Friday Fiction: The Importance of Being Bob

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.

Some of you non-fictioneers may have noticed that the Friday in Friday Fictioneers doesn’t appear to relate to the real Friday (you know, the one that normally follows Thursday), that’s because in Fridayfictionland Friday lasts from Wednesday morning all the way through to about Saturday lunchtime. Which is great because that means it’s always almost the weekend!

My story follows the picture prompt below, kindly provided by Claire Fuller. The steps made me think of those library step chairs – the ones which turn from a chair into steps.


Copyright-Claire Fulller
Copyright-Claire Fuller

The Importance Of Being Bob

We all wondered how Bob could be so happy so much of the time. We discussed it in groups, in pairs, and even with our wives.

‘It’s no mystery,’ Bob said, beaming. ‘I’m happy because I take pleasure in the simple things. Like this library chair, for instance. Flip the back down and it turns… into steps!’

Bob laughed and clapped his hands.

‘Chair… Steps!’ Bob laughed and clapped again. ‘Chair… Steps!’ Laugh. Clap.

We backed away, slowly, exchanging looks, ridiculing him. But secretly, deep down, each and every one of us wished we were a little more like Bob.

(100 words)


Never considered writing in first person plural? This story is inspired by Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris- a novel written from the perspective of the collective – well worth a read.

Wish you were a bit more like Bob? Play Bob’s favourite game: Don’t Shoot The Puppy.

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