Anniversary Special

This is a special for Rochelle and all of those bloggers who make participating in Friday Fictioneers such a delight. If you haven’t met Rochelle yet, go visit – find her here

The Gig

Image copyright: Ron Pruitt

Image copyright: Ron Pruitt

We spent all night in the bus station queue; this was something we weren’t going to miss; this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Two blocks away the coaches were fuelling up, heavily tattooed drivers filling their flasks with sugar-free organic latte, checking their humus and cucumber sandwiches. No way were they going to be late, to let us down.

None of us slept. The excitement was palpable. We spoke softly to each other, kindnesses emerged.

A stray group passed by, “This for the Rolling Stones free concert?”

“Nah,” we said, “It’s for Queen Rochelle’s third anniversary. And serial writers not allowed.”

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58 Responses to Anniversary Special

  1. Looks like it’s a healthy tribute, Patrick. Great twist at the end. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

  2. That made me LOL; good tribute to our Queen, Patrick.

  3. Margaret says:

    Imagine the fun – the singalongs, the constructive comments one to another as they travelled along. And imagine the heavy editing going on in the back seat – steamy!!

  4. Amy Reese says:

    Haha. Love it, Patrick. I want a cucumber and hummus sandwich. Is there one for me?

  5. rogershipp says:

    HaHaHa… great job!

  6. ansumani says:

    Kindness emerged , even though many created serial killers in 100 words 🙂 Nice tribute to FF !

  7. can cereal killers get on?

  8. Nice twist. And the bus is full…

  9. That was a really creative take on the prompt! Loved the bit about the “heavily tattooed drivers filling their flasks with sugar-free organic latte, checking their hummus and cucumber sandwiches.”
    Also, loved your comment about “kindnesses emerged.”
    Beautifully written!

  10. Great take on the prompt, but I guess I’m not welcome at the party since I too am guilty of a serial. But what if I solemnly promise never to do it again. 😉 Pretty please…

  11. Captures the spirit of FF beautifully!

  12. Dale says:

    What a great take on the prompt! Fun stuff indeed. And yes, lots of kindness in this bunch! Must be thanks to our bus driver…

  13. paulmclem says:

    Creep, lol 🙂

  14. Oh, boy! Did this ever make me smile. Love the lattes and sandwiches. Sign me up for a trip on this bus.

  15. What fun it would be to have a FF get-together in real life, Patrick! Thanks for creating a virtual one.


  16. gahlearner says:

    This is wonderful. I hope there’ll be a similar event next year, though. 🙂

  17. What a funny, uplifting story! We are a strange bunch, indeed. 😀

  18. Lovely! I especially like this: We spoke softly to each other, kindnesses emerged. How true!

  19. HonieBriggs says:

    “We spoke softly to each other, kindnesses emerged.” Imagine the possibilities if that caught on.

  20. Sandra says:

    Grinning from ear to ear. Great take on the prompt Patrick.

  21. Stinging last line! Now I’m off for a latte…

  22. Dear Patrick,

    It goes without saying that I love this. Thank you for being one of my faithful passengers. It’s a pleasure to have you aboard.



  23. Dave says:

    Serial writers drink trendy lattes and eat cucumber sandwiches? Goodness, does that explain a lot!!

  24. ceayr says:

    Clever piece, Patrick.
    No need for The Stones, we have rock n roll with Rochelle.

  25. Ha… yes I sinned once, I did, but i have repented since. I think I would be allowed a pass to the event.

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