Once the Fire Goes Out (Re-run) – Friday Fictioneers, December 2018

Copyright Doug McIlroy


He’s in the damn’ garage again.

Fiddlin’ with his bits an’ pieces, ball-strokin’, lookin’ at dirty pictures, I’ll bet.  Just so long’s he don’t get no ideas.

I see he’s dug out some chains  an’ a roll of gaffer tape.  Who knows what’s goin’ on in that mind of his’n… dirty ol’ man.  Someone his age oughta be past all that.  Lord knows I am.

I peeked on that there Facebooks the other week; saw he done put ‘single’ for his status.

Dream on, I thought.

He’s changed it today, I see.

Says ‘widower’.

What’s the lyin’ buzzard up to now?

Grateful for the opportunity of a (slightly edited) re-run, with all that’s going on right now.  This week the prompt is from a much-loved, much-missed Friday Fictioneer from way back – Doug McIlroy.  All the best in your new life, Doug.  Thanks for the respite too, Rochelle. 🙂

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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73 Responses to Once the Fire Goes Out (Re-run) – Friday Fictioneers, December 2018

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Oh god! We know what he’s up to. Great voice and great drama, Sandra

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  2. Dear Sandra,

    This one’s still a cracker in my opinion. If she’s smart, she’ll not worry what the old buzzard’s up to, but hightail it outta there.



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  3. Varad says:

    Yikes! That took a wicked turn, real fast. Good one, Sandra.


  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Good grief, if only it was just dirty pictures and nothing worse!


  5. It’s either wishful thinking or something more sinister. I wonder.


  6. ceayr says:

    But also slightly depressed that you have been writing these apparently effortless classics for so long.

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  7. I like this story. It’s new to me, anyway!


  8. Let’s hope that her brain cells click a little quicker…although he wasn’t too bright to have already changed his FB status either. Good story, Sandra. Your voice was unexpected.

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  9. wildchild47 says:

    Wow- what a corker of a story! And I’m so sorry, but the voice and narration is so spot on, that by the time I hit the ending, I was completely laughing so hard, it was *almost* a coffee spewing hit the screen moment! Brilliantly worded from start to startling finish! Brava!

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  10. trentpmcd says:

    I have a feeling she won’t have to wonder for long….


  11. Goodness! She better scoot right out of there. Great voice! I love how slowly you lead us to a terrible conclusion.


  12. Jade M. Wong says:

    Oh dear she better spend less time checking his Facebook and more time packing a bag and getting out of there!


  13. Kalpana Solsi says:

    a naughty story of an old naughty man, loved the last line.


  14. pennygadd51 says:

    I found the voice compelling, and the pace of the story excellent. You left me with the impression of a strong woman; I wouldn’t give much for the lyin’ buzzard’s chances if he tries to bump off his missus!


  15. granonine says:

    I love the voice, the local color. Can almost see this poor woman, who apparently doesn’t have a logical mind. Maybe she has a cast-iron skillet to whack him over the head, and that’s why she seems unafraid.


  16. EagleAye says:

    Haha! Seems she should watch her step. The next mouse click on Facebook might be her last. Great story!


  17. I love this and was disappointed when it was over. Great voice!


  18. I feel that Facebook is not all fake news… wonder when she realize that his dreams will come true:

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  19. Dale says:

    It’s new to me, too! And great voice. She better wake up ‘n smell the coffee ‘n hightail it outta there!


  20. Ha ha ha, even though I know I shouldn’t be laughing considering what’s going to happen next to the old lady 🙂


  21. i b arora says:

    you need something to keep yourself busy at that age


  22. Abhijit Ray says:

    Some one is prying into the only place this man has for himself.


  23. plaridel says:

    if i were her i’ll start worrying for my own safety now that he calls himself a widower. 🙂


  24. Liz Young says:

    Nice one, Sandra – I’ve felt like offing my OH at times!


  25. Frankie says:

    sad old folks… brilliant writing, thanks!


  26. Her husband’s name isn’t C.E. Ayr, is it?

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  27. LOL I think that old buzzard might have bitten off more than he can chew this time. Great story


  28. Ha! I say if they go off into the garage, just let them and enjoy the peace and quiet. This is not going to end well, is it?


  29. lisarey1990 says:

    I love the voice in this piece.


  30. Future could look pretty grim unless she gets out I reckon


  31. Russell says:

    Hmmm, maybe a soon-to-be widower! Very well done Sandra!


  32. jillyfunnell says:

    Fab-u-lous, Sandra. Clear plot, neat and tight and we instantly know it isn’t just his balls he’s strokin’,


  33. Indira says:

    Hi, Sandra! nice twist. Isn’t she worrying? Nicely done.


  34. Great voice but she better get smart to what he’s up to double quick.


  35. That literally made me LOL.


  36. Rowena says:

    How could I laugh at this, Sandra and yet I see I’m not the only one. This guy truly deserves to get caught out my my coroner this week, and not just for wearing grungy undies either!
    Best wishes,


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