City Slickers.

The sun is out and I am looking forward to a relaxing warm weekend. Roger Bultot’s photo-prompt reminds me to seek the shade if the sun becomes too hot. Thanks to our host Rochelle for presenting the challenge to write a story for our Friday-Fictioneers, a hundred words of fun. More contributions are available by clicking HERE.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

City Slickers

We were called the city slickers in our faux Louis Vuitton short-sleeved shirts, embroidered ‘Domino Kings’. 
We played in the afternoon shade, sipping mint tea or black coffee, enjoying retirement in the street bustle.
Slowly, our numbers dwindled. Tony went to stay with his daughters in Chicago. 
Charlie’s eyesight is blurry with too much brandy, and Derek is getting his hips replaced.
Rich George is on a Caribbean cruise with Yasmin for two months.

Today, it is just us two playing pontoon. Darren is winning, and he is annoyingly cantankerous about George getting married.

“Hell, the floozy is only twenty-five!”

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39 responses to “City Slickers.

  1. Dear James,

    My guess is Yasmine is more in love with George’s money than anything else. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. I feel I already know these people. Well done!

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  3. Enjoy her while you can Georgie boy!

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  4. Isn’t it fun getting old.

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  5. Ha! Lovely last line. I can see, in my mind’s eye, each of these men.

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  6. So much real-world in this story. Some folks just can’t get through the day without something or someone to complain about. Well done, James.

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  7. This feels very real, and the jealousy over Rich George and his new wife extremely believable. I don’t suppose Daren would mind having a floozy of his own

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  8. Captures the tension and workings of a rich clique really well. I enjoyed this story.

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  9. You create such a great atmosphere, I can see them sitting there. And Darren is just jealous of rich George.

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  10. michael1148humphris

    Characterful with so much life packed into one hundred word,

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  11. That’s life! 🙂

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  12. James, that’s a wonderfully creative opening sentence.

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  13. Oh I love this. The old gang dwindling over time but still cranky and opinionated. Reminds me of my Nana. She keeps saying the oldies are “dropping like flies” around her.

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  14. I see this gaggle of friends! Thanks for introducing them.

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  15. Poor Darren – lucky in dominos but unlucky in lust.

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  16. Poor George. I think this marriage is going to cost him a lot more than he bargained for.

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  17. Everyone’s lives turn out so different. I think they might be a bit envious of George — gold digger and all.

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  18. Isn’t that how it goes… life goes on, people leave (in all sorts of manners) and those left behind are there to remember and try to make do with no changes in their own lives. Well done, James. I could see it.

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