Friday Fictioneers: ALAS…


ALAS… A Drabble for FriFic

The Globe Theatre had been awash with excitement for a fortnight. Shouts of “The Queen is coming!” could be heard as workers scurried about applying a dab of fresh paint here, a bit of new carpet there, and of course the Royal Box had to be completely redone. And now, the night had finally come.

In his dressing room, the great Sir Michael Fitzpatrick was beside himself. In two hours, he would be giving the most important performance of his career, restoring the luster to his crown that a series of B movies had dimmed.  Alas, poor Yorick was missing.

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I like photos like this one by my friend Sean Fallon, who lives in Istanbul, has a new hot wife and is writing an exciting political thriller.  Rochelle chose it for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt.  Look at the photo… find inspiration… write a 100 word story.

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This week’s bonus is a photo of noted Shakespearean actor Daniel Mayes demonstrating his best “Alas poor Yorick” moves to Ula and her friend.


29 responses

  1. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio/Ted. 🙂


    1. Actually, I played Rosencrantz in Hamlet. Thanks, Janet!

  2. Oh, love it! Where on earth is Yorick? More importantly, why has he disappeared.

    1. The prop master has been fired!

  3. ted be, or not ted be… well done, sir.

    1. Good one… thanks, Rich.

  4. Dear Ted,

    A good story, well told. Nice to see you here. 😉



    1. Nice to be back, Rochelle. Thank you.

  5. I enjoyed how you saw this prompt and where it took you. Very good.

  6. Aw, Rich has already stolen my line. Oh, well, he got there first! Nice one, Ted.

    1. I hate it when that happens… Thanks, Joanna.

  7. Ted! it’s good to see you again. 🙂 a nice comeback!

    1. Thanks, you to, KZ… your ‘Orange’ story was quite sexy!

  8. Ted, it’s nice to have you back. Well, at least part of you is back. Nice take on the prompt.

    1. Thanks, Russell, nice to be back.

  9. This was fun! I’ve never tried to write a 100 word story before.

  10. LOL! I loved this 100 word story, excellent take on the prompt.

    1. Thanks, Glynis… this picture had a lot going on. I don’t recall the moment this idea popped into my head, but it was one that seemed to write itself.

  11. Love it, good to have you back in the game, sir

    1. Nice to be back, Sean. Thanks. And, thanks for the photo.

  12. […] in Istanbul and very often me and my hot new wife (My wife was very happy with that description, Ted) will go exploring. One of our favourite places is near Galata […]

  13. Ha.. that was way too funny Ted.. love it.

  14. Odds bodkins, what a lark!
    Spiffing stuff, sir.

  15. Oh dear, I wonder who nicked Yorick? Great take in the prompt.

  16. Neat parallel transformations here: the theater and the actor’s career. Like the Royal Box being spiffed up, hopefully Sir Fitzpatrick will shine on the stage.

  17. Is Ula giving the skull or Yorick back? I can’t imagine her stealing it from the prop room 😆

  18. Bravo! Now off with the propmasters head! Problem solved.

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