Guys Like Vincent – Friday Fictioneers, December 2022

Copyright Lisa J Fox

We hung him out to dry, I suppose. 

Not purposely, but when when a fall guy is needed, and an affable dude like Vincent wanders into your cross-hairs… 

Thing was, he hadn’t been the instigator.  Hadn’t even been that much of an active participant really. 

In fact, if I’m honest, he wasn’t even there at the time.

But he couldn’t prove that.  Guys like Vincent generally can’t.  It’s a knack they have.

Anyway he’s out now.

And royally pissed too, I hear.

But guys like Vincent don’t hold a grudge long.

Yet now here’s this gunman.

Looks a bit like Vincent.


One more week to go, and then the days start getting longer. Only a fellow seasonal depressive can understand the impact of turning the corner, even though there may still be plenty of global warming to scrape off your windscreen. We’re on our way! Thanks to Rochelle, the leader of our merry band 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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45 Responses to Guys Like Vincent – Friday Fictioneers, December 2022

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Fun story, Sandra. Just goes to prove: know your patsies


  2. Forestwood says:

    Lots of messages in this fiction story. I liked it even though it didn’t sound like it was going to end well for the narrator.


  3. Forestwood says:

    Here in the south, we are looking to shorter days, but that doesn’t mean they will get cooler until Easter! February is the worst month in Australia.


  4. Tannille says:

    Don’t underestimate the fall guy!


  5. Dear Sandra,

    Guys like Vincent can surprise us, no? In our neck of the woods they’re promising us an arctic blast for the rest of 2022. Ugh. Then again, before you know it we’ll be over winter’s hump and complaining about the heat. Happy birthday tomorrow.




  6. dorahak says:

    Bad luck for him! Looks like Vincent’s not a patsy anymore. You get into the head of this character and take us with you, Sandra! Enjoyed it.


  7. trentpmcd says:

    Nope, I don’t think will hold that grudge much longer. Just long enough to empty the gun into all of the usual suspects.


  8. granonine says:

    The title had me thinking about Van Gogh, but then. . . no, not the artist 🙂 This is a great read; even though it held the reality of violence it had me smiling .

    I’m counting down the days too, Sandra. Not toward Christmas, but to longer days. Usually just a minute or two longer each day, but then every minute counts 🙂


  9. elmowrites says:

    It’s funny how 21 December always felt like a hump to get over in the UK, whereas for us here, it’s the beginning of winter! We’re further south though, so don’t feel the short days as strongly as the cold weather. Either way, I hope you feel brighter soon.
    And yes, sounds like Vincent wasn’t thrilled with his part in the story!


  10. michael1148humphris says:

    It sounds like Vincent will soon be back in prison. Wishing you light and longer days.


  11. CGraith says:

    A great little tale! The tone is perfect for crime mystery. And I am counting the days till the light tips back towards more of it. Thanks for the reminder of how close that is!


  12. James McEwan says:

    Let’s hope Vincent, just for once, has a very strong alibi.


  13. And…things turned nasty I suspect.


  14. Bill says:

    Why am I thinking “when Vincent meets Karen?” Fun story for me. Well done, Sandra. 🙂


  15. I think Vincent held on to that grudge after all. Enjoyable story! Wishing you lots of sun, Sandra.


  16. Dale says:

    Guys like Vincent are affable on the outside and not so simple on the inside. One must be careful of choosing the Vincents as the fall guys. Excellent, Sandra!


  17. Hung him out to dry! So obvious, yet I didn’t see it.
    Great story.


  18. plaridel says:

    he’s got the gun but does he know how to use it. 🙂


  19. Nobbinmaug says:

    Prison seems to be like a cocoon for guys like Vincent. They go in little worms and come out spreading their wings of vengeance. Great job going in a vastly different direction than most of us went.


  20. Doesn’t hold a grudge, eh? I guess that’s true if the other person is dead. Great story, as always, Sandra. I hope the days lengthen quickly.


  21. I’ve heard about this Vincent guy. That’s why I changed the photo on the wiping paper in my story from Vincent to Donald Trump.


  22. msjadeli says:

    Sandra, I love what the image inspired you to write. Captivating.


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