FFfAW: Funny old thing, life

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Phylor. Thank you Phylor for our photo prompt!


The notepad hung limp in the policeman’s hand, his pencil unused.

At first, Jim had been distracted by the second policeman, but he was an experienced enough drinker to distrust what he saw after a night in The Haymakers. After twelve pints, his eyes tended to exagerrate. Two policemen, two roads. Two lampposts.

‘Run me through it again, would you?’ said the policeman on the left.

‘Didn’t want to drink drive.’ That was what Jim meant to say, though the words sounded more like ‘Dinun wanna drivel.’

It seemed he couldn’t trust his ears either.

One of the policemen folded his arms. ‘So you took a horse to the pub because you didn’t want to drink drive?’

This kid was smarter than he looked.

‘Problem is, Mr Donovan, Dobbin here isn’t yours, is he?’

Jim didn’t remember owning a horse. But then life was peculiar – he didn’t remember falling off one either.

Funny old thing, life.


Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, and what a joy this prompt is. See the pic, write 100 – 175 words in response. Do visit here to play along and to read the other, wonderful stories.




34 thoughts on “FFfAW: Funny old thing, life

  1. I’m assuming that writing this well-crafted vignette wasn’t, as they say, as easy as falling off … a horse? Lots of fine little details, like the pub’s name which, despite the recent change in the weather for us here in the west, reminded me that making hay while the sun shines is so apt for this time of year.

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    1. Thank you Chris! Well, let’s hope Jim learns his lesson – do not leave the pub with another man’s horse 🙂 It is approaching that time of year, you’re right – doesn’t feel like it today, though does it? Jim is certainly good at making hay while the sun shines 🙂

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  2. Funny story! And yes, after 12 pints I’m not surprised if Jim starts getting confused about some of the details and forgetting whole swaths of the evening — including some things he may not want to remember!

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  3. Ha! There was a story on the news about a guy who did this in real life. The bartender took his keys so he couldn’t drive drunk so he stole a horse! People are nuts. Great story.

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  4. Now this is hilarious (and concerning). Poor Jim, horse, policeman. Things could’ve ended up much worse. I’m glad they’ll have a funny, bizarre story to tell. Excellent take of the prompt. Very creative and memorable

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    1. Thank you so much, Ameena. Glad you like it. Possibly safer to ride a horse than drive a car – if the horse knows roughly where it’s going 🙂 Thanks for reading


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