Silo in a field

Copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

We’re here again this week, gathered today in a virtual field to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for us is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Marie Gail Stratford. Thanks Marie Gail.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


Frank Buford had rich land on his large farm. He was also greedy.

Every year the county took up a collection for the poor. He’d give a couple dollars so he could say he gave. Everyone knew what was happening. His silos and barns were full, and his wife was busy canning every year. He sold the rest.

One year he had a bumper harvest. He called in some workmen and commissioned them to build a couple more silos and another barn.

“I’ll make extra money.” he bragged.

After harvest, he died.

Only his wife came to the small funeral.




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    • Thanks, Marg. Stories of that type are as old, and older than, the Bible. That silo reminded of one of the stories of Jesus in the New Testament. I just updated it a bit. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and, yes, it is sad. — Suzanne


  1. Who was it that said something like, “No one has ever said on his/her deathbed, ‘I wish I had spent more time working.'”? That last line was a stunner. Great work, oops, story! πŸ˜‰


  2. Great rewrite of the old parable, Suzanne. I think of the huge graineries across the Midwest that now stand mostly empty because of changes in transportation and technology that have rendered them less necessary. Forethought is seldom a bad thing. Good work.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


    • Thanks, Marie Gail. Those old parables were good stories in the New Testament times, and they’re still good now. They have all the basics. I’m glad you enjoyed my update. Thanks for the great picture for this week. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Russell. You’re aslking the wrong person. His wife is the one who cares if someone comes the funeral. I couldn’t care less. I still say you guys should do a comedy act together. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, A Fairy Mind. I’m so glad you liked the story. I updated an ancient parable from the Bible. As you know, there’s always a strong moral teaching in those. Those teachings haven’t changed for about two thousand years or longer. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  3. I know a Frank Buford. He has yet to have a funeral, but I wonder who will attend? What goes around comes around.
    You wrote an interesting take on the story of greed.


  4. Your story scared the sh*t out of me so much that i just gave everything away!
    (well, almost everything)
    Not really. But I did send $5.00 to Perry and Gayer.
    Well, not exactly $5.00 each – more like $2.50 a head. But their two heads together make one whole.

    But I digress. You wrote a solidly true and insightful story.


    • Thanks, Randy. Your digress was hilarious. I’m glad you liked my old story that was updated. That story could hold true for every generation. There’s always been greed. I bet you’re secretly a generous person. πŸ™‚ — ;Suzanne


  5. He died rich but his wife will lead a lonely life. Hope the wife transforms for the remaining life and not follows his miserly footsteps. πŸ™‚ Well written Suzann.


  6. If only his attitude had been better. He had a greedy one. I feel bad for his wife but…she did stay with him until the very end – so I only feel a little badly for her.


  7. Thanks, Ellespeth. I guess she came out okay. She was the next-of-kin, so inherited the property,etc. I just hope no one swindles her out of it. I also hope he didn’t have everything martgaged. I knew that to happen to someone who inherited. They couldn’t even pay off the funeral for years after. — Suzanne


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