Letter to the Editor

This for Rochelle Wishoff-Fields’ 100 word Friday Fictioneers challenge.

Picture copyright: Jan Wayne Fields

Picture copyright: Jan Wayne Fields

Dear Editor,

I must protest most strongly at the tone used in yesterday’s piece on the assassination of hunt master Laurence Faultinroy (Feral Foxes Fang Faulti).

I can reassure you that Lord Faultinroy died with a smile on his face; after all he was someone who believed in nature, red in tooth and claw, and who hated the idea of dying peacefully in bed.

As one who has lost two vixens and eight cubs to the hunt, I was part of the panel deciding on Faulti’s fate and can confirm that his sentence was not given lightly.


(Name and den provided)

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50 Responses to Letter to the Editor

  1. Sun says:

    tough work for the editor…and brilliant take on the prompt. love those Anonymous writers…

  2. Sarah Ann says:

    That is such a fab headline. If only foxes could talk and write and be heard. Very funny and clever. Enjoyed this one a lot.

  3. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Patrick, I read your link and it was awesome too – and I love this one too! Good job! Nan 🙂

  4. rgayer55 says:

    I really enjoyed this one, Patrick. Chalk one up for the foxes.

  5. Miranda Alcock says:

    There once was a brother named Patrick At 60 he called it a Hatrick For the big sevenO To the beach he did go And for this one He’s charging his Batterick

    Lots of love

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Patrick, clever on many counts… the use of the print, the story itself, the fox and the writer… wonderful job.

  7. kestrel sparhawk says:

    Very satisfying in lots of ways — so tongue in cheek, but at the same time, justice is done — the quote from Hobbes is so relevant, and the tone of the letter spot on. I know the limits of drabbles kept this away, but if you ever feel so moved at another picture, I’d love to know more about the trial!

  8. Pat says:

    *snort* —- I’m positively immersed in this piece — wonderfully imaginative!

  9. storydivamg says:

    Dear Patrick,
    This one is clever in all the write–I mean, right–ways. “Red in tooth and claw” works beautifully here, especially juxtaposed to the ending statement concerning the decision over Faultiroy’s fate.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  10. Dee says:

    Great take on the prompt and well done for using the print of the hunt.
    Very cleverly done.

  11. Kind of twisted there Patrick 😉 So cunning, no wonder he found himself mixed up in an assassination. Ah well justice served.

  12. misskzebra says:

    Very amusing! Definitely cheered me up after some of the other pieces I have read (and written…)!

  13. An amusing and ironic twist on the norm. Good story and well done Patrick

  14. Patrick, Well I guess that was one fox who told it as it was. That was really a turn-about and seen as fair play. It was very clever to pick up on the picture above the desk. Humorous and well-written story. 🙂 —Susan

  15. Hurray for the fox! Fox hunts strike me as an exercise in cruelty so he got what he deserved. Very funny, too me a read or two to get it.

  16. someone cannot shoot straight, if i read it correctly.
    Maybe like the gang who couldn’t shoot straight?

  17. Nice twist on the prompt. I have a high opinion of foxes and rather loved his indignant tone!

  18. I like how you included the picture of the hunt and the writing desk. Well done, especially because it was written from the perspective of the fox.

  19. I like what you did with the picture. I looked at that and thought – ney. You looked at it and swept us into a wonderful foxy world.

  20. lol … This was pretty good. 😀
    Nice take on the photo prompt!

  21. Dear Editor…I mean Patrick,

    Very clever indeed. I’m smiling and giggling. Love the voice.



  22. Hah, you tell them!!! What an imagination, such a great tale.

  23. Sandra says:

    A big giggle from me. Loved the pompous tones of the foxy correspondent.

  24. Well picked up on the fox-hunt— very good… the twist of the name and den really told it all..

  25. Horus says:

    Nice take Patrick – “Name and den provided” ! 😀

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