IN PRAEPARATIONE

‘Not going to help you much when the flood comes, Noah,’ they sneered at the conspicuous life raft parked in front of the church.

Little did they know. Underneath the building, Pastor Michaels rewired the circuit breaker for the thousandth time. ‘I’ll be ready.’

He took another gulp of moonshine, swayed, tripped over his toolbox and a flailing elbow banged the Master Deployment lever.

He heard the rumblings. ‘Here comes the flood!’ he yelled and passed out.

Across the street they watched as the church raised itself up upon a giant inflatable airbed. A sail unfurled from the cross on the steeple.

The airbed exploded with a loud bang. Splintered wooden planks showered the earth from the heavens.

Copyright Lisa Fox

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).

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40 responses to “IN PRAEPARATIONE”

  1. But the idea was sound

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    1. God or climate change, at least he’s thinking ahead.

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  2. You can’t get the airbeds these days…

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    1. Cheap imports flooding the market…

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  3. Dear Iain,

    Thank you for the morning chuckle. I could picture this. πŸ˜€

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle, aim achieved πŸ™‚

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  4. You had me a bit hopeful… that is, until the end. What a way to go. Gotta watch out for those stills… they’re very unstable. Probably why they’re hidden so far away from the house. LOL!

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    1. It’s a dangerous game πŸ˜‰

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  5. Timing is everything. πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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    1. The pastor has a knack for it πŸ™‚

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  6. Oh dear. So funny, yet very sad at the same time. Reminds me of a paper I did for my master’s–“Alcoholism and the Church.” I found a little book, in my research, called “Staggering Steeples” πŸ™‚

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    1. Great title for a book on the topic! πŸ™‚

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  7. I like how you used the flood (of falling debris) here. The best laid plans of mice and drunks…

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    1. It all made perfect sense in his moonshined mind!

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      1. It always does πŸ˜‰

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  8. As they say, the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley., or something like that!

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    1. Sounds about right! Thanks Keith

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  9. Someone forgot to get the inspector out to see if the airbed could handle the dead load.

    Well done!

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    1. Thanks Miles, I think our dear Pastor may have been skipping some regulations! πŸ™‚

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  10. Great story. And I like the new layout!

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  11. I imagined the scene and had a chuckle. It’s good he was so sauced he didn’t know his plans went awry. Well done!

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    1. Hell of a sore head though! πŸ˜‰

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  12. Fun story, Iain.

    Reminds me that the Ark in Williamstown, Ky. was damaged by excessive rain. They are suing the insurance company. Maybe this Pastor Michaels was part of the design team. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha, that was a great story. Thanks Bill

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  13. This made me laugh. It either served him right or served him wrong depending on the outcome the reader wanted. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Alicia πŸ™‚

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  14. sadly, it didn’t work. but you can’t blame him for not trying. πŸ™‚

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  15. Very interesting story with an unexpected conclusion.

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  16. You had me smiling, what a picture you painted.

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    1. Thanks Michael, job done πŸ™‚

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  17. Oh dear, that moonshine will get you every time! He certainly had a plan but perhaps not a sound one!

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    1. Better to have no plan than a bad one, maybe?!

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  18. Just when it seemed that his preparations were successful.

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    1. Best laid plans! Thanks Bernadette

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  19. If wishes were horses, …. pigs would fly and churches would float away in the sky no debris to shed.

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    1. Perhaps in his drunken dreams!

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