‘Is he still out there?’ Frank asked.

Agnes turned away from the window, ‘He won’t give in. I did tell him the weather forecast.’

It was admittedly crowded in the house, but it made for a cosy atmosphere for their annual reunion.

A howl of wind rattled the windows.

Outside Archie clung to the gazebo as it threatened to take off. He had paid for the damn thing, and he would bloody well put it up.

An hour later he stood under the twisted awning, drinking contentedly from his bottle of beer.

Everyone else remained inside the warm house.

Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

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.

Read more short stories featuring Agnes and Archie: THE AGNES AND ARCHIE STORIES

I’m excited to announce my second novel, ‘State Of Denial’, a sequel to last year’s ‘A Justified State’, will be published on the 27th September 2019.

You can watch the teaser trailer for ‘State Of Denial’ below:

The Amazon Kindle version is available to pre-order now through the following links:

The paperback version will be published simultaneously on the 27th of September.

Thank you to all those who have already bought and read ‘A Justified State’ and for the many kind reviews and comments. I hope you will enjoy the sequel and how the story continues just as much.

For those who want to see how the story begins, ‘A Justified State’ is available now on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle:



97 responses to “DEFINE OBSTINATE”

  1. A little cutting off the nose to spite one’s face going on here! Love it. And we kinda sorta were on the same page, eh?

    Oooh! Looking forward to Part 2!

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  2. A very familiar British BBQ scene well told! Funny as it is true! BTW I just finished reading A Justified State, and am delighted to learn the second of the trilogy is out soon, I very much enjoyed the book and am eager to learn what our characters get up to next. I’ll write an Amazon review when I get back from holiday.

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    • Excellent, thank you so much for reading it, and look forward to your review, always like to get a bit of feedback. Hopefully the 2nd one will live up to the first!


  3. I can sympathize with the man. He did pay for it, and I’m certain he had plans when he did. Plans that nothing, not even Mother Nature, was going to put a stop to!

    So great that the second book is coming soon! I’ll be picking it up for sure.

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    • Thanks Russell – can’t let a bit of inclement weather ruin the BBQ!

      Glad to hear, hope you will like it as much as the first. Just putting the finishing edits to it now 🙂

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  4. A drink in the hand softens can help during a storm. So what if you lose a canopy that you rented, Have another drink and you won’t be so sad about all the money this is going to cost you! Fun story!

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  5. Loved this, Iain. LIke other readers, I felt like I knew Archie. Couldn’t exactly attribute him to someone I know but he’d fit in real well. I could well see myself being a bit like that. You fork the money out and hook or by crook you’re not going to waste it. I have this problem cooking for parties and having all these homemade cakes etc left over at the end and it almost makes me feel sick having so much waste and I try to eat what I can but shouldn’t. Put stuff in the freezer. Give it away. There’s defintiely a bit of Archie in me.
    Congratulations on the book.
    Best wishes,

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    • I too am a bit like Archie – this is slightly based on a real time when we had a full house of guests, bad weather, and a gazebo I still managed to put up in the rain and wind. Fortunately it didn’t end up in such a bad state as the one in the prompt!
      Hope you might get a chance to check out the book, looking forward to hearing what people think of it, Best, Iain


  6. Ah, the joys of the British weather and the gazebo. Why do we do these things to ourselves when it rains so damn much? Made me smile, Iain. And best of luck with the new book launch – fantastic news

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