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Friday Fictioneers — A Matter Of Perspective

Genre: General Fiction
Word count: 100

~~A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE~~

Whenever Seamus espied his ex-wife with that swanky billionaire, his legs gave out at the knees and he suffered an attack of vertigo.

In another life Seamus had been a violinist who played a Stradivarius, but now he dwelt under a railway arch, his home a cardboard box. Daily, he busked on a distressed fiddle. A few people tossed coins in his cap, but most passed him by, treating him as less than a bug.

Today, it dawned on him that bugs had been around a lot longer than humans had, and would probably outlive them all, including his ex-wife.

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Photo Prompt: copyright © Shaktiki Sharma
Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories

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58 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — A Matter Of Perspective

  1. I’m too long-winded to write a story this short. LOL You do it well. I hope today brings you all you hoped for.

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    • Self-discipline, that’s all you require. I challenge you to have a go. Never say “never”. It’s a wonderful exercise that hones the editing skills when applied to longer works. I will be watching to see if you’re long-winded in your novel 😉 Only teasing 🙂

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  2. Dear Sarah,

    It is all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? You left me hopeful that Seamus would arise from the ashes. After all, sometimes the best revenge is success. 😉 Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. The last laugh.

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  4. Like Rochelle, I was hoping he would rise again. Yes, he may outlive them but… will he be happy?
    And now, I can’t help wonder how he let himself fall to such a level… hmmm….

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  5. Now I want to know more about the ex-wife!

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  6. When you cannot fall deeper, the only way is up. I feel hopeful for Seamus

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  7. With that kind of attitude, I suspect he’ll find a way to get out of the dumps… At least, I hope so.

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  8. A new attitude will help him recover. Maybe just my mind, but I couldn’t help sensing his ex-wife might have to watch her back… Nice one Sarah.

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  9. He is looking at the bright side for sure 😉 Love the surprising turn – hopefully for the better – that his mind takes. Great writing, Sarah

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  10. Somehow I fear the wife may be in the offing. Nice little mystery here.

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    • Certainly she should watch her back, if he was no longer weak at the knees and learned to emulate the cricket or grasshopper (haven’t managed to identify which category the bug fits into yet) and leap across great distances in one!

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  11. It’s just a short hop from the penthouse to the poor house, especially if you take the shortcut through divorce court. My heart goes out to Seamus.

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  12. This looks like the making of grand novel. Excellent writing.

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  13. Great narrative Sarah.

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  14. Hopefully, he can find a way back to a good life for himself, and with a better person at his side.

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  15. So thought provoking from so many perspectives! Good stuff! 🙂

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  16. I hope he finds his mojo again. After all he has a talent to share with the world.

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  17. Such a dreadful way to end your married life. But a philophic bent should see him through.

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    • I’ve come across some real philosophers out on the streets living rough. If he lays off the booze and drugs, then I like to think that there’s hope for him — unless he does something violent, of course.

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  18. He has a philosophical way of looking at things but, does the line about bugs outliving humans and his wife suggest he’s about to do something physical?

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  19. I’ve been absent from your blog for too long, and I have missed feasting on Friday Fictioneers. I was lured by the fab photo I saw on Facebook. He’s quite a dapper fellow isn’t he!

    Maybe this isn’t a sad tale at all. Rather lament the loss of his ex-wife to the billionaire, I prefer to see him thinking he had a lucky escape.

    Maybe he’s happier with a simple life that could have been a hollow, emotionless void if his wife had remained by his side who would always want more, and chase something just out of reach whilst never satisfied.

    This dazzling life form is celebrating his music, his passion, and the fact that he doesn’t need money or a checklist of material junk to make him happy. He gets vertigo out of relief, not grief.

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    • Hey, Dave, wonderful to see you back, visiting my blog. I wasn’t really expecting to hear from you, when off on your adventure. Am very glad you returned in one piece. Of course, you’ve been missed. I hope your group raised loads of money for the ZSEA.
      Re my story. I’ve met materialistic women like that and have we have absolutely nothing to say to each other. In fact, I suspect that we’re a different species altogether! I love your comment, especially the bit about his vertigo.

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  20. Always nice to have some optimistic perspective.

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  21. I’m sure he’ll have his revenge, and bugs will indeed outlive us all. Great use of the prompt, too.

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  22. Love the twist at the end Sarah, too true the bugs will outlast us all…

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  23. That is such an accurate title, we get lost in stupid things.

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  24. oh most excellent and to the point Sarah!!

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