Friday Fictioneers – At Pat’s

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

Arms outstretched like a superhero, there was my Doug preparing to bungee jump. Seems it wasn’t all work at that conference. I hit the reply button, and my phone offered “how fun!” as an instant response. Though ungrammatical, I accepted.

Doug’s next message came. “Having a great time apart.”

“Real class,” I typed, “dumping me over the phone. Whatever. I’ve been wanting you out of my life anyhow.”

There followed a long pause. Then “Screw you. That was autocorrect. Meant to type at Pat’s, not apart. I’ll collect my things next week.”


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here.

81 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – At Pat’s

  1. Well done, Neil. My solution to auto-correct is to forget to charge your phone, leave it at home or simply ignore it. Another solution of ours to go on holidays off the grid without mobile coverage. With my husband working in IT, it’s been quite a blessing.
    xx Rowena


      1. Humph…I guess no one wants to see me…LOL. My husband’s gone out to help his mate with his Morris Minor. We have one ourselves. You meet a lot of people driving one of those.
        BTW, I thought I’d better revisit the people dropping round thing because while people haven’t popped round to my house, they’ve visited my blog, which is my second home. Speaking of which, thanks for the visit!
        xx Rowena

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  2. Ah, texting so often makes the texter sound abrupt, rude even. And being dumped by auto correct? Probably for the best if he’s bungee jumping at ‘conferences’, leaving her at home. Great tale

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. I think the thing that helps fiction writers is that almost everything is in the works all the time. It’s just a throw of the dice that determines which possibilities ripen.


  3. I loved the story, Neil. It made me chuckle and then made me shudder because it reminded me of when words came out all wrong from my mouth! At least with texting there’s a distance between you and the recipient. Face to face it’s even more embarrassing! Thanks for your take on the prompt and for prompting some amusing (even though somewhat uncomfortable) memories.

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  4. That’s hilarious, but also rather sad. Well written and an interesting take on the prompt.
    I switched predictive text off on my phone, having written something so ridiculous to the wrong person once that I’ve blanked it from my mind since. Can’t for the life of me remember what it was. It must have embarrassed me so much, that my brain has shoved it at the back of the filing cabinet, locked the drawer, and lost the key!

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  5. Well … it looks like the computers are in charge. YIKES … what a way to end a relationship…!!!
    And … so it goes. We should call people more. Me thinks …!!!
    I loved this, Neil. A very timely piece of not-so-much fiction.
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday.
    May your 2017 be filled with peace, good health and LOVE.
    Happy New Year 🎉 Cheers 🍷
    Isadora 😎

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  6. Maybe they’re both best out of this one. As long as they get new phones before embarking on the next liaison! I’ve not sure how you got from the picture to this, but that’s one of the things I love about FF, and this is a great example of how it works.

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