Friday Fictioneers: Never
“When hell freezes over,” he said.
“I don’t think so,” I said. “You’ll meet some girl from some farm town and fall head over heals.”
I was the only woman he’d brought home to meet his parents, but we were good friends. Neither of us were romantically interested in the other.
Benny emphatically insisted he’d never get married. I knew better.
One day he broke the news. “I’m getting married.”
Of his friends, I was the only one who believed him.
On February 2, it was -27 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but for Benny, it was a warm day in Heaven.
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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge to write a 100 word story from a photo prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, anyone can play. Click HERE to read other Fictioneers’ stories.
And how wonderful is that? Best friends just know, don’t they?
As I was writing this, I missed him. It’s been along time, I wish I knew how to find him. It would be fun to see how they are doing.
I did try google and Facebook, but no go.
Damn… I hope you do find him!
I’m not sure I remember how to correctly spell his last name. It’s French and something like Moran. Oh well.
Moran is an Irish name 😉 I know because I work with one who takes pride in it 😉
French, would maybe be Morin?
Nope. Tried. Didn’t work.
I could also be slightly mispronouncing it. It has been a long time.
Nice try. Thanks for the suggestion.
The warm day in heaven might indicate she’d killed him
Oh, aren’t you evil.
Sorry, but I see a very happy ending. ;0)
Either a happy day for him, or she’s done him in…
Mmm, there have been a few men who are ready to do poor Benny in.
Good thing he’s my friend and not yours.
She had some trouble letting go…!
Oh my goodness. There have been a few men who thought this.
Evidently, I don’t think like a man. (Not sure if that’s good or not.) ha
Benny is happily married. ;0)
He was right! A very lovely story.
Thank you. ;0)
You’re welcome 🙂
I like the way you bracket your story with “When hell freezes over,” and “it was a warm day in Heaven”. That’s a nice structural device. It’s an interesting story, too, with its emphasis that man and woman can be simply ‘best friends’ without any need for romance.
Thank you for your comment. You sound like a professional.
I just took a quick look at your blog. I’ll be back for a longer look.
Looks like you do book reviews. Are you interested in science fiction and fantasy?
Thank you for your interest in my blog.
Wannabee professional would be more accurate! I’m just having my fourth novel rejected by agents. I have done the occasional book review. I read a lot of SF in the sixties (yes, I really am old enough to remember Sputnik!) and some fantasy, but nowadays I mostly read literary fiction. I wouldn’t consider myself competent to review SF/fantasy because I’m just not reading the genre. I’ve enjoyed some SF that is principally about people and how they think and feel and act – for example, I think Triton by Samuel Delaney is an excellent novel.
Are you willing to self publish? We could have a conversation about that.
You would be the perfect person to read my book. Some of my best fans are those who don’t like sf&f.
My stories are character driven. I’m no scientist therefore my science is written in laymen turns and mostly made up.
If you’re willing to give it a try send me an email and I’ll send you an ebook.
If you don’t like it, no problem. My cousins and brother have never read my books. They’d rather go fishing or surfing than read a novel. I keep them anyway. ;0)
Thank you for the offer to send me an ebook, but I’m afraid I shall pass on that. My reading and writing time is all taken up, I’m afraid!
Trust me I understand. Once I’m finished with this novel, I taking time off and reading a book or two.
BTW Have you come across ‘Tales from Eneana’? Joy is an excellent writer of fantasy and very good at world-building. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/35970457
I just checked it out. I’ve thought about using writing challenges to tell my character’s stories, but then I forgot.
When photo inspiration comes, they come about different people and possible new plot ideas.
I sometimes clean out old posts, but I never clean out short stories just in case I run out of ideas and need something new to work on.
I’ve yet to run out of ideas. I wish I had the time for more stories. I’d be truly prolific.
I am really pleased for Benny, let’s hope his self-confidence grows. A nice romance.
Ha! You’re the first man who didn’t think she killed Benny and he was literally in heaven. ;0)
Thanks for reading, James.
Always enjoy your writing Phyllis and could learn a lot from you. You start with a hook and then take me down a circuitous road that never leads where I am expecting.
What a nice complement. Thank you. ;0)
This is a very tender story, with an ending that could have been tragic but isn’t. Well done.
Thank you. ;0)