Friday Fictioneers: Good Neighbors

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt photo is from La La of tales of a charm city chick, via Amy Reese.

I had a few ideas…but April Fools was just two days ago.  So the theme here involves neighbors and pranks…

99 words


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Photo Copyright © Lauren Moscato

Each year, Calvin and Wendell were the “butt of the joke” of the neighbors next door.  “Surprise!” the neighbors yelled.  The two didn’t ask for the pranks—the spring-loaded boxing glove in the mail box, the giant dragon balloon no one could figured how it got into the living room.

This year, Calvin decided to get back at them.

“It’s a bit much, don’t you think?” said Wendell.

“Have you ever pranked anyone?”

“No.”

“Exactly.  You don’t know what ‘too much’ is.”

The following day, two police officers arrived at their door.

“You’re lucky he survived the fall. …Who removes stairs?”


Participation is welcome to all.  The goal is to write a story, beginning-middle-end, in 100 words or less.  You are also encouraged to “think outside of the box.”

Click here to view the inLinkz for what others have written for the prompt, or add one.

Visit Addicted to Purple for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers page, stories, and artwork.  You can follow her blog for the prompt each Wednesday.

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18 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Good Neighbors

  1. That’s a serious prank! Great ending. Just a suggestion – I think this sentence needs rewording – the giant dragon balloon no one could figured how it got into the living room.

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    1. It took long enough to craft that sentence alone—the intricacies and difficulties of the English language (at least for me). If I were to spell out the long-form construction for sentences like this, it would have exceeded the word limit. Rewriting it on the spot, I’d break into two sentences:

      “…the spring-loaded boxing glove in the mail box, the giant dragon balloon.  To this day, no one’s figured out how it got into the living room.”

      (makes 101 words total…too late, now)

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  2. Well, one good prank deserves another. Poor Calvin and Wendell were pushed to the limit and those neighbours deserved some comeuppance. Perhaps removing the stairs was taking thins a bit too far, though. Haha. Great story. 🙂

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