A Worrying Time

“It’s the last time I allow them to book a dinner party in my restaurant,” remarked Pierre Dubois staring in despair at the glass-strewn floor. “One can understand the pride and passion that brick-layers take in their work and one can understand that for some the Flemish bond is the brickwork of the gods while for others it’s only the English bond that’s regularly kissed by the host of angels. But there’s really no need to get physical.”

He looked worried. “Tonight we have the Honourable Guild of Fire-eaters; I’d better check the small print in my insurance policy.”

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42 Responses to A Worrying Time

  1. I thought it might have been the UnFreeMasons…

  2. I don’t know anything about masonry but this was hilarious! Excellent story Patrick!

  3. Nan Falkner says:

    Really enjoyed your story on the prompt. Bricks – funny and really clever. Never thought about the bricks – but you did and you did it well! Thanks, Nan

  4. Sarah Ann says:

    Fantastic that you took the brickwork in the photo for your story. I really enjoyed Pierre’s pondering and hope that he is, indeed, insured against fire-eaters.

  5. Taygibay says:

    I’m more into Flemish Blond myself but very enjoyable nonetheless? 😉

  6. Dear Patrick,

    At least no one was poisoned at Pierre’s. A great take on the prompt.



  7. AnnIsikArts says:

    Unusual take on the prompt. We have and interesting assortment of chimneys here in Kent, tall and similar to Hampton Court. It’s blowing a storm outside and the wind is howling down our chimney. Earlier, the sound of an ambulance or police car was channeled down into our living room, like something out of Harry Potter. Your restaurateur had better hide the matches and candles … 🙂

    • Thanks for comment. Chimneys sound really interesting. We are just south of Manchester so weather is relatively kinder.

      • AnnIsikArts says:

        We are ‘safe’ from flooding here. I feel sorry for those poor souls who are homeless and have been flooded out several times. Of course, with the destruction of habitats and food crops (and future food crops) there’s going to be a knock-on effect all over the UK. Our chimneys are not like Hampton Court’s – we don’t have a stately home! Ann

  8. This had a lot of interesting detail for a flash fiction story. Very funny also.

  9. Hi Patrick,
    It’s always fun to learn something new, so learning about brickwork patterns was a bonus your story offered. It’s interesting that you would post this now, because I just watched a special of the brickwork pattern of the Duomo in Florence and how the pattern keeps the dome from being pulled down by gravity. Very fascinating indeed, that and your story, which you also developed as a story about an embattled restaurant. That’s a lot going on in such a short space. Ron

    • Hi Ron, It’s funny where this writing lark leads one. I shall no longer be able to walk past a building without giving it’s brickwork the once over. Probably get arrested. I’ll Google the Duomo in F and check it out. Thanks for visiting.

  10. Nice. Quite a different and interesting take on the prompt. Well-penned.

  11. Liz Young says:

    You wrote about the brickwork! Well done – I love it.

  12. A great and unique take!

  13. Sandra says:

    Nice to see a different take on the prompt Patrick, good work.

  14. storydivamg says:

    You just can’t trust those masons. I hope the coming evening’s fare has plenty of bananas foster and cherries jubilee to keep the fire eaters occupied. 🙂


  15. K.Z. says:

    lol a worrying time indeed 🙂 would hate to be in his shoes. happy valentines day.

  16. Perry Block says:

    Well, I suppose it’s a great way to lose weight …..

  17. pattisj says:

    Sounds like a hot night at Pierre’s place.

  18. vbholmes says:

    Pierre was really playing with fire when he booked his next group–unless, of course, he’s liking the idea of remodeling on the insurance company’s buck. Many possibilities here–fun.

  19. Jan Brown says:

    Gotta watch out for those fire eaters! 🙂

  20. Lewis Cave says:

    I’ll be honest, fire eater freak me out!. Good story!

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