Little Miss Dynamite – Friday Fictioneers, August 2015

Copyright Claire Fuller

I saw her do it the first time.

She screwed up her face, clenched her fists and bang…

That kid needs locking up, I thought, watching her at the funeral, that dreamy smile masking all that telekinetic energy.

The second time there wasn’t enough left to hold a funeral. I knew she was responsible, but no-one would have believed me.

She was amongst those offered counselling, but she opted out. No surprise there then.

This morning she’s been transferred to my class.

We’re running out of teachers.

Maybe I’ll take early retirement… sell up… move out west… I could even… oh shit…!

This week’s photo prompt is from Claire Fuller.  Coincidentally I’ve just finished reading her excellent book ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’.  I can wholeheartedly recommend it – a book that stays with you long after you’ve put it down.  Well done Claire!   Thanks to Rochelle for her continuing stewardship of Friday Fictioneers – and enjoy this memorable week, my friend.  You’ve earned it.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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77 Responses to Little Miss Dynamite – Friday Fictioneers, August 2015

  1. Oh my…sorry..I laughed.
    Couldn’t help it.
    But I am sorry.
    Poor dear 🙂


  2. Dear Sandra,

    You can’t help but laugh at the literal “oh shit” moment at the end. Someone needs to blow up Little Miss Dynamite. I love a good black comedy and you do excel at them.




  3. Sandra says:

    Thanks Rochelle; it’s a genre I’m comfortable with, and it’s weird how my more dramatic or serious work will suddenly turn itself into a black comedy. Sometimes I really have to hold back. 😉


  4. ceayr says:

    Snort and chortle.
    Great writing, all life is here.
    And some laughs!


  5. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    I never cease to be amazed at the adroit way you write these pieces. Fast as an ignited trail of gunpowder, your words reach the magazine of our imaginations and…..



    Liked by 1 person

  6. Maxwell’s silver hammer!


  7. Oh happy day! What a great way to start my morning. Dark, creepy, but so funny at the end. I know I should think much deeper about the why, but I just find myself smiling. Great piece!


  8. Too late, I guess. There’s a child to be avoided. Great monologue.


  9. Hogwarts wouldn’t take her, huh? 😉


  10. Hah! I didn’t see that coming. A great story. (And thanks for reading Our Endless Numbered Days – so pleased you enjoyed it.)


  11. paulmclem says:

    Made me think of Johnny Fartpants from Viz. Sorry, I’m sure that wasn’t the intention, lol 🙂


  12. Dale says:

    Having participated in registration at my sons’ high school yesterday, I had a few “oh shit” moments myself… super happy I am NOT a teacher!


  13. I think this remind me of one or two of those Marvel film of mutants and specially gifted children.. hmm locking her up or moving to that special Academy…


  14. Dave says:

    There’s a twilight zone episode…well, you’ve probably seen it. Since it’s always a little kid, maybe Grandpa should get a crack at the psychic powers, some time?


  15. Danny James says:

    Why I left teaching. 🙂



  16. So glad she was never in one of my classes! Nicely crafted yet again.



  17. micklively says:

    I know I couldn’t teach in school. Respect!


  18. Ouch! At least she lived to tell the tale 🙂 I wonder if Miss Dynamite had an ‘accident’ ….


  19. Ups, too late! This was well delivered, made me snicker and wiggle my eyebrows. 🙂


  20. draliman says:

    Ha, great story! Made me smile. “We’re running out of teachers…” and then that great last line 🙂 Maybe should have taken early retirement earlier!


  21. Excellent flash, probably shouldn’t admit this but I could’ve used that talent a few times in school. But for as many teachers who scared the s…. out of me, there were those who truly inspired. So I guess it all works out.


  22. gahlearner says:

    Run, teacher, run! Great black humour here, I love it.


  23. Explosive prose. Oh shit, I’m still chuckling.


  24. Amy Reese says:

    I’m sure my kid wishes he had this superpower! Ha ha. Very funny. Loved it, Sandra.


  25. mjlstories says:

    Have been in classrooms (taught then teacher) for 50+ years – and never thought I’d be found out. After all, nobody would believe the kids about my classroom control techniques.
    Darkly funny story.


  26. liz young says:

    Teachers do have a hard time but not normally this bad!

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  27. Reminds me of The Bad Seed. Great scary story!


  28. Oliana says:

    I love dark humour…it`s what has kept me sane in my work. “oh shit” made me smile:)


  29. Margaret says:

    Good buildup and a great ending. Those of us who are teachers are getting extra value out of this story, I see. Thinking back, I can flesh out your little Miss Malevolence with the faces of a few students I can recall.


  30. Indira says:

    Scary but with funny tone. Very well written.


  31. rgayer55 says:

    Sounds like the teacher may have waited a little too long to take retirement. The last line just killed me. Still laughing.


  32. That would be a teacher’s worst nightmare. No one’s safe around her. I wonder how long it’ll take people to figure it out her super power. Great black comedy, Sandra. 😀 — Suzanne


  33. subroto says:

    Oops now that’s a Gone Girl. At least she went out with a bang.


  34. There’s a great many of those in school now-a-days. You always weave an unexpected tale.
    I admire your writing, Sandra. You never disappoint on these challenges.


  35. gravadee says:

    oh shit, now what?


  36. Great take Sandra. I loved that final moment of realisation


  37. Dee says:

    Loved this Sandra, ‘oh shit’ was the only ending really!!


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