Friday Fictioneers – Up Went the Barrel


M’lud, it went like this. The cascading water turned the wheel. The wheel cranked the rope. I steadied the rope, which raised the barrel of bricks.

Unfortunately, the water ran out. The barrel was now heavier than I. It started down, jerking me off my feet.

Halfway up, I met the falling barrel, receiving a severe blow on the shoulder. When it hit the ground, the bottom burst, releasing the bricks.

I was now heavier than the barrel. I started downwards. The barrel was coming up, so I swung through the window like an action hero. Mrs Cuthbertson was very surprised. So too the man who wasn’t Mr Cuthbertson.


With admiration for Gerard Hoffnung. 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.

64 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Up Went the Barrel

  1. I feel like there is more to this story and a lot of it may have to do with Mr. Cuthbertson and how the narrator wound up in this situation to begin with. I’m not saying this is an unreliable narrator but I find his version of events suspect. 😉 Fun story!

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