Bob tapped in on the 9th green. Level par halfway round.

The children packed off to their grandparents, a romantic weekend ahead with Helen and a quiet round of golf while she finished up at work. This was the life.

As he teed off on the 10th the sunshine faded. Bob looked up. The clear blue sky had filled with ominous clouds.


‘How was golf?’ Helen asked over their dinner at the expensive hotel. ‘Did you get caught in that downpour?’

Bob sneezed into his plate. ‘I’ll sleep on the sofa.’ He blew his nose into his handkerchief.

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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 stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

107 thoughts on “RAIN DELAYS PLAY

      1. I think in Scotland, although perhaps not exactly working class, it is more prevalent and accessible than in some other places. There are still the expensive members only clubs, bit a lot of public courses too that anyone can use.


      2. As you say, Iain, it certainly isn’t in Scotland. There are any number of public courses, including some 9 hole, and a 13-hole masterpiece at Port Bannatyne, as well as free pitch and putt sites in public parks across the country.

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      1. In Ohio it’s the flip of a coin. There’s a saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, wait a few hours.” We can have bitterly cold winters and scorchingly hot, humid summers. (This year winter has alternated between cold and warm.) Tornadoes occur, but are pretty rare.

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      2. More dramatic than Scotland, four seasons in one day is common here, but rarely at the extreme end of the scale, so a sunny day having a heavy shower of rain is pretty common. Thanks for commenting.

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  1. Nothing worse than when plans go awry. Stolen weekends are few and far between for parents of young children…
    Then again, with him laid up, she can do whatever she wants…

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    1. Shame on you, Dale. 🙂
      I suppose their lovemaking would have been such a chore that she would have preferred cleaning the toilet with a toothbrush to lying in bed with him.

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      1. Ha ha! No, but…one must look at the silver lining in this case. She is not going to waste this precious time sitting on her duff – unless that is exactly what she wants to do! Definitely no cleaning gonna go on here…

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  2. Drats! Those precious weekends away upended by cruel fate. I booked in a night at a cheapish hotel for my husband and I after his work party when our kids were small. I accidentally booked twin share and then developed a violent bout of gastro. I’m sure cupid must have an evil twin.
    Great story.
    xx Rowena

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  3. Nothing like a good potential game of golf ruined by weather. One of our broadcasters in America is Dave Feherty, one of the funniest golf commentators. One of his comments during the game is something like this — “Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like watching a drunk chasing a balloon near the edge of a cliff.”

    Five out of five bogeys.

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  4. Golf and for him while she was at work the whole day. And then dinner. A treat! After that, the excuse. Hmmmm. Was he actually being nice and giving her some much needed space? 😀
    So much in just a 100 words! Great work, Iain.

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  5. Isn’t that just the way, though? You finally get away for a real vacation to do all those fun things, only to collapse and spend the entire time making up for lost sleep. Ah well, as others have said, at least she can do something relaxing — and he can be sick in peace and quiet, for a change.

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      1. Yep. I’m coming down with a bad cold right now — not bad enough to keep me from work (not with this crazy deadline we’re working on), but probably it will hit just in time to ruin my weekend. SIGH.

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  6. LOL! Had to laugh at him, though I do feel a bit sorry for him. But hey he should have known. A romantic getaway doesn’t mean you leave your wife and go play golf. I think he learned his lesson! 🙂

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