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Friday Fictioneers ~~ July 12, 2013

Good Friday to everyone! Hope today is filled with sunshine and happiness. Can you tell I’m happy today? Want to know why? No? Well I’m going to tell you anyway. 😉 Neener, neener.

I’m happy because I’m alive and breathing. Ha! Seriously, I’m happy because I’m finally getting the roof of my house fixed this weekend! Yea!!!!! It’s been 2 months of nasty weather, rain, winds, hail. You name it we got it. Record floods too, can’t forget that.

Almost from the first week after we moved to this place (at the end of May) the roof has leaked. Then we got really high winds, which took the darn shingles right off. So the roof leaked even worse. My bedroom was the worst hit. At one point I couldn’t even open my bedroom door because it was swollen with rain water. Ugh. It’s been pure hell. We have had record rain falls this past month or so.

I would have gotten it fixed sooner except for a few things. First I was broke. Moving and buying a house is expensive. Second the damn rain wouldn’t stop!! This weekend is supposed to be rain free, kinda. We have a 40% this afternoon and a 60% chance on Sunday. You think I’m lucky enough to get the roof done before or in between the rain storms? We shall see. Cross your fingers for me!!

Anyhoo, on with the Friday Fictioneer challenge this week! Hope you enjoy it. If you do or you don’t I appreciate any and all comments.


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count. However, I respectfully ask for your consideration. Please refrain from taking the  liberty of posting 200 words or more as a Friday Fictioneers story. Thank you.)


Make every word count.

Thanks once more to our patient and talented hostess Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Please click on her name if you want to join us or if you want to read other fantastic stories based on the same picture!


Copyright – Randy Mazie
Copyright – Randy Mazie


Genre: General Fiction (98 words)

Bigwigs in City Hall have no respect for the dead, Jerome thought.

Keep the cemetery looking nice they told him, while they cut his budget by two-thirds.

He knew his cousin Darryl had goats. Had to get the grass down somehow. The goats liked the job and Jerome got to sit for a spell.

City officials were shocked at the goats. No goats in the cemetery they told Jerome. We can’t have goats defiling the graves!

In Jerome’s mind the only thing defiling the graves was the old goats in City Hall who just voted themselves another raise.


Goat on hill


39 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers ~~ July 12, 2013

  1. Dear Jackie,

    An entertaining and masterful use of the prompt. I really enjoyed it. Particularly my favorite was “…old goats in City Hall…” Thanks for the smiles.




    1. Thank you tiny. they started work this afternoon, I didn’t expect them till sometime tomorrow. Sooner is always much better. 🙂


    1. Dear Doug,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. Appreciate it. The sun is shining for now, later probably not.



        1. Mother nature is going to test it out for me. Probably tomorrow or tuesday from looking at the weather on tv. 😉


          1. I live in Alberta Canada, we have had record floods and rain. Also hail and high winds. Been a fury of a spring and summer. I heard London was quite warm lately. Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂


          2. Sorry to hear that. Really good your roof is prepared for it. How is it standing up to the weather?

            I really enjoyed London and the weather was hot. Will be posting about my trip in the next few days.


  2. Hope your roof is fixed.
    Your story rang so true of petty, greedy bureaucracy. I think Darryl and his goat should visit city hall to do some defiling.


  3. This Jerome is a great character. I really enjoyed your voice for this one, darling


  4. Loved the ‘old goats’ of city hall. A similar disenchanted view to the one expressed in mine – is anyone satisfied with their representation?


    1. Yup, there you were in my spam Sandra. I hope WordPress gets that fixed soon. That is no place for you! Thank you for your kind words. No I don’t think anyone is happy because they all seem to be crooks.


  5. old goats of the city hall, lol, mmn yeah we have plenty of those. very entertaining story. and glad your roof got fixed 🙂


  6. You’ve got it right–those old goats have multiplied and can be found inhabiting municipal, state and federal buildings all around the country.


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