Oh, Not Again!

“Mom, dad,” said the eager young child running toward the campfire with a jar filled with fireflies.

“Wow, cool nightlight, sweetie,” said mom, noticing her husband sitting apart from the family, distracted again with his cell phone.

“Honey, uh, who is that? You’ve been texting all weekend! Your daughter has something to show you. I thought this last summer camp-out would be strictly a family affair.”

“Sorry, it’s the office. Hold on,” he said without looking up.

Oh, god, not another, ‘What, you don’t believe me?’ line when I ask to see his phone, she thought, holding back her tears.

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Another week with Friday Fictioneers, the weekly photo prompt, 100-word story challenge that opens on Wednesday each week. Just saying, this was a tough write-up this week…the story started one way and ended totally different. Sheesh!

Happy September everyone!

Photo Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields




32 thoughts on “Oh, Not Again!

    • Sun says:

      didn’t see too much fireflies this summer…maybe to busy not minding what’s happening outside, heh? 😛 but i’m awfully happy you dropped in as i wave summer goodbye, Philomouse. thanks!

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    • Sun says:

      actually happened to a friend not too long ago…not the camping thing, but a family gathering during the holiday season. loser, indeed! thanks, Janet!


  1. patriciaruthsusan says:

    Sun, It’s already been said; he’s likely a cheat and a loser. His wife probably suspects because it’s happened before. Those guys don’t realize the signs that anyone with good sense can spot. Good story and well written. 🙂 —Susan


    • Sun says:

      definitely a husband/father that has his priorities all mixed up…sad that the family will suffer the consequences of bad choices. thanks, Susan!


  2. Nan Falkner says:

    I like the way Draliman thinks and I support his punishment – great story and poor wife and child that has an absent father who can’t be ‘bothered’ by what should be a happy family time. Nan 🙂


  3. Pat says:

    Even if a story starts one way and ends another, well, then perhaps that’s just what was needed to be written – by you. A way to vent your anger and pain, as you feel it for another person?

    Well done and simply straightforward but powerful – amazing what can be accomplished in 100 words. 🙂


    • Sun says:

      ha! yes, games on the phone…so popular but yeah, in this case, the dumb fellow let himself be distracted at the expense of his family life. you can call him dumbo. 🙂


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