Flash Fiction #183

Retirement Village



Wuz anybody famous ever born here? Y’alls gotta be jokin’! We wuz gonna have Thoreau Theodore, thuh weather-forecastin’ prairie-dog, but thuh little varmint wouldn’t come outta hiz hole. Wouldn’t matter if’n he seen hiz shadow or not, we’d jest git ‘nother six weeks of whatever’s outside.

Some Eastern dude retired here. Place useta be called Nowheresville – motto, “Civilization’s Thataway ->”. Folks renamed the town after him. Think he wrote a book – sumpin’ about fishin’ at some pond, ah think. Doan know why ennybuddy with a pond ta fish in, would come to a place like this, drier than a popcorn fart.


Click to hear ‘Wild Horses,’ Canadian Gino Vanelli singing about parts of the US where the population density is so low, that you can be, “a hundred miles out of town.”


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

Friday Fictioneers

26 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #183

  1. Great tale even better read out loud! Love the last few words – I’ll be using them at the first opportunity!

    My FriFic tale!


  2. Dale says:

    That was so much fun, Archon!
    Drier’n a popcorn fart, eh?


  3. I read it out loud. Nicely done.


  4. Russell says:

    Love the dialect!


    • Archon's Den says:

      As a Canadian, I’m not sure about the presence of ‘y’alls’ in New Mexico. Perhaps the speaker is a transplant from Georgia, or South Carolina – but then, why would he leave a place with lots of water, to move here?? Glad you like it though. 🙂

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  5. granonine says:

    Great fun. Well done 🙂


  6. Violet Lentz says:

    Excellent voice! And with an ending like that, you gotta love it!


  7. 4963andypop says:

    Great last line! Now I’m curious whether Thoreau ever made it that far west! Funny how self-satisfied philosophical movements don’t always fly, in the back of beyond.


  8. gahlearner says:

    That was fun, and a great voice.


  9. Drier than a popcorn fart? I keep trying to imagine that. Nice story.


  10. Margaret says:

    I love how much I learn about the world in Friday Fictioneers. Thank you for adding to my cultural literacy as well as giving me a decent chuckle.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Don’t take my word that Thoreau ever visited New Mexico! That’s the fiction part. I just noticed that the name of the village was the same as the author of the quote that Rochelle uses, “It’s not what you look at that is important. It’s what you see.” 🙂

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  11. Great voice and great colloquialisms – from the popcorn fart to your comment above of “she wouldn’t say ‘Shit’ if she had a mouthful”.

    The lines are as funny as “a one-legged man in an ass-kickin’ contest.”

    Enjoyed it.



    • Archon's Den says:

      I am always thrilled when people enjoy my esoterica. I got quite a bit of these colloquialisms from my father, who used them, and endless jokes, in his part-time job as a dance-hall emcee. 😀

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  12. Brilliant! Loved the voice. And ‘drier than a popcorn fart’ made me laugh out loud. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


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