Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose and poetry

Friday Fictioneers — Squirrel Barbecue

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

That whiskery old hillbilly might own a ladder and hammer. He even has a few odd offcuts of wood knocking about, but he’s bone idle, except when it comes to gambling.

His missus scolds him rotten, “Ricky, when y’ gonna fix that bleeding ‘ole? Them squirrels are driving me nuts!”

And he yells back, “The only ‘ole needs fixing is that mouth of yours.”

I’m so grateful to him for letting me lodge in his attic; for providing such snug roof insulation as bedding for my offspring and yards of PVC wiring insulation for them to play tug of war.

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Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo Prompt: image © Roger Bultot

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45 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Squirrel Barbecue

  1. So well written!

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  2. So well done! Love the perspective and the language of human love lol.

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  3. Sarah, only your mind would look at this picture and see a squirrel barbecue 🙂

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  4. I second Andrea’s comment! Squrrel BBQ!!! Fun stuff!!

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  5. Hahaha….”Squirrels driving me nuts.” 🙂 Great title and story, Sarah.

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  6. I love this story and the way the squirrel describes his good fortune. A lethal mix of materials in that attic for so many gnawing little teeth. Very well written, Sarah.

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    • Thank you, Millie. So glad you loved my story 🙂
      Squirrels are so destructive. There was one that gnawed through a plastic air vent into my friend’s 4th-floor apartment and ransacked the pantry, scattering cornflakes everywhere. Apparently, squirrels cause around 30,000 house fires a year by chewing through wires.

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  7. Funny story. The squirrel reveals it all!

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  8. Lovely take on the prompt. 🙂

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  9. Lovely Sarah! tug of war..! 🙂

    Swetank.
    Be Bettr, Stay Bettr! 😀

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    • Thanks, Swetank 🙂

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      • You’re most welcome Sarah! How are you ? Its been while…

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      • I’m doing lots of spring cleaning at the moment, Swetank. Have tidied my home office, rearranging the cupboards and sorting out which books I need to keep and which can go to the charity shop. Also helping my son sorting out his room, as he’s between jobs just now and it seemed a good time to clear out rather a lot of rubbish, some of it very old and some of it stuff dumped there when he finished at university!
        Not much time for writing, apart from 100 word stories and poetry. Am submitting my novel to literary agents, but no takers yet. I may consider self-publishing, but not quite ready to go down that route yet, until I’ve tried the traditional route.
        Today, I’ve been gardening in the sunshine, which is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday.

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  10. Great for the squirrel.. Somehow I feel it’s good for him,

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  11. Dear Sarah,

    Unique POV and a cute story. That’s how it happens, too. Happy eating.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • Dear Doug
      Thanks 🙂 Yes, it happens all too often. There’s a hole in some wood by my flat roof that needs repairing. A squirrel was eyeing it up but changed its mind after nearly losing its tail to my Labrador!
      All best wishes
      Sarah

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  12. Dear Sarah,

    Your title adds a whole chapter to this story. I love the voice of the old hillbilly. Put me in mind of Andy Capp.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle,
      Thank you. I always think that titles are as important as the story itself in short fiction and an opportunity to impart something of significance that’s allowable outside of the official word count! I find choosing novel titles a nightmare, though, and had to run a poll on my blog for my last one, as I couldn’t decide between two titles.
      I admit to ignorance re Andy Capp and had to look him up on YouTube. All I could find was a British cartoon character (not a hillbilly, but definitely an embarrassment to his wife) or a rap artist.
      All best wishes
      Sarah

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      • Dear Sarah,

        Our friend Doug is fond of pointing out that a good title adds a hundred words.
        Your dialogue seems more cockney than what I would consider hillbilly. So that’s what put me in mind of Andy Capp. A rap artist? Hm. I remember the cartoon character from the newspaper a few years back. A happy import to the US.

        Shalom,

        Rochelle

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      • Dear Rochelle,
        I guess a squirrel is not too discerning about accents. Yes, you’re right. It is cockney, even though the squirrel is likening Ricky to a hillbilly re behaviour.
        A further example of cross-pollination between the UK and the US!
        All best wishes
        Sarah

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  13. the squirrel family escaped I hope!! great story!

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  14. The view from inside the head of a rodent: inspired!

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  15. Loved the story from the squirrel’s perspective.

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  16. So that’s what goes in a squirrel’s nest! Wonder if the squirrel got barbecued during the fire. Hope not.

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  17. Haha 😀 Sarah, this flash is so clever, (and I’m instantly reminded of ‘Shut yer cake ‘ole’). Yet is is the squirrel I envision wearing an apron while holding a barbecue fork in his sweet, furry paw…

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  18. Like many others, I adore this title. I guess it was fun while it lasted for that cute little rodent and his/her family. . . . i.e., it’s all good until you gnaw on the wires.

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    • They do look cute, although their alternative name is tree rat and some would consider them pests!
      Personally, I find them entertaining in their natural environment, the way they chase each other, scamper about, and do all manner of acrobatics. I’ve heard say that they can never remember where they’ve left the nuts they bury, and that it’s quite likely that when they stumble across a hoard it’s by chance and most likely belongs to another squirrel.

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