Friday Fictioneers: Bored To Death

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by published author Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt photo is from M.G. Stratford, over at Being MG.

Apart from prep and formatting (which includes yesterday, when I got the story idea), I spent only 28 minutes on this.

“Bored To Death”
100 words

Photo Copyright © Marie Gail Stratford

We were a juvenile little gang.  But one that walked the line.  Derek would surprise us with his ability to turn homework into ironic gems.  Randy lived up to…Randy, nearly getting into trouble more times than I can remember.  Me?  I had ideas, but a “wimp.”

It ended so suddenly.

Barely old enough to drive, one day, we found a seemingly-abandoned silo.  Derek was curious, Randy couldn’t say no… and I stayed in the car.


Then I heard the coughing.  By the time I knew something was wrong, it was too late.  The silo wasn’t abandoned.  It was recently filled.

For those who don’t know, silos recently filled with feed can have up to 10,000 parts per million of nitrous dioxide, a gas so deadly Federal workplace regulations put just 50 at an “immediate hazard.”  For more info, here’s a CBS News article…from 2002.

Friday Fic participation is welcome to all.  The goal is to write a story, beginning-middle-end, in 100 words or less based on the prompt photo.  You are also encouraged to “think outside of the box.”

Click here to add yours or see what others have written for the prompt.

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


20 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Bored To Death

  1. Very sad. Looks like “wimp” was the safer choice in this case.

    We get the occasional death in this country of someone who has gone/fallen into one of these things and succumbed to the fumes.

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  2. Such a sad story, but great information. It never occurred to me that lactic acid fermentation also causes nitric oxides to be formed. And so I just learned that two to three people die every year from silo gases in Germany, too. A good story.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by and reading my story.

    Love the title and the twist. I’m a huge fan of the twisted ending.

    LOL! I look forward to contributing as soon as I figure out what linx is all about.


    1. The inlinkz is easy. Click the link and you’ll see all the contributions. There, on the bottom left is the link to add yours—URL, title, email, and an option to add a custom image. That’s it. No registration necessary.


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