Amphitheatre – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant always be serious
Sometimes he likes to be just a wee bitty daft
So he makes a great change this week
Develops a whole new technique
He thinks it is guaranteed to give both his readers a laugh

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Hosted by the magnanimous and majestic Rochelle, this is a cornucopia of creativity, a plenitude of penpersonship.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright Sandra Crook

Copyright Sandra Crook


I should have done this years ago, he thinks to himself.
Seven o’clock and the sun is still warm.
A couple of hours on the beach, a swim in the Med, what a way to spend the afternoon.
A refreshment at the café in the square, making notes for my book, people watching, French people watching, life does not get any better.
If I died now I would be happy, especially as this climb past the amphitheatre is a bit of a killer!
He chuckles inwardly.
Then his hand goes to his chest.
His last words are:
God, that’s sore!

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53 Responses to Amphitheatre – Friday Fictioneers

  1. pattisj says:

    I hope he has enough notes that his book can be published posthumously. You really make good use of “anelephantcant!” Your verses always make me smile. Daft? I think not.


  2. Dee says:

    Great descriptive writing Elephant, just love ‘French people watching’ not sure why, but it made me laugh out loud.



  3. gingerpoetry says:

    there are worse places to die – I enjoyed your story !


  4. RoSy says:

    Now – that’s quite a drama! 🙂


  5. Just in time. Was it a sword or a heart attack. Way to go – if you have to.


  6. Oh Snap! Note to self-do not climb the steps of an amphitheater before your first book is published!


  7. And it did make me chuckle! Out loud even. Great description. I love the French People watching him and what a thrill it was. Sometimes we need to take a look around and, gosh, here I am – and I am in Athens! Greece! How the hell did I get here?


  8. Oops — but he died happy I guess. Better take it careful walking uphill with French people watching.


  9. Anja says:

    Oh the munificent AnElephant is always so gracious when writing for his two….ummm probably a lot more (like 10) readers.
    However, I would be remiss not to mention how I do adore this new style. I do enjoy your fabulous rhymes (and twists) but I think you really told so much in just a few words. Some people like to talk on and on and on and on….not you. You carry out a wonderful (oh my shocking) tale perfectly in 100 words…give or take.
    Now wondering if my comment is longer than your story. 😉
    (I love it..made me smile)


  10. French people watching him die? I can’t think of a greater indignity! (: ) especially for anyone who’s French.) Nice depiction of the life we’d all like…. until the end!


  11. Must he die? Oh my. I love the scene, and the pacing. I could envision this whole thing… but I want him to live, and travel on.


  12. hugmamma says:

    Talk about a bucket list item. Well done!


  13. DCTdesigns says:

    Well he asked for it. LOL! Great story.


  14. Linda Vernon says:

    LOL! I knew I was going to like this one when I read the word magnanimous in the introduction. There’s just something about that word that gets your mind set in the right frame. 😀


  15. Al says:

    HAHA That is funny 😀


  16. I think “French people watching” is my favorite line of all. 🙂



  17. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    OH! You have a wicked sense of humour, darling!


  18. At least he was prepared. Thanks for the smile.


  19. Sandra says:

    I thought of going down that path (or should I say up it) but changed my mind. I have climbed those steps… so this strikes a note of remembrance for me. 😦 Well done.


  20. Ye Pirate says:

    Well……tragicomedy there, I should say……very cleverly penned..


  21. Well, of all the ways to go, that’s not one of the worst. I like how the first line foreshadows the whole piece: if he had done that years ago, maybe he’d still be alive now.


  22. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear AEC,

    This is one of my favorites from your canon. Careful what you wish for, right? But except for the painful transition, he died happy. I hope that when my time comes, I should be so lucky.




  23. Dear Elephant,

    A typical case of “be careful what you wish for.” 😉 I went wading in the Med off the coast of Tel Aviv. This made me long for that time.
    A well crafted story, I enjoyed it.




  24. Good one Sir elephant, you I am sure say the last line tongue in cheek, after all there has to be another trip to Australia in you yet???


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