Friday Fiction – Fly Me To The Moon

Another week of crawling internet, even slower than before, so apologies for not replying to all my comments from last week yet.  I think the internet is actually dying now and I should probably do the decent thing and put it out of its misery. The new router arrived and made it worse so we’ve plugged the old one back in. There’s an engineer coming tomorrow to fix it or perform last rites.

But let’s not dwell on my crappy broadband, let’s celebrate the good things in life. And you can’t get much better than Friday Fictioneers!

UPDATE: internet fixed! I’m back online and I’ve been celebrating by watching back to back films on Lovefilm. Yay!!!!

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 - Jennifer Pendergast

copyright – Jennifer Pendergast

Fly Me To The Moon

Bob Tambourine leaned against the banister and peered upwards, feeling a little dizzy. He loved being an odd-job man – the odder the job the better – and this one was certainly going to be a challenge.

‘Gonna cost ya,’ he said.

A week later Bob returned. Strapping a home-made contraption to his back, he positioned himself in the stairwell. Fingers crossed, he pressed the ignition, feeling the heat of the twin-jets as they propelled him upwards.

Hovering inches from the ceiling, Bob produced a light-bulb from his pocket.

‘No job too big or small,’ he said as he screwed it in.

(100 words)

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86 thoughts on “Friday Fiction – Fly Me To The Moon

  1. Really liked this. Reminded me of Frank Sinatra’s song “Fly Me to the Moon”. I’d post a YouTube link, but not sure you’d want me to. Anyway, great image here, guy with his jetpack… 🙂

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  2. I could just imagine this.. particularly the phrase ‘it’s gonna cost ya’. Great take on the prompt. And sympathies with your internet problem, got the same thing myself for the next week – taking five minutes to log from one page to another – and this is advertised (and charged!) as being 3g+. Soooo frustrating.

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    • HI Sandra – Internet cured!!!! Mr Internet Man came round and fiddled with the router and we’re back up to full speed – and he didn’t say ‘gonna cost ya’ coz it was free! Hope you get your internet sorted soon too 🙂

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  3. It seems we all are experiencing internet issues, I go out, get a drink waiting for pages to load… anywho – this was crazy ( in a good way) an electrician with a Jetpack…if only they were that efficient!! 🙂

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    • My internet was so bad, I could have a long soak in the tub and it still wouldn’t have loaded. All cured today though – yay! Glad you liked my story, I’d love to see an electrician with a jetpack in real life 🙂

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    • Thanks Randy. A big light bulb did indeed go off in my head – although I saw the picture on my mobile first so I didn’t see the big pole attached to the light fitting which was probably put in to make it easy to change the bulb? Luckily, Bob Tambourine didn’t see it either, otherwise there’d be no story 🙂

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  4. El, another deftly done post and an enjoyable start to my morning. As for the internet issues, once you get connected, the frustrations of not being connected or having a slow connection are excruciating and completely frustrating. All the best with that!

    janet

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    • HI Janet
      thanks – glad I cheered up your morning. As for the internet – it’s all fixed! I can watch Lovefilm again!!! I can surf and post and answer comments – the possibilities are endless!

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  5. another delightful story. I need a jet pack to change the light bulb in my ceiling fan 🙂 Really original.

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  6. Really funny – like in the old joke Q: How many men does it take to change a light bulb? A: One. If he has a jet pack!

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  7. Great character name: Bob Tambourine. I was actually picturing something like the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scene, floating to high. Nice humor at the end!

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    • Thank you. If you like Bob, you should meet his wife Windsock and his daughter Cinnamon Sky – they appeared in last week’s story 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the story.

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    • Hi Laura – glad you liked it. I think there were probably easier ways to tackle the light bulb – but then again, there’d be no story if he’d taken the easy route!

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  8. I liked all of it. With the exception of, after reading the title, thinking to myself, “Oh great, now I’ll have that song stuck in my head all day…” =)

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    • I have had that song stuck in my head all day myself – sorry! And I’ve been humming it, so my entire family are now infected. It’s one of those catchy ones that you can’t get rid of.
      Glad you liked the story though 🙂

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  9. This made me laugh out loud…not an easy thing to do! You have made me smile more than once today, lucky me.

    Tom

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  10. Dear El,
    Once more you’ve provided me with a weekly giggle. Very well put together story with a great pay off at the end. BTW, how much does Mr. Tambourine Man charge? We have 18 foot ceilings so it’s always fun to replace a light bulb. Happy to hear your internet woes have come to an end.
    shalom,
    Rochelle

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    • HI Rochelle
      We watched films on the internet last night for the first time in weeks and wallowed in the glory of it all – we will never take it for granted again! Glad you enjoyed my story – I’d send you Bob’s number but he had a little mishap with the jet packs – if you like out the window you might be able to wave him down as he flies past 😀

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    • Hi Denmother – just goes to show that if you think outside the box (or if you’re off your head) you can make even the dullest job enjoyable 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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  11. Loved this story and the images of Bob with his jet-pack zooming up the stairwell made me laugh out loud
    Well done, changing a light bulb will never be the same again!
    Dee

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  12. Very funny. I loved your unique take on this one, and I certainly never saw the jet pack coming! As an electrician myself I could certainly do with one of those! I look forward to reading next week’s.

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  13. I loved this… especially the name. And, I’ll tell you why I love it. My son-in-law is Bob Tambourine… with no jet-pack yet… the name of his business is ‘Friday Harbor Odder Jobs’.

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      • Seriously – you’re son in law is odd jobbing Bob Tambourine? That’s spooky! Does he have a jet pack? I may have to be careful what I write about him in the future – it could be like that film: Stranger Than Fiction. I promise not to kill him off, just in case!!!

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    • Hi Amy
      Glad you liked my story. I think Bob probably does like a bit of Sinatra – not sure that I do though, I’ve had that song stuck in my head since Wednesday!

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  14. It’s like the old joke – how many crazy inventors does it tkae to change a light bulb? I enjoyed your story this week, el, it had an interesting “voice” through the main character

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  15. i am sure the “cost ya” comes from the price of the fuel. I was talking to the guy who replaced some worn out tires for me on Saturday and he recently bought racing fuel at $7.50 per gallon. The jet fuel has to cost even more. I just wonder if he tied a rope to the bottom to keep him from blasting through the ceiling.

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  16. Bob and Windsock Tambourine (from the other story)–can’t wait to see how (or if) these two develop and/or cross paths in other flash pieces of yours. Or perhaps they already have? If so, where do I find?

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    • Only two stories so far, I couldn’t use them this week because they’re hanging out at an African drumming festival in Wales, but I’m sure they’ll be back soon 😀

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