Uneducated – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: Lauren Moscato

Uneducated

“You can’t kick me out!” said Shayla.

Dexter adjusted his $2000 suit, glancing at the rotting walls. “I can. Check your lease.”

“That ain’t right!”

“Too uneducated to read? It’s not my problem,” sniffed Dextor. “Where’s the door?”

After years fighting to improve herself in Nursing School, Shayla had had enough. “You don’t know your own slums? Right there,” she pointed.

Dexter fell twenty feet after walking through a door the city should’ve condemned. She drove the unconscious landlord (slumlord) to 32nd and Kennedy, the city’s most dangerous corner.

“It’s not safe here!” protested Dexter.

Shayla smirked. “Too uneducated about the streets? It’s not my problem.”
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Each week, the Friday Fictioneers join to compose flash fiction from photos. Join us! Look here for more stories imagined from Lauren Moscato’s picture above: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/3-april-2015/

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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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37 Responses to Uneducated – Friday Fictioneers

  1. ansumani says:

    He deserves it…Nice one!

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  2. This is great. Living in New York, I totally get it. All landlords need to be knocked unconscious at least once in their lives πŸ™‚

    Dexter fell twenty feet after walking through a door the city should’ve condemned. She drove the unconscious landlord (slumlord) to 32nd and Kennedy, the city’s most dangerous corner.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yeah. If they’re putting people in sub-standard housing and treating them like trash, they deserve something nasty. Dexter might…might, survive the night. Oh well! Thanks much, Susannah! πŸ™‚

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  3. Great story! Schadenfreude… Here in NZ the slumlords of Dunedin have a repute for this sort of thing – student (‘scarfie’) accommodation that’s damp, leaking, rotting, etc etc. Every so often the students drag couches out on the street and light them. A few years ago I had a look through the district, including a place I stayed at briefly in the mid-1980s. Weirdly, I found a museum exhibition celebrating 1980s ‘scarfie accommodation’, complete with a reconstruction of a typical student bedroom, which was pretty accurate apart from the lack of smell.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. Slumlords exist everywhere, and they often prey upon the impoverished and students. The “starving students” that I lived around in the university town where I grew up. College is terribly expensive and a lot of the college kids did everything they could just to stay fed. Guys like Dexter never made it any easier. That museum would be an interesting post. Do you have pics?

      Thanks so much, Matthew! πŸ™‚

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  4. Nicely done Eric.. πŸ™‚

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  5. Dexter got what was coming to him. I enjoyed this story!

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  6. Francesca Smith says:

    Dexter is not going to be a happy bunny.
    Once again, I enjoyed one of your stories!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh no he isn’t. His cushy days of ease and comfort will take a turn for the worst. If he’s smart, he’ll survive the night. Otherwise…well, one less slumlord won’t harm the world too much.

      Thanks much, Francesca! πŸ™‚

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  7. Indira says:

    So true ‘ one less slumlord…’ Very nice. Your stories are always enjoyable.

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  8. Dale says:

    Perfection! One must never judge a book by its cover… or assume!

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  9. phylor says:

    Glad Dexter got what was coming to him! Yeah Shayla!
    I lived in one of four row houses built in the late 1790s, that became very run-down. Landlord (lawyer) wouldn’t fix anything. I left just as the leases weren’t renewed. The area was becoming trendy and re-gentrified. “Our” houses (2 of the 4 houses were co-ops) were bought by developers and turned into 4 fancy houses with pricey apartments and condos. Now “safe” and free of riff raff, the rich felt smug and cozy. Going back to take a look was like visiting another planet.
    Would’ve loved to rent a bus and take the developers and the rich tenants/condo owners to see the disposed.
    Great story!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Seems like many folks have a story like this, or are at least familiar with slumlords. Your story is really interesting. I see old neighborhoods becoming “gentrified” all the time. Glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you much! πŸ™‚

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  10. What a story in so few words.

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  11. Lyn says:

    Dexter the dweeb. Ha! Couldn’t have happen to a nicer guy. I love it when you set the nasty ones up for a fall, Eric πŸ˜€

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  12. Dear Eric,

    A great story of what goes around comes around. Perhaps Dexter will live long enough to get his foot out of his mouth. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  13. What comes in one way, goes out the other.
    Good piece.

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  14. Justice! Good ending. Great characters.

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  15. Eric, this one is really excellent! The dialogue and story telling his quick and realistic, powerful. I think you could have left out landlord, and simply said slumlord. Helps keep the tension steady… Really excellent!

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  16. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. A lovely tale of taking out the trash. Very cool.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s the way I see it. I’m glad Shayla had the courage to remove the trash. Maybe it was wasn’t courage. Maybe it wasn’t enough sleep after working three thankless jobs and taking night school on top of it. Shayla had had enough. Thanks much, Doug! πŸ™‚

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  17. I hope his other tenants don’t find him on that corner. I wouldn’t give much for his chances of surviving. Slum lords are the worst. Well done, Eric. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • EagleAye says:

      They really are. If his tenants find them, he really is in a lot of trouble. Thing is, they’ll have to wait in line to get their hands on him. πŸ˜‰ Thanks kindly, Suzanne!

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  18. jannatwrites says:

    Nice twist… looks like they both got some education (except he probably won’t be around to tell anyone about it πŸ™‚ )

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  19. EagleAye says:

    Yup. Perhaps he’ll have time to practice the lessons in his next life? Thanks much, Janna! πŸ™‚

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