I got very charged up when I saw the prompt for this week's Friday Fictioneers and thought I'd be positive rather than my usual negative about it.
Yeah, I hate that sentence too.
But I'll push it further: hope you get a charge out of the story below powered by the prompt above.
If you don't, frankly I'll be shocked.
Bottle o' Batteries
Exiting the neighborhood hardware store with a large glass jar clasped under one arm, Ted ran into his friend Michael Farris in the parking lot.
"Hey, Ted," said Michael, "I see you bought the new Eveready Bottle o' Batteries too."
"Well, when you see how jammed full of all different types and sizes of batteries it is, how can you go wrong for a buck?"
"Yeah, that's what I thought too," began Michael ....
"Problem is it's a crap shoot, you can't really tell what you're getting."
"Actually, Ted, it's worse than that."
"The center of the jar doesn't contain any batteries at all!"
"Oh, gee, what is it, full of cardboard?"
"Nah. Hundreds and hundreds of wrapped Godiva chocolates."
"Damn, ripped off again!" shouted Ted, dropping the jar to the parking surface below.
Rip me off. Oh please rip me off. Godiva chocolates? Poor Michael, his contacts must be corroded. Glad to see you're ever-ready with a story, Perry. You wrote a AAA-1 piece this week.
Well, I don't know about his contacts but mine have needed serious replacement since the 70's.
Thanks, Rochelle, you're doing an AAA job as the new Prompt Master!
Like Doug, you got lots of battery reference in your intro. My question, though, is are they dark chocolates?? I guess I'll find out when I get home and opened the bottle he tossed. :-)
I agree with Rochelle, rip me off. She is doing a great job.
Nice idea for the prompt.
Oh my! And Ted actually dropped the jar on the parking surface. What a pity. Wonderful story.
Good one! I enjoyed it. I'm at http://banterwithbeth.blogspot.com
Hahaha good one...
A shockng story. As shocking as Lady Godiva naked. Always look forward to a good jolt of laughter from your story. Never a dud! Ron
That sounds like a bargain, Perry. Chocolates to go with? What could be better? That was a good laugh. Nice one!
Chocolates.... Rip me off anytime! Nice job.
Yes, the darkest most delicious chocolates to be found anywhere.
But I'm afraid you won't find out when you get home because I already ate them off the parking lot surface!
She is a tough but fair Prompt Master. I haven't been officially censured yet for going over the 100 word limit, but I'm expecting to hear from her Counsel General any day now...
Well, when ya want batteries, ya want batteries!
Thank you, Beth! Enjoyed yours as well.
Thanks for the LOL, Boomie!
If I find any additional chocolates lying around, maybe I'll call you.
Lady Godiva Naked!
I'm grabbing for my heart! Oh, wait. That's been done already.
Well, one man's bargain is another man's rip-off. Or something like that.
Nah, I'll just shoot 'em at you with my slingshot.
Chocolates and batteries? Hmmm... okay, force me. I'll have to take the batteries. ;)
I was going to run to that parking lot and grab the Godiva chocolates but had second thoughts realizing my mouth may be full of glass and shards. Nice work.
Well, Godiva chocolate isn't my favorite, but it IS chocolate. I'd say it was a good deal.
What a great deal.
Hijinx at the hometown hardware. My jar contained Waldo, of "Where's Waldo?" fame, the copper-top version of course. I was so angry, I could bite his head off, but that alkaline taste is hard to get rid of.
seems worth a buck for sure.
Hah! I loved how you stopped just before the inevitable smash of glass - no need to write it, we all saw and heard it clear enough.
I'm at number 50.
an eclectic, I mean electric take. Good one. I like Hershey's anyway!
Reminds me of a time a street boy sold someone I know a flash disk for about 20% of the going price at the time.
No, you don't, I want the batteries.
You'll have to take each and every one of the chocolates, no argument!
Don't worry. Remember they were each individually wrapped to withstand guys dropping the bottle in disgust.
What is your favorite? I'll work it into the next story just for you ...
No, it's a lousy deal. You don't get anywhere near all the batteries promised.
I smell class action suit!
That's where he is after all these years!
I never thought to look for him there. Yes, by all means, bite his head off, he's been annoying us all for far too long!
Well, maybe on a day you've got a few extra bucks in your pocket ...
Yes, I've been mature enough to avoid gratuitous violence in my writing ever since I was 57.
Well, for you then, it's made of Hershey's.
In keeping with the holiday season, it's a magical bottle o' batteries!
I think there were a couple of flash drives in the bottle as well.
The battery jokes just keep going and going and....
Great story and more than up to your usual amperage.
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