Flash Fiction #44


© Lauren Moscato

Watch That First Step

“Dey say dissa new, Pope Frank”…..

“Pope Francis!  Avva sum respeck, eh!?”

“Dey say heeza nice guy, a manna da peepul. Dey say he goze owt onna street at night, anna help da homeless.”

“Uh huh!”

“He doan like da fancy cloze, an he doan stay at da Vatican.  He live in some ratty hotel.  Heeze ‘sposed ta wave at alla da peepul from da balcony at St. Peter Basilica.  What he gonna do when dey all show up outside hiz hotel window?”

“Doan wurry about dat.  I got sum material an toolz, an datz all bin tooken care of.

Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.



31 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #44

  1. micklively says:

    Very funny.


  2. Nan Falkner says:

    Entertaining story – I’m not Catholic, but I do like the Pope. Have a great week! Nan 🙂


    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m not terribly religious, but I had hoped that ‘Frank’ might drag The Church, at least into the 20th Century. The inertia and rebellion is amazing though. He’s not “The Boss”, he’s merely the first among equals. He may lead, as long as it’s where ‘they’ want to go. 😦


  3. Sightsnbytes says:

    you sir, are a nut!


  4. draliman says:

    Love the dialect! I could hear them speaking.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m glad you did. I have two jokes/stories in my ‘funny file’, written in dialect. They’re amusing (In North America), so I thought I’d try it. As I hoped, it’s humourous, but it’s really a non-valid literary gimmick. Two Italian labourers would converse in Italian, not heavily accented English. I had ‘dees’ where there now are ‘das’, but I kept hearing Jamaican, so I changed them. 🙄


  5. I thinka thata wasa gooda story. 🙂 Enjoyed reading your story!


    • Archon's Den says:

      Hmmm, a cat with an Italian accent?? Thanx for stopping by again. 🙂
      Being cat peepul people, now we want all kinds of information. Is it yours? Male or female? Name? Priceless Joy? Age? Breed? Our four Bengals help my wife’s depression, the boys – Mica, Zorra, and Tonka – and our little old lady, Contessa, my gravatar. Her story is here, and you can trace the others, if you have any interest.

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      • My cat went missing in October 2013. I looked everywhere for her and called the animal shelter. She was no where to be found. It just about killed me. She was just a solid white kitty that was very spoiled. She loved to go outside and hunt. That was her favorite thing to do.


      • Archon's Den says:

        Oh dear! My profound condolences. While pets are not children, they are often valued almost as much, and the pain of losing one can be just as sharp.
        None of ours is (intentionally) allowed outside, although one might get closed into the basement storage room overnight. Only the fearless female has got out further than arm’s length. I wrote the story of her search and rescue(s) here. 😯 🙂


  6. mjlstories says:

    Had to read this aloud to get the full effect of the dialect , then rolled around laughing (ROFL as the kids say) and now I have the tube compartment all to myself. It’s an Easter miracle!


  7. BrainRants says:

    Interesting take on the photo, Archon.


  8. shimoniac says:

    Where’s the stairway to heaven? 😉


  9. Fun and funny. Good dialogue in dialect. you are right though – they would be speaking Italian but who cares it made for a great humorous flash.


  10. I really enjoyed the dialect.
    I read it out loud. It became a combination of the Pope and the Godfather.
    It also became a little Jewish inflection, because at the end when you wrote “datz all bin tooken care of” I twisted it around to make it sound like “we took care of his tuchas”
    which is another way of saying in street English,
    we got his ass covered
    we got his back.



  11. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Archon,

    The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. I loved your take on the prompt and your semi-irreverent, totally logical depiction of the new order.




  12. Funny. I like the voices, and the crazy storyline.


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