CRABBIT

Shovelling the seaweed away, Agnes was not happy.

‘Fourth time this year,’ she muttered and threw a disgruntled stare at the waves lapping against the ineffective flood wall.

Archie pulled up in the hire van. He drove over the seaweed Agnes had spent the last hour gathering into one neat pile.

‘Next lot ready?’ he called, and saw Agnes glaring at him.

‘It was.’

Not for the first time, Archie wondered what he had done to upset her.

A bewildered crab scuttled in front of Agnes, searching for a way back to the rock pools. She prodded it on its way with a mutter.

What a year.


Copyright Sandra Crook

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.

The continuing adventures of Agnes and Archie can be found HERE.

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70 responses to “CRABBIT”

    1. Thanks Neil, it seems to have gone down well…

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  1. He’s sleeping on the couch tonight 😀. Enjoyed this story, the crab was a nice touch.

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  2. Drat!
    I liked the crab too!

    PS Have you gone all American with Forth, or is it a subtle pun for the Leithites?

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    1. I think it might have been an autocorrect US dictionary thing. Lots of love for the crab 🙂

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    2. Even the Americans write fourth…

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  3. Yep, loving the crab. Nice touch.

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  4. Dear Iain,

    Who’s the bigger crab I wonder? 😉 Loved the “prod.”

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle 🙂

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  5. Oh dear, different perspectives. I felt for all of them – including the crab. Great story, Iain.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  6. They’re back. It’s great to see Archie and Agnes again. Thanks for the early morning chuckle, Iain. The crab was a nice touch 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome. They’re never far away 🙂

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  7. I agree- the addition of the crab was excellent!

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  8. Awesome snapshot! Love the characters. There’s more to this store I perceive. 🙂
    I’m in awe that you got the picture to upload.. I keep getting “unable to upload due to security issues). Won’t download to my desktop, either. Grrr…

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  9. Do they have a dog house? He best get his sleeping bag ready … 😉
    Indeed, quite a year, eh?

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    1. It can only get better next year, I think…

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      1. hope springs eternal … 😉

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  10. The crab was a wonderful bit of humor in a tense situation 🙂

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    1. Thanks – a lot of love for the crab today!

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      1. It was a masterful stroke 🙂

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  11. At least he’s transporting it away, but I get why she’s crabby!

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    1. A lot of folk are after this year. Thanks Liz

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  12. I got the picture, Lucky crab!

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  13. Good snapshot of a relationship. I suspect it won’t get better unless the weather does.

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    1. It does flow with the seasons. Thanks Eugenia

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  14. What a year indeed! I like the portrait.

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    1. Thank you. Here’s to 2021!

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  15. A typical white van man! It’s a good year for crabs I’m told.

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    1. I’m glad someone is having a good year! Thanks Keith

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  16. Aye, what a year indeed! That would be enough to make anybody crabbit.
    Ronda

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  17. Love this…From the title down to the escapee!

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  18. Neil,
    Frustration in a nutshell! But then there’s always perspective from a scuttling crab . . . !

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  19. when wives get crabby and they do, husbands don’t always have a clue. facts of life. 🙂

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    1. Thanks – very true!

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  20. I liked Agnes’s compassion for the crab, helping it on its way with a mutter. It must be very wearing constantly cleaning and repairing after flooding.

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  21. Oh, Archie… Flooding seems to happen more and more frequently these days.
    Swayed by public opinion, I feel I must mention that I loved the crab 🙂

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    1. I may have to bring the crab back, he’s been so popular!

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  22. Crabs and seaweed have had their own freedom this year.
    Hope 2021 will grant us ours…

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    1. Thank you – me too!

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  23. Ha! Ha! Archie is sleeping in the dog house and I too loved that crab.

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  24. Sounds like our New Orleans. One hurricane after another.

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    1. Not quite so bad here, but we get a fair share of storms coming in off the Atlantic.

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  25. It looks like the crab got the worse of it.
    Mmmm … could he be next? ~~~ : – )
    Have a great day … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Not the crab! Thanks Isadora 🙂

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  26. Great story. I love the crab.

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  27. I think Archie might want to scuttle right after the crab. It seems like a good time to go into hiding.

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    1. Best to stay out her way, you’re right!

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  28. What a year indeed! I echo Rochelle’s comment about who was the bigger crab. Good, realistic story.

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  29. A clever take on the photo Iain

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  30. Oh Archie! Sounds like this is a happenstance that occurs often.
    And I love the crab

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  31. Poor crab. Got the worst of Agnes’s mood.

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  32. Iain, this was wonderful! I was going to say simply wonderful, but there isn’t anything simple about it. This feels like heart. Just wow.

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