It’s our party, you can come if you want to.


Spring had arrived.

David sat on the fence. Most of his friends sat with him. Nigel was far out in the field to the right almost out of sight shouting obscenities at some fruit pickers. Ed was somewhere off to the left talking to himself.

David’s friend Nick was standing by the fence, tugging at David’s trouser leg and pointing things out.

What none of them had noticed up until now though was that all the people were having a bloody good party without them somewhere in the middle, apart from Nigel’s mates, mostly because they thought he was a.

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I don’t often write an accompanying note but wanted to today. Having been absent from my thoughts for a little while I wanted to explain. It’s european election time here tomorrow, some people in suits will argue that they are the best choice whilst some people in slightly different suits will claim exactly the same. This picture of Erin’s made me think of our politics. Maybe I’ll start writing a bit more now. Maybe I won’t. Maybe you’ll hate my writing, or love it, or not care. Opinion, funny isn’t it. Maybe.

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17 Responses to It’s our party, you can come if you want to.

  1. I would think that the fog can be quite apt for european politics at the moment..

  2. I feel like American politics would fit in with this story too: people with different colored ties argue with each other in the fog so we never know what they’re up to. Grrr.
    Great story! 🙂

  3. dmmacilroy says:

    My first thought was birds on the fence but then your metaphor for politics took hold briefly. And morphed back into birds on a fence, which describes politicians and politics to me. I need a shotgun. Great story.



  4. wmqcolby says:

    There’s a saying that, “Politics is the second oldest profession, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the first.” Nice job.

  5. Why are there fruit pickers in the spring? Some European regulation? And why as many as four named characters in a piece only 100 words long? Again, European regs?

    • We have many regulations, especially one that says ‘you can use fruit pickers in Spring even if there isn’t any fruit to pick’. Nigel always finds someone he doesn’t like, he’s that kind of chap. Thank you for your comment.

  6. I’m with Doug… I imagined birds on a fence. What is the final letter, “a”? They thought he was “a”? I was confused by that one.

  7. Prick. Nigel’s mates had an opinion but I do like to stick to the 100 word maximum 😉
    The picture offered a thousand stories but with the Euro elections here today I went all wobbly and wrote that. Maybe I’ll do a few more based on that photo, just for fun. Thanks for the comment.

  8. draliman says:

    When I read your accompanying note I went back and read the story again – hilarious! I particularly like your portrayal of “David’s friend Nick” (no surnames to protect the guilty), though I notice they’ve given up agreeing on anything just lately – maybe their friendship is nearing its end 🙂

  9. After reading the note, I got the names, but along with Dawn, not the ending. If there was an obscenity omitted, that’s fine. But otherwise, I’m lost there. The rest of it seemed quite apropos and cleverly done.


  10. Thank you Janet. Yes, foul language was omitted. I ran out of words 🙂

  11. I’m glad Dawn asked the question about “a”. Know the story really makes sense. I appreciate you comment at the end – it made It more clear to me and the “HA-HA!” moment was that much more spectacular. Great take on the prompt.

  12. Good story although I don’t know anything much about Europeon politics. Here they travel around on trucks with loudspeakers and abuse everyone’s peace of mind, not to mention the noise pollution that results. I dread the elections here. Each one tries to out-shout the other. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

  13. Dear Kelly,

    Perhaps if you didn’t have a period after a it might be clearer that it’s an open-ended sentence. Clever, if not pointed, use of the prompt. Good one.



    PS I appreciate you strict adherence to the “word limit.”

  14. Clever take on the prompt, and even more so on the European elections. Poor Nick reduced to tugging at David’s trouser legs. Seems people were paying a little bit more attention to Nigel after all ….

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