Friday Fictioneers is the name, a story inspired by a photo using 100 words is the game. As always, our fearless leader is Rochelle and this week’s photo is from anelephantcant
He looked at the bicycle, down at the paper in his hand, and then back at the bicycle. It was wedged against a tree; its shabbiness kept it safe from casual thieves. He sighed. Three hundred years should have dulled the edge of embarrassment.
He pulled the bike away from the tree and glanced up and down the street. No one paid attention to the fair-skinned man in the three-piece suit. He glanced down regretfully at his newly shined leather shoes before getting on the bike. She always did have an odd sense of humor, the vampire thought, pedaling away.
37 thoughts on “An Odd Request”
Ha – I was thinking time traveller
It works better after 300 years than a car would
Haha I actually thought about doing a time traveler first and then just decided to go completely random!
Nice take on the prompt. I’d never have linked this to a vampire in a million years. Well done.
great, i think the image of a vampire in a suit and on a bicycle is really cool 🙂
Thank you! I’m honestly not sure what weird corner of my brain that came from
I can see a whole book in the flash of less than a minute when you write these. Pretty amazing, if you ask my humble opinion. Smashing!
Thank you so much! (Don’t give me any more ideas or we’ll have a cycling vampire to deal with!)
A mobile vampire. If he could just transition to a bat and keep control of the bike he could go anywhere with it.
I had not thought about a vampire either! Craftily built little story!
Thanks so much!
Maybe he was a friend of the werewolf in London. 🙂 You definitely thought outside the box for this story. I like the detail about his shoes, for some reason.
Could be! Maybe the werewolf is really the she? I literally just looked at the picture and said, “oh, hell, haven’t written a vampire fictioneers in a while.”
Everyone knows vampires have a preference for italian leather…don’t they?
I enjoyed your flash fiction. A pleasurable read.
Thank you so much, Penny! Glad you liked it.
If this were a Gram Parsons song (oh, don’t make me feel old, darling, just look it up and pretend you get the reference and spare me the embarrassment) it would be called The Return of the Grievous Dark Angel.
So, dropping the vampire gauntlet again, are we? Haven’t we been here before, darling?
I will take that one as a compliment. It had just been too long since one appeared. I tried to think of what would be most incongruous on a bicycle and a vampire was what came to mind.
Vampires and bicycles. They go together like shepherd’s pie and ice cream. The visual of the vampire in a three piece suit on a bcycle makes me smile.
I tried to think of the most incongruous thing I could and came up with vampire. I’m glad it made you smile!
Those vampires pop up in all kinds of places. Nice!
There hasn’t been one in a while—they were getting restless!
This is the most creative interpretation of the prompt that I have read. Kudos!
Thanks so much! I guess random works sometimes.
I thought it may have been a vampire, funny image of a Vamp on a bike though! Liked the humour of this Flash.
Thank you! It’s hard for me to be humorous in so few words, so I’m glad you liked it.
A vamp on a bike, very creative take on the photo. Especially like the effective use of italics. Also like that the story leaves a great deal to the reader’s imagination. Ron
Thank you, Ron. I love how open-ended the Fictioneers allows me to be. Glad you liked it!
I simply adored seeing his embarrassment, especially as I would have thought that the undead were pretty well beyond emotions like that – lovely job!
Thank you, Troy! I know lots of vampires in fiction seem to have “risen above” mundane human emotion—where’s the fun in that?
You really caught me with this 😉 vampires indeed
It was about time one showed up! Glad you liked it
Agree with whomever liked the shoe detail. Communicates his slight disdain for the bike very well. Nicely done.
The idea of a vampire, in a three-piece suit, riding a bicycle is very creative – well done
Thank you, Dee! Thanks for reading.
Amusing piece, nicely done!