Friday Fiction – The Seller Reserves The Right To Withdraw This Item From Sale

I think I’m at risk of imploding in a giggle of silliness this week. I’ll try to regain my sanity next week (no promises, though) but for this week all I can do is apologise profusely. Especially to Rich who provided this week’s photo.

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.


copyright-Rich Voza

copyright-Rich Voza

The Seller Reserves The Right To Withdraw This Item From Sale

Rich had another money-making scheme up his sleeve.

‘It’s no good being called Rich, if I’m not actually rich,’ he explained to Rochelle, showing her his eBay page.

‘You can’t sell an airplane on eBay!’ Rochelle exclaimed. ‘It’s not even yours!’

‘Gee,’ Rich said (because he was American and they say stuff like ‘Gee’ all the time). ‘What about the guy who sold the Brooklyn Bridge? You can sell anything if you’re smart.’

Rochelle peered at the screen, ‘Oh Rich, you’ve caught your reflection in the picture again,’ she said. ‘Still, at least you kept your clothes on this time.’




man is clearly nude in reflection of kettle

Not actually Rich… at least I don’t think so.

(100 words)
Small print: the characters in this story (Rich, Rochelle and Reflectoporn Man) are entirely figments of the author’s imagination and any resemblance to actual people is purely coincidental. Honest.

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61 thoughts on “Friday Fiction – The Seller Reserves The Right To Withdraw This Item From Sale

    • Thanks Doug – I thought I might have gone too far with this one! Your story was the best FF I’ve read ever – genuinely. And Rochelle’s complementary story was also divine. This is a great week for the fictioneers! (Just hope Rich is still talking to me after he reads this 🙂 )


  1. Dear El,
    I was told that I needed to skip ahead to read this. I’m not disappointed in the slightest. This is a classic. No apologies necessary for giggles and silliness. You’ve brightened my morning. 😉


    • Thanks Rochelle – loved your story this week, too. This prompt has fired off some amazing tales this week.
      If you need more giggles, I’ve added a link to the kettle picture – it takes you to a site full of ‘eBay Reflectoporn’


  2. This made me grin. Oddly enough, I’d only just noticed that reflection in the photo on the submission before yours. What were those people thinking of on ebay! Loved it.


    • Thanks Sandra. It took me a while to spot the reflection too – and it reminded me of an article I’d read on eBay photos. Personally, I think some of them have to be deliberate. wonder if it helps with sales?


  3. This was funny. Just be warned. Rich is from Jersey and they handle business differently, with a strong hand sometimes. Just know what you’re gonna say before he asks…Do I amuse you? /enter a good fella


  4. Personally I think rich will think it’s funny. I thought it was fun and funny. I’m so glad you decided to join us on this grand thing called Friday Fictioneers! (and I’m glad I had a hand in it) Great story!


  5. i would have gladly supplied an actual picture of me – spout included – if it would have added to the fun! well done. excellent use of a kettle, that’s for sure. that’s a creative eye you got for sure.


    • Thanks Hayley – if you’re not sufficiently scarred you can click on the photo and it will take you to a site with even more ebay reflectoporn on – or maybe you’ve had enough 🙂


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