THE GIANT’S POCKET WATCH

Leonard woke and rubbed his head. A few too many last night at the annual Spring Harvest festival. He should have steered clear of the cider.

He put his hand in his pocket to find his watch missing. He must have dropped it on the way home last night.

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Emily looked at the huge metal disc lodged in her front garden. Every minute the huge arm ticked round with a mighty clang. She would have to get in touch with the local council to have it removed.

‘Every year the same,’ she muttered, sweeping the garden path. ‘Pesky giants.’


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© Jennifer Pendergast

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.

86 responses to “THE GIANT’S POCKET WATCH”

  1. …Good job he didn’t drop his phone!

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  2. Dear Iain,

    A modern day Gulliver. Clever story that left me chuckling and smiling.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, I had fun writing it too, glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. Pesky giants! What a fabulous closing line!!!

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  4. I smiled at this story. It’s about time they moved the giants fair out of town, don’t you think.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I think so, bringing down the neighbourhood 🙂

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  5. That’s what I call literally fantastic.

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

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  6. Oh, a funny one this morning! 🙂 Loving it!

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it 🙂

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  7. That was so much fun, Iain! Loved it!

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  8. “Pesky giants”. Didn’t see that one coming. Well done, Iain.

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    1. Thanks James, much appreciated.

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  9. That was funny, at least he didn’t keel over on the way home. That would have been a disaster! 🙂

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    1. Ha, very true! Thanks Siobhan 🙂

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  10. I wonder if the little people place bets on what shows up on their lawns after festival days.

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    1. That would be a good game 🙂

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  11. That was a fun read, and in less than 100 words! I read it twice, I liked it so much😅

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    1. Thank you! Glad you liked it so much 🙂

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  12. That was so much fun. I love the pesky giants. They better watch their steps. Brilliant.

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it 🙂

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  13. Such an annoying bunch, I tell you–can’t steal their stuff or kill (well, I guess one can if one’s Jack and comes across some questionable beans).

    This is so delicious. Not just the chuckle the story produces at the end, but the thoughts it brings to mind. How it reminds us that our casual nonsense can mean serious consequences for others.

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    1. Thanks Magaly, I like it being described as delicious! There’s a moral there too as well as the fun.

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  14. Giants are big on celebrations, I’ve heard. Good one, Iain.

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    1. They like a drink or two, very sociable lot.

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  15. Oh, I love stories of giants, dwarfs and magical creatures.

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  16. Chortle, chortle.

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  17. Love how you’ve captured the two POVs so well. For all we know there might be little creatures living right alongside us. 🙂

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    1. Who knows! Thank you 😉

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  18. A lovely tale, Iain and nicely told. It looks exactly like that, you’re right! Thanks for making me smile

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    1. You’re welcome, thanks Lynn 🙂

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  19. Fun! Great last line, reminds me of the last line of “The Lost Boys”.

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  20. haha I love this!

    I like that I wasn’t aware that the first person was a giant until the end and I was a bit like hang on this is a different story 🙂 Also now I have read it and thought about it, it feels very BFG (from the bits of the film I’ve seen)

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    1. Thanls, BFG definitely in there, a favourite book from childhood. Thanks for the kind comment.

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  21. Loved it! She should be grateful he didn’t throw up!

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    1. Urgh, that would be messy! Thanks Liz

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  22. So funny 🙂 Just as well he didn’t pass out and flatten the house in the process!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, a lucky escape indeed 🙂

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  23. This made me laugh and did remind me of Gulliver which I studied for my thesis at Uni. Originally a satire intended for adults there’s quite a lot of words dedicated to the problems the Lilliputians had when he defecated. They didn’t have enough wheelbarrows and carts to cope with shifting it.

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    1. I remember that from Uni days too. Couldn’t bring myself to include it in this story!

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    2. Hadn’t thought of that, Mick. Not a pretty mental image.

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  24. Funny take – and yes, that does look a bit like a giant’s watch! Drunken giants would be quite pesky indeed; the little people are lucky he didn’t miss and stomp on their house. There should be a law! (I say, thumping my cane on the floor.)

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  25. Funny! I almost went there, thinking something about crushed Lilliputians in Central Park. Then it hit me, us little people, crushed in transit.

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  26. i guess emily should be more understanding. 🙂

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    1. Well, you don’t want to upset the giants by complaining too much 🙂

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  27. At first I thought the title telegraphed the story, I should have known better. Loved it Iain! Don’t mess with a ladies garden

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  28. Iain, this is a gem of a tale! How on earth did you think of it? A drop too much cider perhaps?

    Click to read my 100 words!

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    1. Thanks Keith, I can’t reveal my inspiration, rumours of intoxication are unfounded!

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  29. Hilarious story, Iain. I’m glad he didn’t get sick and throw up. That would have really left a mess on the lawn.

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    1. Although possibly good fertiliser?

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  30. A fun write … I like it. When I read the title I was thinking football.
    Oh my, it’s been over for a while. Anyway, good one.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Ha, I hadn’t though of it that way! Thank you.

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  31. A fun story, well told.

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  32. Wonderful take on an old tale!
    Reinventing the old!

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  33. Great reading, I totally enjoyed it. You have a great talent!

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. You are very kind.

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  34. Good thing it didn’t fall through the roof!

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  35. Very funny and brought a chuckle. Thanks Lain for such a ‘smiley’ story. Absolutely well written.

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    1. Thanks Neel, glad it gave you a smile 🙂

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  36. Well at least this year it didn’t land on any small children.

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    1. That we know about! Thanks for reading.

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  37. Original idea! The giant left his watch behind! Made me smile 🙂

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  38. Giants and city councils, looks like we were on a similar track this week 😀Nice one.

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  39. Good stuff, Iain. Sometimes it’s fun to guess what the picture is going to be after reading the piece. This one was spot on!

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    1. That’s a good way of reading them. Thanks John.

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  40. Cute story…caught me off guard and made me LOL.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, glad it gave you a laugh.

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