Rodney asked him to watch his pretzel cart while he took a break.

It was another humid night. Larry sat on the wall and rested his weary feet. He looked up at the statue with the Rockefeller building behind it.

A huge white face with white hands covering the eyes. Ain’t that the truth, Larry thought, refusing to see what was right in front of them.

Rodney arrived back, ‘Pretzel?’

‘Sure,’ Larry accepted and took one. ‘Where you from, Rodney?’

‘Queens. You?’

‘Costa Rica.’

‘The country?’


‘Huh.’ Rodney and Larry looked up at the artwork. ‘Soda?’


Copyright Roger Bultot

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.


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  1. Nice take. It’s amazing how often people can forget that California used to be part of Mexico, that most people who live in America are descendants of immigrants, often “illegal” immigrants, that humanity’s origins can be traced back to Africa, everybody, that we’re all human and fundamentally the same.

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  2. A nice contemplative story. I like the natural feel of it and the camaraderie between the two characters. There certainly is far too much … “refusing to see what was right in front of them” from those disconnected from real life. Those living in ivory towers.

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  3. This is another one where you have to pay attention to the title or else it just seems like a nice slice of life, which is good, but the title tells you what’s really going on. Well done and ever so timely.

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  4. What a great story, Iain! On one level, it’s an inconsequential tale of two friends chatting while business is slack. But you give us a title, and a comment on the artwork featured in the prompt, and it immediately becomes a political story, and a beautifully precise one. And I love the subtlety of having Larry be an immigrant – presumably illegal – from Costa Rica – within sight of the statue that is hiding its eyes and not seeing him.

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