Pesky Neighbours – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a flash fiction challenge which asks us to write a story in no more than 100 words from the photo prompt kindly provided by the host, Rochelle Wisoff Fields. To join in with the challenge, or find out more about it, just follow the link to Rochelle’s blog.

Here is this week’s prompt . . .

Photo prompt © Douglas MacIlroy

and this is my story . . .

‘Reckon you’ll like it here, Ve?’ Jim flashed his wife a lop-sided grin as he sat down opposite to her. ‘At least there’re no pesky neighbours to meddle in other folk’s business…’

Vera shrugged. ‘House i’nt bad … but I can’t go anywhere, with them big dogs prowlin’ about. An’ there’s nowhere t’ dry me smalls.’

‘But board and lodgin’s free.’

‘Of course they’re free, yer blithering idiot! Who’d pay t’ be stuck out ’ere on their own?’

‘Ah, Vera, love… If yer hadn’t knifed that old gossip, Mrs. Burke, you wouldn’t be sampling this newfangled isolation centre.’ 

Word Count: 98

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78 thoughts on “Pesky Neighbours – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Thank you, Sammy. 🙂 I can never resist sneaking a dialect or accent into my stories. How clever of you to detect the Lancashire one here. I love hot pot! I’m a Lancashire lass, through and through, married to a Yorkshireman! Neither of us speak with the dialogues, but I’ve been around both most of my life and have picked up a thing or two. 🙂

      1. I wish I was so impressed, but I had a little cheat. I have family in Yorkshire so I’m quite used to having an old pot now and then. Although more recently I’ve spent my time in Devonshire so I’m now more accustomed to the pasty than anything else.

      2. A well travelled man, then. We lived in Crediton for a while. I love the south west scenery – and the ice cream down there is yummy!

      3. I’ve pottered around here and there, but it was Plymouth that caught me in its net. I went for the uni, but it was the sea air that wouldn’t let go.

      4. So you’re still in Plymouth? It is lovely down there. That whole stretch of coastine is gorgeous. I’m not surprised you were smitten.

      5. Oh no, moved away last year. Residing in Worcestershire at the moment planning my next move. 🙂

      6. Nice to travel about, while you’re still youn. I’ve lived in various places in the UK – all in Nottinghamshire since 1979 though. 🙂

  1. The use of an accent is great and I could hear them talking as I read the story.
    I did not see that ending coming though… and I’m intrigued, why she killed her? And why are they so calm?

    1. Ah, well, next could be either ‘The Great Escape’ or even ‘Alien Abduction’! I hadn’t thought of a ‘next’ Tony. Another conversation with dialect like that would ,perhaps, be overdoing things and no one would read it! Thanks for giving me a giggle. 🙂

  2. Vera is quite fiesty. I wouldn’t want to get in her way and apparently Mrs. Burke pushed her patience too far! I love Jim’s sense of humor. Great read Millie.

  3. Lovely voices. Reminded me a little of Tarantino the way they were and the attitude to what she had done. Excellent!

  4. Strange but interesting. Wonder what the old neighbor gossiped about to make them hate her so much?

    1. Thank you, Margaret. 🙂 Vera is a rather unbalanced lady, I think – best kept well away from the rest of society. I’m glad you liked the North of England dialogue. Dropped letters all over the place is the norm up there.

      1. Really? I’d no idea you were from ‘up north’. I know Rochdale quite well. Some of my father’s cousins lived there and we visited quite often when I was young. I know the town is very different nowadays, but so is Southport – as everywhere else, for that matter. Thank you for sharing that, Sandra. 🙂

      2. Well, that’s not far from where I am now – midway between Newark and Lincoln. I knew you spent your summers on the canals in France, but somehow imagined you to be from the South of England. No idea why I thought that!

  5. Great story and dialogue. I love that while Vera seems like she would domineer over Jim, he actually knows exactly how to handle her.

  6. Gossips are insufferable and need sticking in isolation centres themselves 😉 Never stabbed one, but I’ve been known to tell them off most vociferously.
    I love the dialect, Millie. It’s not easy to write, but you do it very well.

    1. Thank you, Sarah. I grew up surrounded by people with a Lancashire accent, although Southport itself, where I lived, didn’t share it, We obviously still had the northern vowel sounds, but not so much of the dropped letters and suchlike.

    1. Jail is probably a lot warmer, too – much better for drying smalls. Haha. I’m too nesh to last five minutes anywhere really cold, like that. Thanks for the nice comment. 🙂

      1. I know the word’s generally used in the north. My Mum (from Liverpool) used to use it a lot whenever Dad complained about draughts! I’ll have to look up it’s derivation – it could be Norse. It’s a funny little word. 🙂

  7. Absolutely entertaining Millie. Loved the use of dialect in the story. Mrs Burke might have gossiped something bad to have raised Vera’s temper. Plus that isolation centre is very cold…not for normal people like us. Makes me wonder how did Vera punish the gossip lady.

    1. Ah, well, Vera knifed the old gossip in my story. I didn’t say she’d actually
      killed her, though. And what Mrs B. did to deserve it, I left open to speculation. I imagined she’d gossiped about something Vera and Jim had been up to – something illegal, like growing cannabis in their garden. lol Or … perhaps either Vera or Jim had had an affair and Mrs B. had been spreading the stories about. Could be anything, really…
      Thank you for liking the story, Norma. 🙂

  8. Newfangled isolation centre…:P Now that was funny, Millie! I can picture these two characters and hear them talking. The title is just perfect – and already had me laughing.

    1. Thanks, Ellespeth. I was just trying to write something that wasn’t sci-fi and this couple just popped into my head. Don’t ask … I’ve no idea why! 🙂

  9. An unexpected ending! ‘There’s nowhere t’dry me smalls’, great line 😄You manage to create characters larger than life – a gift with so few words. I really enjoyed it.

    1. I suppose the views of the sky could be wonderful out there, but the cold would not be nice. 😦 I’d hate to be freezing all the time. Thank you for liking it, Khloe. 🙂

    1. Margo … I sincerely apolologise for having missed your comment from so long ago. All I can imagine is that it was made during one of the times when we lost internet connection for a while – which we do quite often in our small village! I’ll try to get over to see your blosspot as soon as I can. Millie.

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