Friday Fiction – A Pint Of The White Stuff

Finally – it’s Friday (well, it is here anyway). A very tough challenge this week based on a fabulous work of art by Claire Fuller. I chose to get serious and explore the theme of Janus, the two-headed Roman god of transitions – nah, just kidding, I went for something silly as usual. Enjoy!

For those who don’t know, Friday Fictioneers is a challenge to write a 100 word story from a picture prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and anyone can play. Thanks for hosting, Rochelle! Check out the link at the end of my story to see what other fictioneers did with this week’s prompt.

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/copyright-Claire Fuller

copyright-Claire Fuller

A Pint Of The White Stuff

Poor little Solomon Riggs was born with two heads, but his mother loved him just the same.

Mr Riggs was shocked and instantly blamed the radiographer who had failed to spot his son’s additional appendage during his wife’s scans. The radiographer blamed the doctor who was often late to work and always bleary-eyed. The doctor blamed the milkman who never delivered the milk on time, which stopped him from getting his Weetabix.

And the milkman?

He was long gone. As soon as he heard about Solomon’s condition, he skipped town, pulling his cap down tight to hide his second head.

(100 words)
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Need more Friday Fiction? Click the blue frog to read more stories from other fictioneers!

Need more words? Click here for my response to the DP Challenge (1000 words) The Girl Who Floats Up Hills

Need more silliness? Find out what happened when Fabio fell face-first into the industrial grating machine at the Parmigiano-Reggiano factory (600 words)

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77 thoughts on “Friday Fiction – A Pint Of The White Stuff

  1. I love the title to this story…. Funny right from the start and I didn’t even know it until later in the story! The jokes I could make but won’t Great Job!
    Tom

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    • Hi Tom, I’m sure I don’t know what you mean – the title refers to a pint of milk. What else could it possibly be? 😉
      Thanks for your lovely comments.

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    • Thanks Beth. I have to confess that I didn’t really consider the seriousness of the condition – I was just being plain shallow! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  2. Re: your comment to Parul, “but the story fell out of my head that way.” Dare I ask which head? Very clever, well-told story–and worthy of a hearty guffaw.

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    • Hi kz. The title was my favourite bit – although i didn’t think of it until after I’d written the story. I had a quiet snigger to myself when it popped into my head.

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  3. Dear El,

    Go to the head of the class this week. Perfect title, story and MC. i am still smiling as I type this, the image of the milkman leaving town fast, the double entendres, all of it. perfect.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • Thanks Sarah Ann, I was aiming for a ‘this is the house that jack built’ sort of thing. If I’d had 200 words I could have made a very long chain of blame!

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  4. “pulling his cap down tight to hide his second head.” – oh, I like it! I like the way you take us through the long line of finger-pointing (which reminds me of “Who Killed Cock Robin” and “The House that Jack Built” – it develops a sort of folklore rhythm), and I like the unexpected end. Wonder if Mrs. Riggs ever saw the milkman with his hat off??

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  5. Why is it a story that explains the milkman’s side of things is creeping into my mind. I blame you for this mental quandry E.L. It is you and your darned good story. Very good direction you take with his.

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