Robin’s Nest (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

Copyright Dawn Q Landau

Robin’s Nest

Robin believes that everyone needs a place to call their own.

Somewhere away from these city-dwellers with their incessant screeching, those clutching hands that beg impossible favours from mythical benefactors.

Robin wonders if anything can compare with climbing the steps at the end of an exhausting yet exhilarating day and thankfully laying down your burden.

He says every man needs somewhere to put his feet up, a place to lay the head.

So he closes the door, sighs with relief and thanks the stars above for this, his own space.

He glances around.

Now… where to lay this head? 

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, which launches on Wednesday of each week under the careful management of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  Hope everyone’s New Year got off to a flying start, and that the fingers of our American contingent have defrosted sufficiently to enable them to participate.  Stay warm, guys – thinking of you.

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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83 Responses to Robin’s Nest (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

  1. Dear Sandra,

    Apparently Robin is someone who knows how to get ahead. You left me laughing . Stellar writing and delightful wit as always. Thanks for liking my story although it appears that WP is having issues on my site. I think they just don’t like me.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. Lala Rukh says:

    I like Robin and her thoughts 🙂 Lovely story !

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  3. Robin sounds like an independent spirit. I’m sure he’ll make due somehow.

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  4. Indira says:

    Liked robin’s philosophy very much and am concerned ‘ where to lay this head? ‘ Delightful story.

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  5. Joe Owens says:

    Robin wants to make his own way, good for him!

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  6. kz says:

    a simple man with a not so simple hobby. what a complete and shocking turnabout.

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  7. znjavid says:

    Yikes, what a shocking end, I was just beginning to like Robin! Very well written.

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  8. Subroto says:

    That last line is a killer 🙂

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  9. Adam Ickes says:

    Wonderful twist you’ve worked in there, Sandra. Robin sounds like my kind of character.

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  10. Enjoyed this very much, Sandra. My fingers are fine (as long as I’m not outside too long) and thanks for the concern. I hope you’re cozy over there and having a blast. Love your title, by the way.

    janet

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  11. AAAAND the first body (well, part of) this week. Loved the voice of your narrator, darling. Really eased me into the twist.

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  12. claireful says:

    It was so easy to miss ‘the head’ on my first read. Very funny.

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  13. Ye Pirate says:

    THAT was a classic! My goodness, how do you do that! Superb read.

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  14. misskzebra says:

    Very clever, left me with a wicked grin on my face.

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  15. This is fun Sandra. So very thankful yet finds a dilemma. Smiling.

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  16. liz young says:

    Eeuw! Nasty twist at the end.

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  17. mike olley says:

    Dark and funny but I can’t see the story without picturing the narrator as Richard O’Sullivan (from the 70s sitcom Robin’s Nest).

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  18. Linda Vernon says:

    Wonderful Sandra. That’s exactly what this little building is. A place to lay one’s head. I especially liked “clutching hands that beg impossible favours from mythical benefactors”!!!!

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  19. DCTdesigns says:

    Where to lay his head-clever end. However I don’t doubt Robin will figure it out. He is a man who knows how to let go.

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  20. sandraconner says:

    Whoa!!! Gruesome packaged so neatly and colorfully. You seem to be something of an expert at this.

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  21. helenmidgley says:

    A shocking ending, loved it 😉

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  22. vbholmes says:

    Why do I have such a clear picture (in my head) of the decor in Robin’s nest? Good story, Sandra– with a zinger ending.

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  23. You’d think am able body such as Robin would have a head board. 😉

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  24. Jim Kane says:

    Head dreams, eh? Great story. I am ready for a new F1 season myself!

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    • Sandra says:

      He likes to mess with peoples’ heads Jim. Yes, I hope to goodness there’s a bit of a shake-up with the new regs this year – I’m sick to death of Red Bull and Vettel dominating the results. And that McLaren have at last got a decent car but I won’t be holding my breath on that one. Thanks for dropping by.

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  25. A simple journey, that we all want… isn’t it? It’s so fun to see what you all find in my photo. I agree with Robin; I wanted to hide in here and just let everyone else melt away. 😉

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  26. Jan Brown says:

    Oh, the twisted twists at the end of your stories never cease to amaze me. I should see them coming, but I don ‘t! Nicely done.

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  27. draliman says:

    I was just getting lulled by Robin’s philosophy when suddenly – boom! Great twist 🙂

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  28. I wasn’t sure I had it right, but seeing that it was your story and with your usual twisted tales, I figured that somebody out there in the city was as headless as I was. Charming tale.

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  29. Hugely entertaining.
    AnElephant chuckles!

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  30. JKBradley says:

    Did anyone else see a red Ferrari just now?

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  31. Hi Sandra,
    Robin has made his nest, and now he must sleep in it. At least he’s away from the big city noises and can lull himself to sleep with the sound of the waves. I know grammar is almost extinct these days, but I believe there’s a pronoun agreement thing in your first line. Try not to hate me for being a grammarian. It’s a disease. Ron

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    • Sandra says:

      I thought about that line as I wrote it Ron. I really wanted to say ‘everyone needs a place to call his or her own’. But trying to stay within the word count and deciding that ‘his or her’ sounded rather unwieldy, I rationalised that ‘he or she’ would equate to ‘they’, therefore the possessive would become ‘their’. Having researched it further in response to your comment, I see the ‘rule’ is that singular antecedent indefinite pronouns such as ‘everyone’ or ‘everybody’ take a singular pronoun in agreement. The textbooks agree however that ‘his or her’ would be bad style. So thank you. And I don’t hate you for being a grammarian. I despise you…. noooooh, please don’t hurt me. 😉 🙂

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  32. plaridel says:

    i think i just lost my head. the ending was totally unexpected. 🙂

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  33. Lynda says:

    Sandra, I was so stunned I had to go back and read it again! Good one! 😉

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  34. pattisj says:

    No eggs in Robin’s nest, only an egghead or two, maybe?

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  35. It’s amazing what power one little word can have, “this head.” Oh! Great story, as always! You give me inspiration, Sandra.

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  36. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    Twisted.

    You.

    In a very satisfying way.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  37. I shan’t sleep tonight. Clever.

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  38. JackieP says:

    Imagine the shock, if someone opens the door to the head and a head rolls out! I had to laugh at this one Sandra. Clever way with the words. 🙂

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  39. unspywriter says:

    Thanks to you, and Robin, for today’s chuckle. And thanks for the comment on mine. 😉

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  40. rgayer55 says:

    I think Robin was ahead of his time. If he keeps this up he’ll need a larger nest.

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  41. What a wonderful end – you are so very clever! Good read and you ARE talented!

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  42. Robin has collection issues clearly… Seems to be quite packed already…

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  43. Dee says:

    Oh yes, very clever, one of your best I think. Loved the last line.

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