Archie stared at the gift, torn wrapping paper all round. It looked like several bicycles had crashed into each other, a mangled frame with wheels of various sizes attached to it.

‘Wow, that’s… interesting.’

‘Do you like it?’ Agnes smiled at him.

‘What is it?’

Agnes frowned. ‘A puncture repair station. You’re too old to cycle, I thought you’d like to help others if they get into bother. It’s got various sizes.’

‘I don’t know what to say.’ Since Archie had stopped cycling Agnes had wanted him to find another pastime.

‘You’re welcome would be nice.’ Agnes missed having the weekends to herself.

Copyright Ted Strutz

Happy Holidays to all the Friday Fictioneers and those that visit my blog. As always I am eternally grateful for everyone who takes the time to read my offerings. I hope you all have a wonderful break and a Happy New Year.

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.

Other stories featuring Agnes and Archie: THE AGNES AND ARCHIE STORIES.

89 responses to “NOT WHAT I ASKED FOR”

  1. Since I work from home and my husband is retired, I can totally relate! That sculpture looks like it could actually be used for such a device. Another great Archie and Agnes.

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  2. It’s so much fun to read all the different interpretations of Ted’s photo prompt! I enjoyed the creativity of yours, but that last line was a hoot! (Maybe because I’ve been there.) 🙂 Happy New Year!

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  3. Happy New Year! And this is really good. I can’t wait for next week. A week home with the Hubs and I’m ready to crack heads- uh, eggs.

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  4. I missed that prompt, but that structure was quite clever.
    That balance between intimacy and solitude is a challenging one, where it’s hard to find the mark or to be in the same head space at the same time as a couple. My cousin recently invited me up to her place at Blackheath for a week. It’s in the Blue Mountains, which are just beautiful. However, it could’ve been anywhere. Didn’t matter. I needed a break from the lot of them here. As it turned out, my cousin and I clicked so well that we ended up in our own zone and talked and shared so much that I barely had a chance to let my family know I’d arrived safely. However, we could appreciate each other as individuals, not through the lens of being Mum. She’s 83 and I’m in my late 40s and yet there was no distance between us. She is actually what I call my “family history cousin” and while we’re not that closely related, we are two peas in a pod and have so much in common. It has always amazed me like when you find twins who were separated at birth and find out they have so much in common.
    Anyway, human relationships are so intriguing.
    Best wishes,

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