Mistaken Identity

Photo Copyright: Susan Eames

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered by an island beach under palm trees. We’ve come together to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Susan Eames. Thanks, Susan. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link below, then on the smiling blue frog. Next, follow the given directions. The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

31 May 2019

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 98 Words

Mistaken Identity by P.S. Joshi

A British friend and I walked to the beach from our swank hotel in Tahiti. Our companies had sent us on business. The waves lapped the beach in rhythm to a gentle breeze.

Overhead was a tanned man in surfer shorts perched in a palm tree, his cell phone to his ear.

Reg frowned. “Lazy native bugger,” he mumbled.

“Boy, bring us some drinks,” he shouted.

The man swung down, grinned, and extended his hand. “Bill Martin here,” he said in a clipped U.K. accent.

“Sorry, I missed what you said. I was on an important business call.”

























58 thoughts on “Mistaken Identity

  1. Thanks, Tannille. A customer came into the place I was working. I was at the front desk and he started to complain about people from India. I didn’t dare say anything to a customer. He didn’t know I was married to an Indian. We truly never do know who we’re addressing. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Susan. You’re right, it is wrong to make assumptions and can be embarrassing as in my story. I’m glad you liked the story and thanks for the picture that made it possible. 🙂 — Suzanne


  2. Thanks, Brenda. I’m happy you liked the story so much. These are really bad times to judge, especially if you travel. There are all kinds of people in the world and we all have to try and get along. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Linda. I’m happy you like the story so much. I’m glad I got the arrogance across. He was a businessman but seems to have taken a vacation from common decency. The other man showed the correct attitude. of not only a good businessman but a decent person —- Suzanne

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      • There were many good people before too. But there were also people who would demand with impinity, brown skin to take order.


      • Yes, there are always those types of people. Some people resist change. We just have to wait for progress to force them. Chances are there won’t be a greater change until some of the older people retire and new, more enlightened people take over. It seems a struggle to get some to join us in the 21st Century. They cling to the old ways. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Margaret. I’m picturing Reg as the type who hopes the man really didn’t hear and tries to smooth it over. Some people aren’t into being chastened. He has to have a big ego. Let’s hope he learns to behave better before he loses his job over his rude behavior. —- Suzanne

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