Flash Fiction #256



His parents wanted him to go to university, or at least a Community College to learn a trade.  They were just so tight, so restrictive, so controlling.  He burst free from their bondage and got himself a great job at 18, with his own income, and promise of advancement.

A month later, he was smart enough to see that it was just a clerical dead-end, and a barely legal pyramid scheme.  He was also smart enough to tell his parents, “You told me so.”  Let’s have a look at the course catalogue at Conestoga College.  I could become a welder.


If you’d like to 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.

19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #256

  1. Archon's Den says:

    Despite COVID, we’ve had three of these in town in the last year – one retired man, an older lady, and a young woman – forward or backward into stores or a bank. And then there was this MSN story today https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sunken-truck-towed-from-lake/vi-AAKGXjL

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  2. 1jaded1 says:

    Or a brick layer. Show em how to build a wall that’s car proof.

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  3. draliman says:

    A very wise and humble 18 year old.

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  4. Jim Wheeler says:

    Sending someone to college is not a gift of knowledge, it’s a gift of opportunity.


    • Archon's Den says:

      “When I was 16, I was appalled at how little my parents knew. When I became 21, I was astounded at how much they had learned in just five years.”

      There are all kinds of opportunities. As I posted some time ago, the chance to learn how to learn – and to learn how much more there is to learn. I get wry amusement from Good Christian parents who rail that colleges/universities are dens of iniquity, and havens for Satan. They send away a Good Christian child, who sees the panorama of society, and learns to think for themself, and they get back an Atheist. 😳


  5. James McEwan says:

    A welder will fix the railing, I went to college once, I had to drop off some supplies for the library.


  6. A lot of convenience stores in America now put thick posts in front of their stores so cars can’t accidentally drive through their walls.


    • Archon's Den says:

      A woman in Toronto recently didn’t cause any damage, but managed to drive through open, double doors, into a mall, to use an ATM. It was not a drive-thru model. 😯

      One of these crash-sites had the usual little concrete wheel-bumper. A second had a 6″ raised sidewalk, the third, an even taller 8″ step up to the sidewalk. How fast were they going, to launch over them like a skateboard park ramp??! 😳

      Solid bollards are a good idea, but businesses in strip-malls are often not allowed to make such changes by Property Management. 😦

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  7. GHLearner says:

    He is a wise young man, his parents can be proud.


  8. msjadeli says:

    When I saw your title then read the story, my take is that the kid was a larvae that needed a little convincing to do what needed to be done to fly to the road of financial independence. Creative imagining, Archon. I’m glad he made the right choice.


    • Archon's Den says:

      My inspiration linked the photo of the car bursting free from the confines of the parking lot, to a typical teen-ager’s desire to cast off the bonds of his parents’ guidance. Like a moth or butterfly, he found out how dangerous the real world is. 😯
      If you love something, set it free. Only if it comes back to you, was it truly yours. 😀

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  9. A nice, fresh take on the prompt! Good story


  10. ahtdoucette says:

    Great take on the prompt. And a good reminder that we will always need welders. 🙂


    • Archon's Den says:

      I based that portion of the tale on my Grandson. He found out about burns, clothing on fire, and flash-blindness, so he’s taking online classes for Civil Engineering. Somebody else gonna have to do the welding. 🙂


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