Stuff – Friday Fictioneers, June 2020

“So you’re training to be a what…?”

“An architect… designing stuff.”

Harold thoughtfully rubs his stubble.

“You designed that?”

Justin grins.  “Won an award for it an’ all.”

“So what is it?”

“You don’t know?”


“It’s a symbol of our time, man.  Our world, the glow of global warming, the vivid dying sun… ya don’t see it?”

Harold steps back, narrows his eyes.

“What’s it made of?”

“Umm… double-skin ultra heat-treated polyethylene, laminated with flame retardants and, er … stuff”

“That stuff grow naturally?”

“I dunno, I just design stuff.”

“What are they like…” mutters Harold, shambling away.

Thanks to Dale Rogerson for this week’s photo prompt and to Rochelle for her leadership of Friday Fictioneers.

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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60 Responses to Stuff – Friday Fictioneers, June 2020

  1. neilmacdon says:

    What an acid portrayal of tokenism, Sandra


  2. Acidic and sarcasm laden to teh core. Loved this, Sandra.


  3. michael1148humphris says:

    It is true, many architects have a lot to answer for


  4. Tannille says:

    Now just need to take the “ants” off “retardants” and it explains a lot 😀. Great story though.


  5. Dear Sandra,

    Love the tongue in cheek humor in this. Another nail in the environment’s coffin.




  6. Great story. I looked into this building as well. It seems the quintessential American roadside attraction, but it’s actually in Montreal. Probably safe from planes crashing into it, though.


  7. elmowrites says:

    I have a friend who’s an architect and while I’m not sure this particular building would be his bag, the enthusiasm is spot on!


  8. Dale says:

    Love this Sandra! And FYI… it’s made out of the same stuff as pools are 😉


  9. msjadeli says:

    Can’t see the forest for the trees… Your story is one good example. Let’s hope some of the youngsters can.


  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Great story for waking people up to the need to consider the whole picture. With global warming, it can be terribly difficult to calculate the carbon footprint of “Stuff”, but we have to try.


  11. Well said, Sandra!


  12. A perfect symbol of a messed up world


  13. Dora says:

    You more than make your point! Brava.


  14. Good point! A story of our times indeed


  15. Nobbinmaug says:

    Hollow statements will get us nowhere. Excellent use of subtly, as always.


  16. jenne49 says:

    What a great portrayal of a slice of life, interaction between the generations, youthful blind enthusiasm and older gentle questioning to get…nowhere! The final sentence – so few words, says so much.


  17. James McEwan says:

    I know, I know, every climate change activist has a mobile phone and drives. (well the ones I know).


  18. draliman says:

    Nice idea, shame about the execution 🙂


  19. GHLearner says:

    The perfect picture. Who can’t see the red sun in it reminding us of the heat… and the material used in this masterpiece shows how we got there, doesn’t it? (Ducks and hides). Great story, puts the finger where it hurts.


  20. plaridel says:

    it’s not something what frank lloyd would consider but what the hell. to each its own. 🙂


  21. granonine says:

    Perfect! I love this one, Sandra 🙂


  22. Good one, Sandra. I thought about ex-president Orange Hair serving his Kool-Aid, but it was just too easy and more sad than funny. I like your take much better.


  23. Bear says:

    I like it… the designer is definitely a thinker.. guffaw!


  24. If concerns for the planet were truly his inspiration, maybe he could have come up with something a little smaller? A very witty and clever story! The orange ball is a pretty awful monstrosity. But, interesting as a story prompt.


  25. Another architectural blunder, commenting on global warming by contributing to it.


  26. athling2001 says:

    Great story. I love the ‘stuff.’


  27. ahtdoucette says:

    I feel like I’ve had similar conversations in real life way too often. The “wait, so you did this why again?” type conversation. I learned long ago that sometimes the best thing you can do is shake your head and walk away. Gives one a nicely cathartic feeling to read it in fiction.


  28. Great handling of the photo! Very believable conversation! 🙂


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