A BOOT IN THE…

Talk about kicking someone when they’re down.

No job, no money. Now the car had packed in. What next?

He aimed a kick at the car door and felt the bone in his foot crack.

‘Sonovabitch!’ He crumpled in agony.

‘That’ll be a fracture,’ said a voice from above.

He looked up at the postman.

‘Expert, are you?’ The postman shrugged. ‘Not going to help me up?’

‘Sorry mate, got my rounds to do.’ The postman handed him a letter and walked off.

‘Bastard.’ Letter from a publishing house. Another rejection no doubt.

He opened it:

‘We would be delighted to meet you with the view to taking this forward to publication.’

‘Sonovabitch,’ he smiled.

Copyright Stayinclayjars

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

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66 responses to “A BOOT IN THE…”

  1. Yay! A promising letter at last. Excellent interpretation!

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  2. Well something positive happened too. 👍🏼

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    1. He was due some good news 🙂

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  3. Dear Iain,

    That boot certainly has a silver lining. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Well it looks like he has something to look forward to. Great take, Iain

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    1. Thank you, hope you’re well 🙂

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      1. You’re most welcome. I’m good. I just got back to blogging after a very long hiatus.

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      2. Good to see you back 🙂

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  5. Great twist. Loved it!

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  6. There’s always something to look forward to. Sometimes good fortune finds you, sometimes you reach out and it’s there.

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  7. Hopefully he’ll survive to see it in print…

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    1. Ha, yes, hopefully his bad luck has passed!

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  8. Just the medicine he needed

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    1. We all do need some medicine at the moment

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  9. Haha. That was a fun read. Loved the way it turned out in the end.

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  10. A chastised foot, fortunately it was not the hand

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    1. He’ll need them for all the edits! Thanks Michael

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  11. Now that would make my day, broken foot or no. Actually, I’m sure most writers would volunteer for a broken foot if it got them a letter like that. 🙂 Great job.
    David

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    1. Yes, worth the pain!! Thanks David

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  12. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently Avatar
    Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently

    I hope the fractured foot part is fiction but the publication part is true. I saw one book cover so I’m thinking it is. Great story and love the creative spelling. 😀

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    1. Thanks Andrea, no broken bones here, and one published book 😉

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      1. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently Avatar
        Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently

        Oh good! Happy to hear both! 😊

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  13. Lovely take.
    Hmmmm, that postman is not very friendly.

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  14. Bootiful! His writing career just got a kick-start!

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  15. Happy to know this one publisher didn’t give the story the boot. Alana ramblinwitham

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    1. 🙂 makes a nice change!

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  16. I could relate to your protagonist, Iain. I have felt all of that, except no acceptance letter. Is there such a thing? 🙂 Well told.

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    1. I’ve never seen one myself, but I’ve heard they exist somewhere out there!

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  17. Nice twist, some good news to go with the bad foot!

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    1. Swings and roundabouts.

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  18. Feels like it could be (loosely?) autobiographical? And that’s just how it goes. Nice slice of realism, Iain.

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    1. No broken foot here, thankfully! 🙂

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  19. I loved this! The timely yet unexpected good news made me smile.

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  20. Great story, Iain and I’m so glad his luck is changing. Perhaps, he’d like to go on a date with my ballerina with the broken foot. Might be a match made in heaven.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  21. Good twist when he thought the day was just getting worse 🙂

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  22. most definitely, the good news will ease the pain and the discomfort the fracture my bring. congrats! 🙂

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  23. That would definitely improve even the worst of days.

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  24. Off to kick the car door….

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    1. See if it brings you luck!

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  25. Some good luck at last! And it sounds like it’s very needed

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  26. A letter I would like to get one day!

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  27. Laughed. Liked the good news story and kicking the car (tyres) seems to be a theme this week 😁

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  28. Finally a ray of sunshine 🙂

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  29. This is quite believable, Iain 🙂

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  30. Thank you Ian for this very entertaining piece.

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