Cold War – Friday Fictioneers, April 2015

Copyright Doug (the Iceman) McIlroy

 

“In my day,” said Sandra, peering at the magazine over Doug’s shoulder, “an arse that size would be considered a deformity.”

“In your day, Sandra, an arse that size would have been concealed beneath a bustle.”

The two care assistants looked up from serving breakfasts.

“I think they’re getting along better, don’t you?”

“The ice is melting, certainly; hard to believe she flushed his dentures away the day he arrived.”

“Or that he sawed the leg off her zimmer frame.”

“They look so much younger now; d’you suppose they’re in love?”

“More like ‘in combat’ actually.”

“Same thing then.”

Starting next week I’ll be on the water for a while, and on a limited and frequently frustrating mobile connection.  I hope to continue to participate, but I might not get round to quite so many submissions as I usually do.  I will, however, endeavour to respond to all who visit and return the courtesy.  Rochelle has a lot on her plate at the moment, so I’m especially grateful for the time she’s devoting to Friday Fictioneers. And special thanks to Doug for a photo prompt that’s bound to generate more than a few snowmen.  🙂

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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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116 Responses to Cold War – Friday Fictioneers, April 2015

  1. Dear Sandra,

    Where’s the love icon when I need it? Great names for your characters. 😉

    This is timely for me. The father of a lady I work with is in a home and he recently punched a female patient in the face.

    You left me laughing. The title is perfect for the prompt.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. This made me smile. A great start to the day. Thanks.

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  3. micklively says:

    Interesting take and very funny.
    You see the Soviet border and I see telescopes! This week is going to be lots of fun here.

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  4. Jan Brown says:

    Hysterical! I wonder where he’ll hide his new dentures…or will he just go toothless?

    A truly inspired story.

    Have fun on the water, Sandra!

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  5. This is too funny, especially the names. Loved it!

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  6. This is great, very funny. I wonder if there is any (future) truth in it?

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  7. MrBinks says:

    Brilliant – and loved the names used 🙂

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  8. Funny story, Sandra. I also loved the characters’ names. Loved also the fact that this Doug wears false teeth. Enjoy your time on the water. 😀 — Suzanne

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  9. From the title, to the names and the story this had me smiling. An enjoyable read that had a ring of truth about it. I’ve worked in a few aged facilities and I could tell a story or two. Have fun on the water. Summer has obviously arrived over there. 🙂

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  10. Thanks for the chuckle. What a great story for this stormy prompt.

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  11. Love and combat.. sometimes its the same thing.. love the image of dentures and zimmer frames, more like kids on the schoolyard (when love was more like teasing).

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  12. Thanks for the chuckles and enjoy that travel!!

    janet

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  13. I’m smiling. Nothing like a good row to keep life interesting. I love the characters in your stories.

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  14. ansumani says:

    I wonder why the characters in the story feel so familiar… 😉 Still Laughing …Good fun read.

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  15. storydivamg says:

    Sandra,
    Humor seemed an appropriate place to go with this prompt, and you served up a great one. Here’s hoping our heroes can work it out before they wind up six feet under.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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  16. OH WOW! Just Wow! I couldn’t possibly say it any better than all these earlier commenters. So, so, so funny — and so creative — and so realistic. Of course, the names were the icing on the cake.

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  17. Fantastic humour, love your take on the promp and the character names. I needed your words after writing mine thank you 🙂

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  18. elmowrites says:

    Cute without being cutesy, Sandra, and like others I enjoyed the character names you’ve chosen. I will have to stop back in a week to see what The Iceman himself made of it 😉 Enjoy ‘messing about on the river’!

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  19. They remind me of how kids tease each other on the playground. The meaner they were to one another, the more they liked each other. Some things never change.

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  20. plaridel says:

    future shock. 🙂

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  21. Love it. Also learned what a zimmer frame is in Britain.
    Sandra and Doug on my kind of people.
    Where is this nursing home so I’ll know where to put myself later. Well, not much later.
    Randy

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  22. Hysterical Sandra. I think I know these people!

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  23. So much to love here, the names of course, the word arse makes me laugh as well as bustle. Yes, I am that immature. 🙂

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  24. Sandra says:

    I know what you mean Dawn. I considered an alternative word, but stuck with my original concept. Thanks for dropping by.

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  25. phylor says:

    “They look so much younger now; d’you suppose they’re in love?”
    “More like ‘in combat’ actually.”
    “Same thing then.”
    Perfect description! I smiled my way through — like the mention of bustle (I like history!)
    Enjoy your summer on the water!

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  26. draliman says:

    Funny! A little glimpse into the future? I loved your last two lines.

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  27. Oh I do like this. Such fun and great to read about the good life ahead. So positive!

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  28. Love, like the light breaking across the snow!

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  29. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! This was brilliant. I presume no Dougs were harmed during the writing of this story.

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  30. BrainRants says:

    I like the quirky take on the photo!

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  31. mjlstories says:

    I’m hoping to chill in my old age – but I think your cold war scenario is much more likely.
    Have fun on the water. Your comments are always astute and appreciated.

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  32. Francesca Smith says:

    A very funny take on the prompt!

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  33. afairymind says:

    Great take on the prompt. Your story made me smile. 🙂

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  34. Love this one! Made me smile, thank you 🙂

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  35. wmqcolby says:

    HAHAHAHAHA! I think I could see who these “characters” could be played by, don’t you?
    You got it going, Sandra! Five ice cubes! 😀

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  36. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Sandra, You are clever indeed! I love summer and I love your characters! Just great! Nan

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  37. Margaret says:

    So funny. I wish Doug and Sandra well – I’m sure they’ve got enough of a spark to keep them firing in any cold war. Brilliant dialogue.

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  38. wildbilbo says:

    Ha! That conversation at the start was gold 🙂
    Cute story, well done.
    KT

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  39. rgayer55 says:

    I picturing Doug without teeth looking like Gabby Hayes 🙂 This is hilarious, Sandra.

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  40. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    Love, love, love it. I’m in love with you, too. You are always able to take an obscure prompt and bring a story to life to fit it. Wonderful description of love.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  41. Mike says:

    Great story Sandra, made me smile. I hope when I get old I find this nursing home!

    PS Belated congratulations on your winning story in Writing Magazine.

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    • Sandra says:

      Sounds like fun. And thank you – it was thrilling to win, but the correct name would have been the icing on the cake. They’re printing a correction next month. 🙂

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  42. Dee says:

    I’m with you on communal living…
    Great take on the prompt,how you got there amazes me.
    Well done and ‘Bon Voyage’ will keep in touch.

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  43. Very creative interpretation of this photo. Love it!

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  44. Oh great humour, made me smile.

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  45. milliethom says:

    A very funny scene with great dialogue, Sandra. I love the antics described.

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  46. amiewrites74 says:

    This was a fun read. Thanks for the laugh 🙂

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  47. Sandra! What a delightful take on the prompt – and the title is pitch perfect.

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  48. gahlearner says:

    This was wonderful, I’m still laughing. Great story, and enjoy being on the water.

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  49. Liz Young says:

    Never happier than when they’re fighting!

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  50. adamjasonp says:

    Oh, Rochelle summed up everything I wanted to say… Fun read.

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  51. MissTiffany says:

    This is positively BRILLIANT! My favorite of all the stories I’ve read from this prompt so far. Well done. I love all of it!

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  52. Taygibay says:

    “Same thing then.”

    That ending line makes this a perfect story, congratulations!
    Tay.

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  53. Amy Reese says:

    Love, combat…same thing? This is hilarious and interesting name choices here. I wonder what the inspiration was? Ha ha. Very original take and well written, as always.

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  54. Ellespeth says:

    Love and combat blooming at the nursing home. Ever amazing. Enjoyed this story, Sandra.

    Safe travels,
    Ellespeth

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  55. IB Arora says:

    yes, at some stage being in love is actually no different from being in combat

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  56. Sorry I’m so late to the party this week, Sandra, but all kinds of snafus to work around! Safe travels– I so enjoy imagining you on these lovely journeys. They sound truly magical.

    This piece is really crisp and real. I work at hospice, and deal with a lot of folks who arrive from the local nursing homes. This is a wonderful sliver of what I see all the time. I have no idea why this photo took you there, but I loved the pace and human feel to it. Wonderful! Bon voyage!

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  57. rogershipp says:

    the dialogue… loved it.

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