Stiff Upper Lip – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Stiff Upper Lip

The Antarctic scientific team was in deep trouble. Roger hid his worry. Sitting at the base in New Zealand, he spoke into the vid phone. “How are you lads getting on?”

Milton Hanson wore his cold weather gear even inside the Antarctic habitat. “Another heater failed, but we’re making do.”

“Sorry to say this: that bloody arctic storm is blocking our food resupply attempts.”

“No bangers and mash, then?” He grinned.

Roger grinned back. Brave lad. “I saw you hopping. Leg alright?”

“Not really. Had to lose it.”

Roger cringed. “Was it awful?”

“Not really. A little mushroom gravy, and it tasted quite good.”
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Okay, so I went with dark humor this week. Each week, the Friday Fictioneers join for fun, frolic, freezing temperatures, and flash fiction. No really, but we do write the flash fiction part based upon a photo prompt. This week, Douglas MacIlory donated a great one. Look here for more pics based upon the photo above: http://new.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=517538

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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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69 Responses to Stiff Upper Lip – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Austin says:

    Made me happy that winter was finally over. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  2. storydivamg says:

    Oh boy! It seems this photo is bringing out the cannibal in many Fictioneers. At least this young man managed to stay alive (thus far). Good writing, even if it is a bit dark for my tastes.

    All my best,
    MG

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    • EagleAye says:

      I think it’s the “Donner Party Effect.” People see a driving snowstorm and the Donner Party immediately comes to mind. Glad you enjoyed this, despite the topic. Thank you kindly! πŸ™‚

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  3. Danny James says:

    Ewe! And I just got back from the UK where I had bangers and mash. Now I’ll have to think of your darn story every time I have them again. Thanks for that my friend!

    DJ

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  4. Eat it all in one sitting or hold some back for another day?

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  5. Jan Brown says:

    That’s one way of dealing with a food shortage😊 Good story!

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  6. micklively says:

    Couldn’t they catch any penguin? πŸ˜‰
    Good piece.

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  7. gahlearner says:

    Is there such a word as Ewe-LOL? Is it cannibalism if you only eat parts and the victim gets a slice, too? I love it.

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  8. Francesca Smith says:

    Auto cannibalism is not the nicest subject in the world. I enjoyed the dark humour, and I hope help comes soon.

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  9. Lyn says:

    So, no fish fingers then? πŸ˜€

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  10. Dear Eric,

    Guess who’s coming to dinner? Oh we’re having friends for dinner. Roast leg of Milton. Ugh. Dark humor indeed.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ah-haha! Yeah, “We’re having ‘friends’ for dinner.”

      “Milton Party? For 3 and 3/4?”

      Occasionally, I have to go to that dark place and pick up dark squishy things and laugh at them. The sun will shine tomorrow. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Rochelle!

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  11. Shey says:

    Yikes! Very hard times indeed.

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  12. ansumani says:

    Now that’s a man with a great attitude..his cup is always half full of gravy πŸ™‚ LOL . Good humorous story.

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  13. babso2you says:

    I wonder if the leg of Milton was seasoned with a little bit of garlic and thyme?

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  14. Yikes! I don’t know whether to laugh or cringe! Good one.

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  15. BrainRants says:

    This reminded me of a short story about an island castaway. Nice job.

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  16. Dave says:

    Nom nom nom. Legs are impractical, though, too heavy and awkward. Forearm please. Garçon.

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  17. Lovely lovely lovely. That is funny. I enjoyed the matter-of-factness of it all; so normal to serve up your leg (not sure about mushroom gravy here – I would have thought onion sauce with maybe a splash of cream and maybe some molten snow on the side).

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Glad you enjoyed that. Perhaps mint sauce would’ve been better, like something you’d serve with leg of lamb. Maybe a salad on the side. πŸ˜‰ Thanks much Patrick! πŸ™‚

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  18. Oh dear! They say when you start having to eat yourself you don’t have much time left. Even though this was dark, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  19. Ick! Double ick, since I’m vegan! πŸ˜‰

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  20. Excellent story with a rather unexpected twist! (I had to say that…Also, “ewwwwwwww!”). The NZ presence down there, Scott Base, has been constantly operating since 1957, run from Christchurch. A scientist friend of mine spent some time on the ice a while back – a pretty awesome experience. Fortunately they didn’t run out of food…

    Here’s the webcam – http://antarcticanz.govt.nz/scott-base/current-conditions

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    • EagleAye says:

      I thought you might enjoy this one. I didn’t know for sure how much NZ would have to do with Antarctic operations. I just guessed. Seems logical to me given the proximity. I’ll bet exploring there would be awesome, but scary too. Cool webcams. I enjoyed that.

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      • It’s a great story! We have a pretty major scientific operation down there. A large part of the southern ocean, down to Antarctica, is also protected water and under our administration: our navy is required to patrol it by international arrangement, mostly against poaching. There was a standoff a few weeks back in which one of our big ocean patrol vessels tried to stop a foreign fishing boat. The fishermen refused to play by the rules, leading to an outcry in the NZ media to the effect that the RNZN commander should have opened fire. Actually, he did the right thing – both in terms of his rules of engagement and of international law – by not doing so! What worries me is that there is a very high chance of oil reserves existing inside our protectorate, in the Ross Sea. Technically, they’d belong to New Zealand, but the key word is ‘technically’…

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      • EagleAye says:

        Yeah, it sets a bad precedence when warships start firing on fishing boats. If he had, there might’ve been outcry in the media that he fired! If there’s oil reserves in that area, what do you wanna bet that was no fishing boat? You’d better be careful. China may claim that those are Chinese waters along with the entirety of the South China Sea. They’ll say, “Hey! We drew it on a map first, and we’ve been fishing there for like, ‘forever!'”

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  21. Margaret says:

    I love how you led us along, unsuspecting, and then hit us with the sticky end. Gruesome but clever.

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  22. Wry bitter funny (though not fun) story.

    Having a little thigh on your wry, I see.

    Randy

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  23. Dark humor is right! The “stiff upper lip” might be next on the menu! : )

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  24. Oh, this made me laugh. Is that a bad thing?

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  25. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Eric, I think this is a good time to start a diet – Not going to eat anything that walks on two legs. Yikes! Good story, Nan

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  26. Indira says:

    A bit too dark for my digestion but your style i good as usual. Good word ‘ autocannibalism’.

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