Friday Fictioneers – Shoeshine

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Horacio recognises trouble when he sees those shoes. They are plain evil—dusty brown, the leather hard and cracked like the soil after a six-month drought. These are devil shoes. The feet plant themselves on the shoeshine stand with swaggering confrontation.  

Horacio’s shoeshine station is reserved for good men. They ascend its throne to rent, for five minutes, the lofty experience of a master craftsman serving at their feet. Uptown is better, in the canyons where they excavate money. Or the tourists in the plaza, but they wear flipflops. You can’t shine flipflops.

“Begone devil,” he says to the shoes.

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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

42 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Shoeshine

  1. The shoe shine guy stayed in character throughout, excellent — first paragraph, stunning, stunning writing. V good story.

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  2. I really like this story, Neil. The concept of ‘devil shoes’ is intriguing. As Ain says, the character of the shoeshine man is wonderfully consistent. And you have that glorious line ‘Uptown is better, in the canyons where they excavate money.’ Kudos!

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  3. So many wonderful, poetic phrases in this one. I’ll admit I have some “devil shoes” and those are the comfiest ones! But, I would never *presume* to go to a shoeshine station with them. I mean, the sheer hubris. Such a fun story.

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