Idle Hands – Friday Fictioneers, July 2015

Copyright Dee Lovering

Davy, a deaf mute, expressed himself through his sand sculptures.

All summer long, snoozing seals, languid lions and crazy crocodiles emerged along the beaches of Balham, much to the admiration of the local townsfolk.

Except for the Brogan boys, whose greatest delight, after a night on the beer, was throwing themselves into the centre of his creations.

In winter, with little to do, Davy’s frustrations mounted. But after the first heavy snowfall he rushed into the park, and sculpted a legion of dreadful demons near the amusement arcade.

Ma Brogan still misses her boys; Pa Brogan… well, he’s a come-day, go-day kinda guy anyhow.

How nice to see Dee Lovering’s picture of snow during these long, hot summer days.  I feel quite nostalgic… well almost.  Thanks to Rochelle, the untiring choirmistress of   Friday Fictioneers,  for keeping us all together, and singing from the same song sheet.  And if you think I’ve been purposely exercising my alliterative skills this week… you’re right.

 

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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87 Responses to Idle Hands – Friday Fictioneers, July 2015

  1. micklively says:

    Snow or sand: it works for me.

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  2. ceayr says:

    Cleverly crafted and entertainingly executed!

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  3. MrBinks says:

    Nicely noted, Super Sandra!

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  4. Oh my, I love your version of “revenge is a dish best served cold”.

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  5. Dear Sandra,

    Ooh those dreaded dreadful dastardly demons doing demonic demonstrations. Sounds like Davy laughed last. An enjoyable read from one of the pillars of Friday Fictioneers. Wonderful writing as always.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Sandra says:

      Thanks Rochelle 🙂 The alliteration started inadvertently, with ‘languid lions’ ‘dreadful demons’ and ‘Brogan boys’. So I thought I’d extend rather than revise. After posting I remembered that KT did something similar recently – oops!

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  6. Brought Calvin and Hobbes to mind.

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  7. Vinay Leo R. says:

    That’s one way for Davy to keep his cool, almost literally. But I guess the Brogans had it coming.

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  8. Lynda says:

    Revenge is sweet they say! :mrgreen:

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  9. Nicely done, Sandra. 🙂

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  10. Might be a bit harsh, but it makes for a great story. 🙂

    janet

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  11. I really enjoyed this story up until the end and then I became confused. I hope you will help me out here. I’m still wiping the sleep from my eyes but I am not familiar with the phrase “a come-day, go-day kinda guy” and it makes me think I am not quite catching on to your story. Ma misses her boys, okay, they have obviously met with foul play but why is dad so undisturbed.. is that even what that phrase means?

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    • Sandra says:

      Hi Dawn, “come day, go day” is from an American ministrel type song – “come day, go day, God send Sunday, we’ll drink whiskey all the week and buttermilk on Sunday”. Really meaning, nothing really fazes him. No more significance than that. Originally I had “that was the year the Brogan boys disappeared, if I remember correctly” but I thought that was a bit expositional so changed it. Too obscure then. 😉

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  12. paulmclem says:

    Never trust a snowman 🙂

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  13. storydivamg says:

    Sandra,
    What a creative response to this week’s photo! I enjoyed watching the bullies get their comeupance.

    Cheers!
    MG

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  14. I think we’ve met Davy before, maybe helping out a more intellectually capable criminal? At any rate, I don’t think I’d want to be on Davy’s (or your!) bad side!

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  15. Anything can be a canvas to an artistic soul! Nicely written. 🙂

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  16. Sandra, I love your imagination. What a delightful read.

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  17. Don’t mess with Davy, obviously. I’ll stay away from snow demons from now on, in any case. Great story.
    -David

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  18. And then the snow melts. I hope the evidence doesn’t point to young Davy. Well told, loved it!

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  19. Ah! Revenge at last. I wonder how we root for the underdog even then they perform not-so-good acts. Superlative take on the prompt, Sandra!

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  20. Amy Reese says:

    If the sand wouldn’t catch him, the snow would! Davy got the last laugh all right. Imaginative and a little scary. Don’t mess with Davy. Well done, Sandra.

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  21. wildbilbo says:

    I loved those moments of alliteration here – snoozing seals, languid lions, etc.

    I wasnt sure about Pa Brogan’s indifference here (i’m assuming day come day go means ‘easy-come, easy-go’)? It struck me as a bit incongruous – at least without some more explanation.

    Cheers
    KT

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  22. Those bullies got what they deserved. Well written story.

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  23. Those were some snow demons. Looks like Davy had a literal magic touch. Well-written as usual. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  24. draliman says:

    That’ll teach them nasty Brogan boys. They sounded like real “kick sand in your face” types.

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  25. gahlearner says:

    I love it. Davy seems to be able to do magic with his art. The vanishing vandals. 😉

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  26. liz young says:

    what a sculptor he must have been! Great story.

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  27. Dale says:

    I like Davy! Good for him and his magical sand/snow!

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  28. Great job. Go, demons, go!

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  29. rgayer55 says:

    I think Ma was probably the only ones who missed the Brogan boys. I could just see them bullying other kids and taking their lunch money.

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  30. gravadee says:

    Love the route this prompt has taken you

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  31. Love the Brogans – the name is filled with menace. And good old Davy – keeping Balham safe!

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  32. phylor says:

    Your story proves that you shouldn’t mess with an artist!
    Wonderful story with a great ending.

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  33. madamewriter says:

    You have an interesting tone to your writing. Much enjoyed!

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  34. He who laughs last laughs best … I’d say.
    Well done in my book, Sandra. 😎

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  35. LOL! The crocs got ’em! Sounds a little like poetic justice. 😀

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  36. while i might feel bad for Ma Brogan, i don’t becuz she should have raised them better! glad Davy’s sculptures are safe now

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  37. I really enjoyed the ending! Well crafted story.

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  38. Margaret says:

    I just love the tone and feel of this. And you’ve built such great characters with just a few deft words. Wonderful.

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  39. Dee says:

    Great story Sandra, just loved the alliteration, it works so well here. I’ve gone for a bit of revenge myself this week – just managed to post something before the sands of time ran out… sorry couldn’t help it 🙂

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  40. Nice tone and rhythm to the story. With a Pa like that I can see why the Brogan Boys needed such attention and were so hurtful!

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