Friday Fictioneers — A Matter Of Perspective

Genre: General Fiction
Word count: 100


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.


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

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

58 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — A Matter Of Perspective”

    1. 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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  1. 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.



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  2. 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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    1. 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!


    1. 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.


  3. 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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    1. 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.


    1. Thanks 🙂
      Bugs can live in the most hostile environments. I read somewhere that cockroaches could survive in the hostile outer atmosphere of Jupiter, if put to the test. In fact, I think that scientists have already carried out a lab experiment to prove this, by placing them in a mock up of the Jupiter atmosphere.

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      1. I didn’t know that about the Jupiter atmosphere, but they would survive a nuclear war on Earth. Maybe they’ll take over next…

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