Friday Fiction: “Good Morning. Have You Used Pear’s Soap?”

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Aqueduct -Sarah Ann Hall

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“Good Morning. Have You Used Pear’s Soap?”

Arnold had seen The Fly enough times to recognise the teleportation portals when he saw them. He’d never understood, watching the film, why nobody had tried experimenting with the molecule-melding properties of the technology…

Grandpa’s aversion to baths was legendary. Arnold ushered him into Portal One and handed him a bar of Pear’s. When Grandpa emerged from Portal Two, he certainly smelled better, having merged seamlessly with the soap.

If only Arnold had spotted the sneaky frog that had hopped inside Portal One as the door closed.

Grandpa’s tongue whipped out, snapping up a passing grasshopper.

‘Ribbett,’ he said, fragrantly.

(100 words)

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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 below to see what other fictioneers did with this week’s prompt.

This week’s photo is courtesy of Sarah Ann Hall

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60 thoughts on “Friday Fiction: “Good Morning. Have You Used Pear’s Soap?”

  1. Love it, expecially the ‘ribbet’. This is much more like the kind of quirky, unexpected delights I’ve come to expect from you (didn’t get time to comment on last week’s contribution but felt it wasn’t up to your usual high standard, although it’s always good to experiment so don’t take that badly). Thanks for this, it really put a smile on my face: clean, sharp and moorish.

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    • Thanks Anon – I agree about last week, it was a bit flat, but I wanted to try something different. This week was much more fun to write – glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  2. HAHAHAHAHA!!! Of course! You can;t win … but MY! Does he smell nicer than a frog does.
    Geek Time: Did you know James Clavell wrote the screenplay of the original 1950’s film?

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    • I feel I have to confess that I have no idea who James Clavell is – I googled him and thought I could claim him as a Brit, but then it seems he was born in Australia, brought up in Britain and ended up choosing to be American, so I guess he’s one of yours!
      I have seen both the original and the Jeff Goldblum remake, though, so can I still join your Geek Club?

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      • You are the first charter member. Welcome! Now, I thought for sure, James Clavell was English, but he became a U.S. citizen in, I think, the 1950’s …? Never knew he was a native Aussie, though. I hated the remake of The Fly. Too excessive, pandering, not classy like the short story on which the first film (also classy) was based. Rochelle happens to be a big David Hedison fan, too. All we need is him onboard the Seaview and we’re ready to go! 😀

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  3. I’ll have some of what you’re smoking this week! Wacky but fascinating use the prompt. I like it when people write about what they see. Not what other people saw. Nice one.

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  4. LOL. Does melding with a bar of soap mean perpetual cleanliness? The tongue could always been seen as a benefit (or further hindrance) if flicking one’s skin brought up a lather.

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