Archie stretched up and swung the hammer, managing to nudge the satellite dish.

‘How about now?’ he shouted through the window.

Agnes checked the television. ‘Still nothing.’

Archie sighed. He was not going to miss the first live football match in four months because the satellite signal was on the blink.

He made another lunge upwards. The hammer made solid contact. With a creak the dish toppled over.

Agnes watched the dish drop passed the window. There was some swearing. Then the ladders fell backwards and clattered onto the ground.

Archie’s feet dangled in air.

‘Everything alright, dear?’ Agnes called.

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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). After over three months, football (soccer) returns to the UK tonight – albeit in empty stadiums – another sign that things are gradually getting back to some sort of normality.

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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92 responses to “GETTING BACK TO NORMAL”

  1. Great story, Iain. Really made me chuckle. Apparently, the hospital emergency rooms have been spared a lot of accident and drunken fight type injuries during lock down and there weren’t typical nights in emergency.
    We’re coming out of lock down here in Australia. There have been some cases in Victoria but largely no local cases ust people returning from overseas. We went back to church for the first time last weekend and that was great, although not everyone was social distancing and it felt weird dodging hugs. It’s the first time I’ve ever played hard to get.
    Best wishes,

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    • Ha, it’s hard to social distance when you see others not observing it, but I hope they understand. Glad you liked the story. Here in the UK hospitals did see a rise in DIY household accidents as those stuck at home decided to do home improvements – whether qualified to or not!


  2. If customer service over there is anything like it is over here, Archie took the less painful path. A fall might break his body, but calling customer service will break his soul.

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  3. I laughed out loud on this one, Iain! SO true, especially when it comes to adjusting antennae in the bad weather.

    You get my first “five out of five” for the week — Five out of five broken satellites. 😀

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