Archie strolled back from the shop, newspaper under his arm. Another fine Mediterranean morning.

In the campervan, Agnes was still in bed. Archie settled down in his seat to read the headlines.

Iran had retaliated against America with missile fire. A commercial aeroplane had gone down.

He turned the page.

Bush fires in Australia. Not enough rain. Floods in Indonesia. Too much rain.

He couldn’t face it. ‘Darling, I was thinking. Should we extend the holiday for a few more days?’

‘Yes, dear,’ came the muffled response. ‘The real world will be waiting for us when we’re ready.’

Well, maybe, Archie thought.

Copyright CE Ayr

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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.

A Happy New Year to you all, I trust everyone had a good festive season and all the best for 2020!

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85 responses to “EXTENDED VACATION”

  1. I don’t think I’m sure what the real world is any more. And that was the quickest explanation of an aircraft disaster I’ve seen in a long time. Topical, Iain. Sadly.

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  2. Depressingly realistic, Iain, even without a mention of Brexit.
    I don’t read a newspaper or watch the news, I was unaware of two of the four calamities you mention.

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    • Or the Impeachment. Plenty of fun times ahead. I wish I could switch off the news, but somehow it feels wrong to plead ignorance as a defence…


  3. Dear Iain,

    As one of the characters in FOTR said, “Let the outside world break their own heads.” Archie’s thoughts mirror those of many of us across the globe. Well done. Make room for my camper.



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  4. That’s why I don’t read the news. In America, we’ve given up on reality in favor of reality TV. That is, of course, our government. This whole Iran mess is just to distract us from the impeachment.

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  5. And a Happy New Year to you, despite all the bad news flooding us.
    It’s so much easier to close eyes and ears, isn’t it? But I feel it is our duty to stay informed, to know when it’s time… to do what exactly, I’m not sure. Can it go on like this much longer?
    Very good story.

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  6. Unfortunately, the happenings in the real world are unrelentingly tragic. Every other day I declare, I’m not reading the news today. But, it doesn’t stick. I enjoyed this one, and especially the last line. No one is ready for what’s happening in the real world.

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  7. Very timely topic, Iain. What a viscious cycle we live in. So many of our world “leaders” (I use that word lightly) are crazy stupid. We might as well be camping when they blow up the world. At least we’d have a few moments of peace before the end.

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    • Thanks Siobhan. Fortunately Archie and Agnes don’t exist in a world of such sinister thoughts – they’re just a normal couple trying to cope with the world like the rest of us!


    • I spotted your review Dawn. Thank you so much for reading it and ficing it a review, really does mean a lot. I’m very happy with a 4 star review! Maybe the final book in the trilogy will crack that 5 star review 😉 Hopefully be ready before the summer, 2/3 of the way through the first draft just now.


      • I don’t know that you will ever get a five star from me. The dystopian type story is really not my cup of tea. I must say, however, you made it very easy for me to see this future as a realistic one. You stayed away from gimmicky devices and made it more about the characters. I DO want to know what happens to Danny and Gabriella, and even Phillips, is he a good guy or a bad guy? Looking forward to the final part of the trilogy.

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