Flash Fiction #239

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS

He tried to raise his head from the floor, but someone had turned the gravity up.  He’d just lie here and ask Whatzizname, the jock, for assistance.  Whatzizname??!  What was his name?  This was silly.  He just got a bank statement….  Happy birthday to you.  Happy birthday to you.  Happy birthday dear…. Jerry.  Yeah, that was it – Jerry.

He vaguely recalled a frat-party that included beer-pong and tequila shooters.  He also remembered some nice man…. Dad – telling him to concentrate on his university studies, and not attend such bashes.  Right, Dad – when the bleeding in his eyes cleared up.

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

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I credit 1950s/60s comedian, Shelly Berman with the inspiration for this cautionary tale.  Click here if you’d like to hear some classic comedy about The Morning After The Night Before.

18 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #239

  1. draliman says:

    Priorities are different to the young!
    Loved the line “someone had turned the gravity up”. I remember feeling like that many many moons ago 🙂

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  2. Dear Arcon,

    One of my favorite Johnny Carson lines is “You know you’ve had too much when you can’t stand the sound of your socks crashing to the floor.” 😉 Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Sightsnbytes says:

    is there something going on with wordpress? I cannot create any posts

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    • Archon's Den says:

      What’s (not) happening on your end?? WP’s new Block Editor has become mandatory, and a lot of people are having trouble with it. There is a way to get back to Classic Editor. 😳

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  4. Dora says:

    Some folks learn lessons the hard way. Loved the opening line: very effective.

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  5. Danny James says:

    Been there; done that!

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  6. This reminds me of the 1970s…and the 1980s.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      At least you can remember them. I never lost memories (sadly – at least till senescence kicked in) like many others, I lost good taste and common sense – and also, occasionally, motility. 😕 I’d come to a stop, perhaps leaning against a wall, and have to ask someone to give me a little push-start. 😆

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      • I hadn’t heard of the word senescence previously. Yes, I am really trying to eat better and exercise more these days.

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      • Archon's Den says:

        Readers who frequent my site either already appreciate word usage and word-play, or soon learn. As a journalist/writer, I assumed that you would know the meaning, or quickly look it up. If you’ve read my ‘About’ page, you’ll notice how many dictionaries I own – and that was before I found online dictionaries
        Actually, my bad memory is part of my congenital ‘learning difficulties.’ Natural progression has only intensified it somewhat. 😦

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      • I practice memory training almost daily. I know all 45 presidents and all 48 vice-presidents, all the state capitals, all the Canadian provinces and territories, and other similar lists. It definitely helps my aging brain just like exercise helps my aging body.

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  7. msjadeli says:

    I was wondering what happened to the person. Guesses included space ship gravity controlled by the AI and someone who just had a stroke. Glad it’s a temporary condition!

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