye, begins after the photo.

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Bjorn Rudberg

Real Man

That’s a real man, noted Constable Jenkins, as he watched old man Farley “roughing it” at the cliff edge with nothing more than a blanket and some scones. He figured Farley was homeless, living off squirrels he caught and donations from passers-by. Rough, but Jenkins appreciated Farley’s sacrifice of comfort to keep watch in case the monsters returned from the sea.

Jenkins never saw Farley start a cellphone app. It started the AC in Farley’s house, hidden a few feet below the cliff edge. Farley’s house would be cool and lunch hot when he returned from his vigil atop the cliff.
Each week, the Friday Fictioneers join at the edges of cliffs to compose fascinating flash fiction with very little friction and a lot of fun. Look here for more stories based upon 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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24 Responses to Real Man – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Indeed — for some appearance is all.. looking like you live it rough and being pampered by masseuses after the shift (I just assumed he had employees)..


  2. misskzebra says:

    Things are not always as they seem! An amusing piece. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Dear Eric,

    Sharp cookie that Farley. Clever story.




  4. Very clever – not sure where the monsters from the sea came in though!


  5. Archon's Den says:

    I believe this happens more often than we know. Thanx for uncovering the charade. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. Loved it, very clever story. It’s never wise to assume things.


  7. Lyn says:

    Clever old Farley! I wouldn’t mind betting he also has motion sensor’s aimed at the water’s surface and auto-lasers in place. Hope he has some jam and cream to go with those scones ๐Ÿ˜€


    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! How did you know about the lasers? Farley has many comforts. He probably does have jam. Sorry for the late reply. I’m traveling in the Philippines. WiFi is spotty here and I’m busy taking lots of pics. I’ll have lots when I return.


      • Lyn says:

        I’m travelling too at the moment. I’m in Western Australia(Kalgoorlie to be precise), which is about as far from my place on the Eastern side of Australia as you can get. I’m working on my MS with another writing friend who is working on her 6th book. I’ve not had much time to do much reading except for a couple of blogs I refuse to neglect ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. Excellent story! Farley was a Q-ship! ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Lovely story. Poor Farley, living off squirrels. Glad he has a good friend in the constable.


  10. Eric, Humorous story and well written. This reminds me of the beggers in India who beg during the day and then, along with begger friends, hire a rickshaw to take them home. Well done. ๐Ÿ™‚ —Susan


  11. Wired-up fella. He probably has an app for preparing and cooking his squirrel a la creme with green beans on the side. Clever story.


  12. Ha…who knew…there’s an app for that!


  13. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Eric, Clever story and very imaginative! I like Farley – he has an app for everything – how clever! Thanks, Nan ๐Ÿ™‚


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