Quick thinking, Marge

13 Sep

the-boat-and-miss-libertyPhoto copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Bill and Marge were amassing vast quantities of iPhotos, gleefully recording every moment of their first real vacation in more than two decades. This morning, as their ship cruised into New York Harbor, they’d lowered the phone long enough to appreciate the rising sun glinting off Lady Liberty’s crown.

Now the pair were backed against the grimy wall of a seedy alley, watching the noonday sun glint off a wildly waving knife blade. “You can have my iPhone,” Marge soothed the desperate crackhead as she surreptitiously snapped his photo, “just let me upload our vacation pics to the Cloud first.”


The Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, come each week from the four corners of the world to submit a 100-word story inspired by a photo prompt.



Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Challenges, Fiction



9 responses to “Quick thinking, Marge

  1. rochellewisoff

    September 15, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Dear Michelle,

    If that isn’t the picture of the American vacation I don’t know what is. How much do we really see anymore? Ever see the movie The Out of Towners? If Sandy Dennis had had an iPhone things might’ve turned out better for them. I believe it should be “the pair WAS”



    • dreaminofobx

      September 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Arghh, two years of absorbing British English, where “the pair WERE” is correct, and I am corrupted!

      • rochellewisoff

        September 16, 2013 at 3:57 AM

        I wondered if that wasn’t the case so I hesitated to say anything. In which case you are exonerated. 😉

  2. dmmacilroy

    September 15, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Dear Michelle,

    Crackheads! Great story!



  3. sustainabilitea

    September 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    It’s not my vacation but it is, as Dan said, a great story. Good for Marge!


  4. msteck

    September 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I LOL’d. I really did. That’s a great story!

  5. anelephantcant

    September 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Cleverly done, well written!

  6. pattisj

    September 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    If they get out of this situation, they may not vacation for two more decades!

  7. glossarch

    September 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Sounds like she might be reunited with her phone after a brief intermission 🙂


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