Photo Copyright: Stephen Baum

Here we are again this week. Today we’re sitting in a virtual cafe near a virtual tunnel in the city. We’re here to once more discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of 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 provided for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Stephen Baum. Thanks, Stephen. To read the group’s other stories, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


Biggleston City was growing and had a big problem. The traffic on McTweety Street was terrible. The city council had a meeting.

In the meeting it was suggested a new traffic light be put up.

“But,” said one councilman, “there are frequent power failures in the city so a light won’t work.”

“Ah,” said another councilman, “Let’s build a tunnel under the street. We’ll call it a subway.”

So it was decided. A fine tunnel was built lined with tile.

The next spring it rained and rained. The new subway filled with water. Another council meeting was called to order.




Written  Act of Kindness Award



    • Thanks, Joy. I’m really glad you enjoyed the story and found it amusing. I had fun writing it. There were many darker stories written. That tunnel reminded me of the subways here, many of which are useful most of the year, except during some of the rainier days of monsoon. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  1. I don’t think Biggleston has a monopoly on idiots in office. Fayetteville paid $10 million for an incinerator that never happened, or should I say the taxpayers PAID for the failed project. Great story, Suzanne.


    • Thanks, Russell. I know what you mean. Some projects never seem to make it past the paper they’re printed on. Fayetteville must have hired expensive planners who used expensive paper. That sounds a bit like the expensive wrenches, screwdrivers, etc., the government was said to be buying at one time. In the movie “Independence Day”, you probably remember, it came out that it went toward the building of a secret research lab working on figuring out aliens and their tech. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  2. You must live where I live. Before the city built our (very short) tunnel, old people told them: there always was a creek there, water flows. Now, years and millions of renovations later it’s still the same. Great story, and so true. πŸ™‚


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