The Bottom Half – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s photo was provided by Emmy L. Gant. Thanks, Emmy.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing group challenged to write a 100-word story based on a photo. All are welcome. Join in. Here are helpful instructions.

PHOTO PROMPT – © Emmy L Gant

(100 words)

The Bottom Half

A pitcher of ice water with floating lemon slices graced the table, unoffered.

Property manager Zelda dropped the contract in front of Leo. “Welcome to Zephyr Gardens. Just initial and sign.”

Leo flipped through the stack of paper. “Like I’m buying a house. Want an arm? How about both my legs?”

“You can itemize.” Zelda looked away. 

“Like a shopping list? Pool, keys, security, landscaping, housekeeping, dog clean-up…air.” Leo shrieked. “Since when are we paying for air?”

“It’s filtered. Clean,” she said.

He checked a box. “Suppose I gotta have clean air. I can scoop up the poop.”

Zelda shrugged.


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45 thoughts on “The Bottom Half – Friday Fictioneers

    1. I hope that won’t be the case, but some cities are already in trouble, like you said. I have a feeling Leo is not reading the fine print on the bottom, Ali. I hope he knows what he’s signing, too.

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  1. I love Zelda’s take-it-or-leave-it attitude. Great story, Amy. I suppose toilet paper come by the square in the bottom half. I love it when you write humor.


  2. Great dialogue, so funny! And I agree with your protagonist; I can do without a lot, but definitely want clean air! (I read that Mexico City has oxygen bars where folks can get relief from the pollution.)

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    1. Thank, Jan. Clean air would seem to the minimal requirement. Wow, I can’t believe this about oxygen bars! I had no idea. It’s already here, isn’t it? Mexico City’s air is horrible. I just gasp when I see photos. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Trent. I take that as a compliment. I’m a big fan of escapist Netflix. Have you ever seen the “Black Mirror”? It’s techno-paranoia at its best.


      1. I haven’t, actually. Slowly slowly making my way through newest season of House of Cards at the moment, will turn my attention to Black Mirror next. At my speed, it’ll take me a year to get through it.


      2. Watching House of Cards now. I love that one. I watch only a few at a time. It’s my little escape. The nice thing about Black Mirror is that they are not connected with any one storyline. They’re standalones. I bet you would like that one.


  3. Hilarious, Amy. Zelda sounds really thrilled with her job–Not. Poor man. They even have a choice of whether they want to buy clean air. We all knew that was coming didn’t we Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


    1. Zelda is above it all, I think. She couldn’t be bothered with a problem of any sort. I hear they have oxygen bars in Mexico City. I guess it’s here already. Thank you, Suzanne.


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