‘You don’t think the mountain range is enough to keep them out?’

‘Nope,’ Frank spat as he knocked in the last fence post.

‘But if they manage to get over that,’ Giles pointed to the tall peaks in the distance, ‘then this fence isn’t going to stop them.’

Frank threw down the hammer and looked at his son-in-law. ‘Point is, my property is clearly demarcated now. If they Yankees step onto it, then I’m within my rights to take action.’

Giles made a mental note to make sure the Care Home didn’t keep any weapons on the property.

Copyright Russell Gayer

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.

Struggling for inspiration and time with this prompt, but here’s to a Happy New Year and all the best for 2019 to you all!

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  1. Short and sweet, but you can still tell a lot about the character from it. You’re such a great writer- I’m surprised you were lacking inspiration.

    Happy new year!

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  2. At least he’s putting up the fence himself. ;p
    I really enjoyed reading this, possibly because it reminds me of a few older family members I have. (Farming families are filled with old men building fences to keep things out.)

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  3. It is good that the senior citizen is keeping himself busy in the retirement home. wish they do not keep any weapons. It would be dangerous.

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  4. I canna lie… I did let out a chuckle.
    And those Yanks would be best to remember us Canucks burned down their Whitehouse… so they should keep to their side of the fence.

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  5. Iain, I just finished reading your new book, A Justified State. I could hardly put it down! Chillingly prophetic and believable in the not-too-distant future. Great writing, and congratulations.

    As for this week’s FF, you created two sympathetic characters who are not quite in sync with each other. Both are believable. I think the older generations will identify more easily with Frank, the younger with Giles. Excellent dialogue, really puts the point across.

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    • Thank you so much, so good to hear such positive words! Do spread the word and if you are on Goodreads or Amazon a little review is always welcome if you have time. The aim is to have a sequel later in the year so look out for news of that! Look forward to another year of reading and writing 🙂

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  6. Wonderful story as always. Giles is a good son-in-law, not bursting his father’s bubble, just making sure he’s safe. That’s all we can ask for, to have family around to make sure we don’t hurt ourselves when we enter that stage of life. 🙂

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  7. I love these two, they feel so real. Maybe Giles could buy his FIL a watergun? 😀
    A happy new year to you, too, and congrats on the book.

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