EMIGRANTS

‘Good lord,’ Archie exclaimed. ‘Have you seen what they’ve done to that turret roof?’

Agnes sighed, not looking up from her newspaper. ‘Yes, dear. I saw it when the scaffolding came down last night.’

‘It’s one thing to stick ghastly turret extensions on their house, quite another to have one in gaudy bright colours.’ Archie turned away from the window. ‘It’s hardly in keeping with the surroundings, is it? Typical foreign vulgarity’

‘They’ve invited us round for dinner tomorrow.’ Agnes said.

Archie paused. ‘Good,’ he conceded. ‘About time we got to know some of the locals now we’ve settled in.’


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© Sandra Crook

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

71 responses to “EMIGRANTS”

  1. And thus do we fool ourselves. Nicely donem Iain

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    1. Thanks Neil, wasn’t sure I’d got my point across, but that’s a reassuring reaction, as intended.

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  2. Dear Iain,

    Let me guess. Roger and Helen are Americans. 😉 Love the twist at the end. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle – I think they could be British or Americans, both can have similar attitudes sometimes! 🙂

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      1. Speaking as an American with a lot of friends living here from Europe and Canada, I can vouch that those groups are just as bad when they move here — everything is *objectively* wrong if it’s not exactly what they had back home!

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    2. I was going to say “Americans” as well, particularly Californians. They move into a new place and immediately want it to conform to their personal standards.

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  3. I got it…A very nice subtle hint. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Joy, glad you appreciated it 🙂

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  4. Ah, gentrification. I expect we’ll be seeing a lot of this sort of thing in Washington soon enough. Nicely done.

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  5. Like how you turned it round there at end. Nice.

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  6. Subtle, but very well told. It made me smile. 🙂

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  7. Nice twist–xenophobia on the road!

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    1. Ha, I like that description! Thanks 🙂

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  8. He’s going to do down like a lead balloon with his neighbours. C’est la vie. Nicely done.

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    1. Maybe he will learn with time- I suspect not though… Thanks Sandra

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  9. Hah! Got a straight-out guffaw from me!

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    1. Thanks Dale, glad it gave you a laugh 🙂

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  10. Bless Roger for not wanting to pass on a free dinner! Great little tale, Iain – Roger’s voice is so strong too. Nicely done

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    1. Maybe meeting the locals will bring Roger round, especially if they serve good food! Thanks Lynn.

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      1. Ha! Yes, let’s hope good food warms him up 🙂

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  11. Oh I love how you brought this full circle!

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  12. Very well done sir, and not very PC. I love it.

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  13. Ha! The end caught me off guard. Kudos.

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    1. Thanks Alicia glad I managed a unseen twist 🙂

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  14. it was a good start for the couple. maybe they should bring something, too, in addition to themselves. 🙂

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    1. Good idea! Thanks 🙂

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  15. Ha, all his comments made him sound like they’d lived there for decades, nice turn-around 🙂
    Great dialogue.

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    1. Thanks, glad the dialogue worked as intended! 🙂

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  16. Hypocrisy exemplified. Its so ridiculous, especially when you note that he is the foreigner here!

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    1. Thanks, afraid we see that sort of hypocrisy all too often!

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  17. Prejudice will always yield to self-interest!

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    1. Thanks Lizy, I agree we are only prejudiced when it suits us to be so.

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  18. Cough. That could have been me, first time abroad, talking about German bread being the very best, and the beer… I think there may be hope for Roger. Fun story, gave me a good chuckle.

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    1. Thanks, I like to think there is hope for Roger too! 🙂

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  19. This made me smile Iain. Like you, I had neighbours attracted to that roof!

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    1. Thanks Mike, yes we went in similar directions with this one – although you added naked orgies to yours!! 🙂

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  20. People always have to have opinions don’t they?

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    1. I think he’ll become round to liking it eventually 🙂

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  21. Well written, I hope he learns more about his neighbours!

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    1. I’m sure he will. I have hope for Roger. Thanks for reading.

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  22. Haha – loved this one Iain 😀

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    1. Many thanks, glad it gave you a laugh 🙂

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  23. Brilliant. I hope some of the Rogers of this world see it, read it and ruminate on it.

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    1. Thanks, more importantly let’s hope some of those Rogers change their way of thinking!

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  24. Loved that change of perspective towards the end.

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    1. Many thanks, glad you liked it 🙂

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  25. Ha! Great twist… well handled.

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  26. Ethnocentrism at it’s finest!

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    1. Absolutely. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  27. People seem to come around when they get to know each other. Just taking the first step -that seems to be the real task.

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    1. I think Roger will too. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  28. Great twist at the end, great humour.

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    1. Thanks Michael, much appreciated.

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  29. A clever bait and switch, Lain. I think, frankly, you see this behavior from anyone, anywhere… depending on the circumstances. Nice job delivering the details.

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    1. Very true Dawn, and you see it far too much. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  30. Oh yes… this is so apt at these times….

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    1. It sums up a lot of things going on in the world…unfortunately. Thanks Bjorn.

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  31. Helen’s a nice contrast for Roger. She’s got him all figured out, I think. Well told.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Yes, I think Helen knows exactly how to handle him!

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  32. It seems the thought of food changed his outlook. His wife seems to be used to his changes in attitude. Great humor and good writing, Iain. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne – I think is wife knows he likes a moan… 🙂

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