On the wall hung the cracked television they couldn’t watch because there was no electricity.

The kitchen had an old cooker and refrigerator but without power they were merely  metal cupboards.

And now this.

‘What do you think? Our new bathroom suite.’

‘Where did you get them from?’

‘Found them. Minor defects but perfectly intact. No more hovering over a hole in the ground for us.’

‘We’ll still have to shovel the crap out and there’s no water.’

He looked at their dilapidated cottage with it’s crumbling walls and rickety doors.

‘One step at a time, darling, soon be back to normal.’

Copyright What’s His Name

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.


  1. You’ve given him great optimism, which should help them survive. Now he needs to realise that their waste matter is a resource. Composted for twelve months and they’ll have a clean, odour-free fertiliser!

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  2. Clever story! have to say, I can relate to a certain extent to the story. After a December ice storm, we were left without electricity, without water (we are on a well) and by default, without a working toilet. This lasted for 8 days. At least our walls were not crumbling.

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  3. Reminds me of a house we looked at when it was for sale. The person that bought it got council to inspect it and they gave it the bathroom approval despite nothing being connected to anything. Council ended up having to pay for its connection to sewer. Great story. Thanks for the memory.

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  4. Very nicely done again, Ian! Loved your take on the prompt…I would stick to the optimism here and hope for the best…after all ´Necessity is the mother of all invention´. Who knows what lies in store….Conquering the Apocalypse :):

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