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The Friday Fictioneers Late Night Memorial Day Weekend Double Header Picture Show (in the back row)

May 25, 2012

Friday! Madison Woods & the Friday Fictioneers! Read all about it HERE and play along.

It was an interesting picture this week. My first reaction was I can’t think of anything to write about a couple of goofy moths waiting for breakfast at McDonald’s so I wrote this -

Breakfast at McDonald’s

Michael felt his pulse quicken as he read Madison’s message that the photo prompt was up. He loved these prompts and looked forward to them, maybe a little more than another person would consider normal.

He looked at the picture and swore. “What the hell is this?” he shouted loud enough to raise a comment from a co-worker.

Ya alright?”

“Moths!”

“Huh?”

“Moths at McDonald’s!”

“Moths?”

“Nevermind.”

Michael refocused on the picture and shook his head at the absurdity of two moths at the drive-up window at McDonald’s.

“To hell with this,” he said. “I’m not doing this week’s challenge.”

(100 words)

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Then I was looking at the picture again yesterday and I suddenly had an idea for another 100 word shortie so, with hopes that two teeny-weeny shorties isn’t a violation of the Friday Fictioneers Code of Honor, here’s #2.

The Lepidopterists

Jasper stood breathless on the hot asphalt of the McDonalds drive-thru, ignoring both the heat and the hungry drivers lined up behind him. He was focused on his two unique finds: the large brown moth and the luna moth. Jasper and his wife had been collecting moths for years and he shivered thinking how excited his wife would be with these.

The moth hunter swept his net in a graceful downward arc and nabbed both moths.

“Oh, joy!” he said.

Jasper smiled as his wife approached. He presented her with the net and said, “For you, Edwina. Happy Moth-er’s Day.”

(100 words)

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  1. May 25, 2012 7:06 am

    Very nice little twist on the prompt. fun and playful and who doesn’t love a good pun?

    My offering: http://www.jeffreyhollar.com/2012/05/of-moths-and-mcnuggets.html

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  2. TheOthers1 permalink
    May 25, 2012 7:30 am

    Ahahaha. I loved the first story a bunch. It mirrored my response to the prompt closely. The second story cracked me up. Happy Moth-er’s day? Lol.

    My attempt: http://unduecreativity.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/chasing-the-divine/

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  3. May 25, 2012 8:28 am

    Groan. Though, I have to admit, I had brain troubles with it too. My husband stood in for me this week :D http://kaitlinandmichaelbranch.com/2012/05/25/angel-in-a-polyester-uniform/

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  4. May 25, 2012 8:31 am

    LOL, Michael. I’m glad you gave a story in the end, but I like #1 too! Oh, and have I mentioned how addictive I find your fish-feeding picture?

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  5. May 25, 2012 9:03 am

    Hi Michael,
    This is great, kind of a story within a story and what writer couldn’t relate? Loved your comment about it mattering too much. I feel exactly the same. Great idea for the story– not having an idea. My story is here: http://bridgesareforburning.wordpress.com/

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  6. May 25, 2012 9:43 am

    This is just too good to be true, a story within a story. I love the first one of course, though the second one isn’t bad. Mine is here: http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/fridayfictioneers-preying-mantis/

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  7. May 25, 2012 11:24 am

    It’s like “bring a fellow blogger to work day”, and what fortune to have even mildly concerned co-workers. I envisioned those cubicals with half walls, you sitting in one learing at the pc monitor, and these text bubble floating up above from another.

    Here’s mine: http://thebradleychronicles.wordpress.com/

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  8. May 25, 2012 11:52 am

    I love both of these. The first is a mirror to my own initial reactions, the anticipation every Wednesday and the what the @#%$ on seeing this prompt. The second is very funny and a nice tie-in to the recent holiday. Nice double save!

    Not sure I was so successful:http://teschoenborn.com/2012/05/25/friday-fictioneer-perspective/

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  9. May 25, 2012 12:54 pm

    Both of these were excellent. Glad you didn’t really avoid this week’s prompt. Here’s mine: http://postcardfiction.com/2012/05/25/despite-your-intentions/

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  10. siobhanmuir permalink
    May 25, 2012 12:54 pm

    LOL I liked both stories, but the first one in particular. :D

    Here’s mine: http://siobhanmuir.blogspot.com/2012/05/moths-date-100words-for.html

    Siobhan

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  11. May 25, 2012 1:07 pm

    Nice touch from both perspectives.
    I found the first one quite hilarious.

    Here’s mine: http://logo-ligi.com/2012/05/25/mothballs/

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  12. May 25, 2012 1:15 pm

    I loved your first offering so much! but i refuse to read the other so i may not contaminate a breath-taking piece as the first. This week, Mic you’re in a class of your own. Great!

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  13. Lora Mitchell permalink
    May 25, 2012 5:34 pm

    I read both stories and prefer the first. Made me chuckle. Funny…like you… I also say..,”out loud'” when I first see Madison’s prompt. “What the h_ll am I going to do THIS?” …Several hours later, my Muse gets busy and comes through for me. Here’s mine:
    http://www.triplemoonstar.blogspot.com

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