Flash Fiction #55


PHOTO PROMPT – © Jean L. Hays


I managed to acquire a small commercial lot downtown, near the sports arena, perfect for a deli/restaurant.  I used a small crane to demolish the derelict building on it.

Then the city hall bureaucrats said that my building licence could take a year or more – oh, and your taxes are due.  How can I pay taxes without a business, generating income?

The wife said, “Turn it into a parking lot.”  We can’t park enough cars to make it viable.  “You’ve still got the crane.  Stack them on end; get more in.”

I guess we should have paved the lot first.

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


27 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #55

  1. draliman says:

    There’s always that one little important detail that gets forgotten 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      A depressed old Scot is loading the old Webley. His wife asks what he’s doing. He replies that he’s angry, and is going to commit suicide. Glad to finally be rid of him, she starts laughing, “Doona laff, witch. Yoor next.” 😳

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  2. Danny James says:

    Naw….don’t pave it. Boys, both big and little, like dirt and cars.


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    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx, again! If I say I miss Johnny Carson, do you get the connection? 😕 🙂


      • aFrankAngle says:

        Hmmmm … well Johnny was a drummer and the rimshot was commonly used.


      • Archon's Den says:

        Well….I miss Johnny just because he was a great, funny performer. He also had very little spiteful ego. One night when a joke bombed, the drummer gave him a rimshot – perhaps dangerous with other Emcees – but it got a laugh, and he allowed it, so it became an infrequent running gag.
        One night he faced the drummer, and in mock irritation, demanded, “Where does it say, the host gets a rimshot?” Obviously planned, the drummer held up a 2′ X 3′ sign that said, SAVE THE PRINCE. Oh, okay – and the audience dissolved!
        I’m in good company.

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  3. BrainRants says:

    Charge a fee to graffiti them…


  4. MissTiffany says:

    Haha, maybe he should have made it a junkyard instead.


  5. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Maybe so. But the artists wouldn’t have minded, I guess. 🙂

    My #FF Post


  6. 1jaded1 says:

    Fck taxes.


  7. Who needs a crane. Add a ramp and make it self service!!!


  8. Kalpana solsi says:

    Charge a small fee and advertise them as art installations.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Maybe in your town, but not this one. The Mennonites would walk around all day with a pained expression on their face, rather than put a quarter in a pay toilet. 😆


  9. Hilarious, Archon. 😀 — Suzanne


  10. “Pave paradise, put up a parking lot!” Very clever and funny, Archon, and classic in the way bureaucrats work!


  11. gahlearner says:

    And that’s probably how an art installation was invented instead… very funny story.


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