The Arranged Switch

Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered at a train station. 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 Sandra Crook. Thanks, Sandra. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link below, then on the smiling frog. Next, follow the given directions

26 July 2019

Genre: Crime Fiction

Word Count: 96 Words

The Arranged Switch by P.S. Joshi

It was a sunny afternoon. Virginia purchased a train ticket from Philly to Chicago with no trouble.

In her handbag was money Bill had given her. “Take it to Chicago and deposit it in your bank,” he said. “Get it out of Philly.”

“What did you do, pull another heist?”

Bill glared at her. “None of your #*&% business,” he’d muttered. “Do as I say or you’ll be sorry.”

On the train, a serious man sat down in the seat next to her.

“Remember our deal, Agent MacBride.”

She handed him the envelope of money.

A Bucketful … of Snarky Snippets

Things to make you ill if you think enough about them.

Filosofa's Word

There is just so darn much to ruffle the feathers, rile the temper, send the ol’ blood pressure soaring these days … I started earlier today on a humour piece that I had an idea for, thought it would be a nice change of pace.  And then … I looked at the news.  Suddenly, my humour piece didn’t seem very funny, and instead it made me want to cry.  So, instead I am back to being my ol’ snarky self, and any humour will no doubt be acidic and acerbic.


Under investigation …

He sure does know how to pick the winners, doesn’t he?  That is, in this alternate universe where up is down, black is white, and winners are losers.  I did a series of posts after Trump took office about his choices for his cabinet, all of which were the antithesis of the “right person for the job”. …

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The alternative career of Dilkerton Thallawell.

First, another tale by Tallis Steelyard about a citizen of Port Naain who changes his career due to a change in his wife’s lifestyle. Next, similar amusing and informative tales of Port Naain on offer by Jim Webster including a description of each.

Tallis Steelyard

The alternative career of Dilkerton Thallawell.

Dilkerton was a member of the great Thallawell legal family. To be fair his life was comparatively conventional, if only because he was somebody who instinctively tried to conform. So he went into the family legal practice, married a nice young lady and they had two delightful daughters. So whilst he worked hard, he made sure that he was home from work early enough to spend time with the family.

Now he wasn’t a great courtroom performer. On the other hand he had a real genius for cutting through to the crux of the case and working out what were the real issues. Indeed the partnership decided that his analytical mind was wasted on courtroom histrionics. Instead he would examine the case when it arrived with the partnership and then, when it was assigned to a partner, he would go through it with them and explain it. Even old Tildus…

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Water, Water Everywhere~

A faulty fridge flooded Cindy and her husband’s home. She dreamt of the sea and they went to the desert.

And not a drop to drink.” I can relate to The Ancient Mariner.

The Holler flooded with nice cold drinking water while we were away visiting the baby grand-twins. A faulty refrigerator filter was the culprit. There are 84 industrial fans and scores of dehumidifiers running our electrical bill through the roof. We do, thankfully, have insurance.

The damage is legion,

causing me to dream at night of waves,

and sea creatures.

When the dream waves became violent,

and the creatures creepy,

I knew it was time for a change of scenery. (We are thankful for family members were willing to stay and monitor The Holler).

So now we are in the desert, where the temperatures are hovering around 105F which is cool for summer in the desert and thunderstorms are in the forecast. I love the desert in the summer, and in all the years I have been coming…

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Performance Art – Tallis Steelyard

On this day of the Gentlemen Behaving Badly blog tour, we first have a tale by Tallis Steelyard about an exciting entertainment arranged to aid a friend in trouble. Next, are two economical but interesting and amusing books on offer by Jim Webster with tales of Port Naain.

Annette Rochelle Aben

Performance art
I realise I might occasionally have been disparaging about performance art and street theatre. It’s nothing personal. Admittedly I feel that some performance artists ought to realise that merely standing on one leg shouting your verses into a howling gale doesn’t make them better verses. Similarly, with street theatre; it still works better if you’ve learned the script. I don’t care if it is ‘improvised.’ You’ve still all got to have some vague idea what is going on. After all, if you cannot understand it, what hope has the audience got?
Admittedly I do succumb to the temptation to ridicule performance art more easily when I’m in the company of Lancet Foredecks, if only because he is one of the leading practitioners. Thus one morning he almost stormed out of the Misanthropes Hall, after I’d twitted him about the previous day’s offering. He’d intended to produce a deeply…

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Blog Tour – Jim Webster/ Tallis Steelyard

First, the highly adventurous life of Lord Artor as told by Tallis Steelyard. Next, two books on offer by Jim Webster along with a description of each.

Stevie Turner

I’m happy to be part of Jim Webster’s blog tour today.  He has released two collections of
short stories from Tallis Steelyard.  Here is the first one:

Tallis Steelyard.  A Guide for Writers and Other Stories.’  

This is the book that all writers who want to know how to promote and sell
their books will have to read. Sit at the feet of the master as Tallis
passes on the techniques which he has tried and perfected over the years. As
well as this you’ll have music and decorum, lessons in the importance of
getting home under your own steam, and brass knuckles for a lady. How can
you resist?  All this for a mere 99p!

Then we have, ‘Tallis Steelyard. Gentlemen Behaving Badly, and Other
Stories.’

Now is your chance to see Port Naain by starlight and meet ladies
of wit and discernment. There are Philosophical…

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Dorothy Thompson, the Journalist Who Warned the World About Adolf Hitler

Journalist Dorothy Thompson’s warning years ago about who is likely to become a fascist.

Embrace Serendipity

I write for fun, but not everyone has that luxury. A great many people in the world write to earn their living and I have always thought that to be a tough way to go: deadlines are a pain, and I can attest to that after publishing a small journal for a few years. There is this challenge to stay relevant and also inspired enough to write every day are the fabric of nightmares and sleepless nights, but some people excel at it.temerity

I was struck over this past weekend by the brazen cowardice of the U.S. Congress. It astounded me that a sitting president would tell elected members of Congress that they should go back to some country they “came from” and that

seehearspeakThe U.S. Congress

Congress would sit by silent as brass monkeys. Yet… that is what happened.

One word that has largely disappeared from our vocabulary is…

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Noteworthy ~ Tallis Steelyard (aka Jim Webster) on tour with two new books…

First, a tale by Tallis Steelyard of a dedicated musician who had a devoted and magical effect on a child. Next, two amusing and informative books on offer by Jim Webster which are described above.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Far be it from me to mock musicians. After all, some of them are competent, accomplished, excellent company and masters of their art. Indeed I would swear to this in a court of law, because I’ve worked with all three of them. Of the others that I have worked with, there are still some whom I admire immensely, even though I would not really wish to spend an evening in a pleasant bar drinking wine with them. One such was Offan Valniggle.

I would not hesitate to go and listen to Offan play. If a patron of mine was seriously interested in music I would ensure that Offan was hired to play at one of their functions. If somebody asks me to work with him I will do so, certain that whatever we came up with would be of the highest quality and would stretch both of us to our…

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