VIEW ASKEW

‘He’s very proud of it,’ Agnes looked out the kitchen window, sipping from her G & T.

Her friend, Winnie, peered out alongside her.

There were a series of bumps and bangs from the skewed wooden shed, before Archie emerged from the door.

‘At least it’s kept him occupied for the summer.’ Winnie commented. ‘It’s very unique.’

Archie threw excess wood and tools in a heap outside the shed and stood looking at his creation.

Not bad at all, he thought, for a first attempt. The angled walls, the imbalanced roof, the squint window, they all added to the character.

Now he had his own space, somewhere to escape to when Winnie came round for afternoon drinks with Agnes. A lick of paint, a bit of furniture, he could retire to the shed and watch the game on the portable TV with a cold beer.

A squirrel scurried up the tree next to the shed and hopped onto the slanted roof.

Archie heard the ominous creak.

After the dust settled, Agnes poured Winnie a top up. They watched Archie pick himself up and dust himself off, before charging after the small squirrel, profanity turning the air blue.


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Copyright Susan Spaulding

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Susan Spaulding. For more details visit HERE.

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

The continuing adventures of Agnes and Archie can be found here: THE AGNES AND ARCHIE STORIES.

37 responses to “VIEW ASKEW”

  1. A very chuckle-worthy take Iain. I’m guessing Archie is Frank Spencer’s Scottish cousin?

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    1. Something like that, although I imagine without the innocent charm!

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  2. Oh this was great Iain. Squirrel BBQ I think!

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    1. If he catches it Di 🙂

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  3. LOL. Thats got to one of the best stories!

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    1. Thank you Darnell 🙂

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      1. Yes. One of the best stories!

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  4. Back to the drawing board, Iain?

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    1. One thing about Archie, he won’t give up!

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  5. hahaha. I enjoy your Agnes and Archie stories. Never a dull moment with those two. I don’t who I feel more sorry for–Archie or the squirrel if he catches it. Good one, Iain 🙂

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    1. Knowing Archie’s luck, he’ll never catch the squirrel! Thank you 🙂

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  6. Great take on the Man Cave–now a Man Cave-in! 😀

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  7. Oh poor Archie! I’ll bet Agnes and Winnie will never let him live this one down. A squirrel!

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    1. Thanks Janet – you know Agnes will keep reminding him!

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  8. Now that’s funny.

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  9. That’s one clever squirrel, trained by the wife?

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    1. Ha, good conspiracy theory Michael! 🙂

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  10. Iain, my first though when I posted the photo was, what a lovely she-shed it would make. I guess we all want a place to call our own. I just know I won’t let Archie build mine . Enjoyed your take on the prompt.

    Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan – keep Archie away from any DIY work!

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  11. Haha nice one! You had me at G&T 😆

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    1. Haha, cheers Cynthia! 🙂

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  12. 😹😹😹😹😹😹 Good one! It takes all kinds of nuts.

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    1. Thank you – Archie is very nutty!

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  13. 😁😁😁.. I kept laughing and forwarded to my son to enjoy the read.

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    1. Ha, thank you – I hope he laughed too! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Neel, good to know you enjoyed 🙂

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  14. This slanted structure could not take a squirrel’s weight and came crumbling down? Well! this may keep him busy for several summers. A very unique take on the prompt.

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    1. Thank you – he’ll definitely try again!

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  15. Ha ha ha, his man cave caved in!

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