Friday Fictioneers – Do Buy

Photo Prompt © Jilly Funell

You are what you buy, that’s what Thomas says. I tuck into my burger though it tastes like meat-flavoured polystyrene. Thom shows off his latest device.

Rachel slurps her shake, commanding silence for an aphorism.  “If nobody sees you consume it, does it really exist?” she asks. Rach is deep that way.

Contemplatively, I chew a french fry, all carbohydrate and sodium chloride. I am becoming the Happy Meal. My friends watch the transmutation occurring,

In another mall, adjacent to my universe, more burgers are coming to life.


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

85 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Do Buy

  1. I wonder what you’re wearing today. Is it traditional beef with melting cheese and a slice of tomato or perhaps spicy chicken with a mango salsa? Either way, I’m sure you’ll stand out from the crowd! Great story, Neil!

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  2. Dear Neil,

    They do say you are what you eat. Two all-beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. Alas my hips say that if no one sees you eat the extra fries, the calories are still there. Tastefully done.



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  3. My beef with it is that all the money made by chain stores and restaurants goes to the same crappy group of a few hundred investors who own 90% of the world’s wealth. None of the money stays in the community. If we all stopped going to these places, they’d be gone in a year.

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  4. I’ve never had a burger from a Macdonald, Wimpey… whatever. Judging from your unique take on the prompt, the future of the human race depends on me and the limited number of others who can so claim. Good one.

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  5. Enjoyable read. Something in those shakes makes one wax philosophic.

    I like all the chemical terms. They seem to judge society, on a very elemental level, for being too durn busy to cook real food!

    That said, i should own stock in these places. 😊

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