Flash Fiction #249

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


Hi Daddy!  When are ya comin’ home??

My business deal’s almost finished.  I’ll be home on Friday.  Anything interesting happen?

The roses died.

Oh…. why?

The heat from the fire.

Fire??!  What fire?

When the garage burned.

The garage burned!!? How?

The firemen said that it was sparks from the house that set it on fire.

The house was on fire!??  What happened?

Mommy says that it happened when the furnace exploded.

Furnace exploded!??  Was anybody injured?

No Daddy, but we’re gonna hafta get some new roses when we get out of this motel.


Here’s Mommy.  She can ‘splain.  😳


Aah – the innocence of childhood.  Everybody’s got their own priorities.  Daddy’s may be home-owners’ insurance.


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27 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #249

  1. James McEwan says:

    ..and Mommy’s first words were, “I’m leaving you George, you can keep the house.”

    I liked the slow compounding build up as one disaster led to another – I laughed.


  2. RaPaR says:

    OMG, I am hysterical! I love the way one disaster leads to the next! Really funny…I needed that! Thanks!


  3. Dora says:

    Written just the way a kid would tell it! Oh the poor Daddy!


  4. This is why I avoid phone calls whenever possible.


  5. oneta hayes says:

    Nice structure, nice content, nice movement. Special.


  6. draliman says:

    Maybe it would have been best if Mummy had explained!


  7. Not exactly the phone call he expected! Mommy’s sure got some ‘splainin’ to do!

    My story!


    • Archon's Den says:

      I wouldn’t want to receive it.
      We’ve had three like this, locally, in the last five years. The first was a man who parked his propane-powered van in his garage overnight. The propane leaked, and the van and garage blew away from him when he tried to start it in the morning.
      The second was deliberate sabotage of the natural gas input, by an old man, living alone in a small house. He feared that his adult sons would put him in assisted-living, so he chose suicide.
      The third was a stoner who was rendering cannabis oil in his basement, next to the water heater, The natural-gas pilot light caught his solvent fumes. Like my story, his family survived, but he and his house didn’t. 😦 😯


  8. Nichika says:

    That was hilarious, nicely done!


  9. […] A humorous contribution from Archon’s Den. […]


  10. msjadeli says:

    This was like nesting dolls of disaster in reverse. So funny!


  11. Wow, I loved this! Exactly the way a child would see things and tell his dad. Funny in the midst of something bad.


  12. Michael Humphris says:

    Nicely done and told.


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