The Hustle – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: Ted Strutz

The Hustle

As they all held hands around the table, a candle burned with unearthly flame. An impossible breeze swept past. The vague form of an old man hovered above the table. “For your lies and deceit,” croaked the visage’s voice. “You shall be damned!”

The wealthy members of the Morrissey family promised huge payments to Rick and Edie if only they’d fix relations with Grandfather.

When they were gone. Rick and Edie high-fived. Chalk up another successful hustle.

Rick crawled beneath the table to unplug the hologram machine.

The blood suddenly drained from his face.

It couldn’t be!

The machine wasn’t plugged in.
Each week, the Friday Fictioneers join in seance to summon the spirits of writers past…perhaps we’ll have better luck with a Ouija board. We’re still able to compose flash fiction from an image prompt. Interesting pic, Ted! Join us! Look here for more stories based upon this week’s photo:

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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20 Responses to The Hustle – Friday Fictioneers

  1. List of X says:

    “After Rick and Edie ran away screaming, Morrissey family members high-fived too, as they turned off the hologram machine that produced the hologram of an unplugged hologram machine.”


  2. BrainRants says:

    The Morrissey’s won’t be the only ones paying some appeasement cash now, eh?

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  3. Holy cow…at this point, I would meet the floor with fright!


  4. Great twist. 🙂 Serves them right for messing with things they don’t understand. I like your moment of dawning realization.


  5. tedstrutz says:

    Another good one, Eric! (of course)

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  6. Indira says:

    Loved the twist. Nice one.


  7. sonya says:

    Great twist! Serves them right. Funny but a bit scary, too.

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  8. Margaret says:

    Grandfather has the last laugh. Funny story.

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  9. Dear Eric,

    Well that was certainly a shock for them. Way to go, Grandpa. Things aren’t looking up for the guys. Well done.



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    • EagleAye says:

      It certainly isn’t. They’re used to running from the police, but I’m not so sure they can run from a ghost as easily. The future for them could be rocky. Thanks so much, Rochelle! 🙂


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