Friday Fictioneers: The Old Man and The See

Welcome Dear Readers!  Great News! If I was abducted by aliens last night, they returned me!  Proving once again it’s the little things that make life worth living.  

Speaking of making life worth living, it’s Friday Fictioneers Picture Prompt Challenge Day brought to us by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields over at her blog, Addicted to Purple.  Today’s 100-word story challenge is inspired by this picture:

Copyright – John Nixon

The Old Man and The See

Hello little lady, I see you got dishes.


You got anything for gout?

Sorry no.

I see you got lots of sweaters.


I was on a battleship in the Pacific in WWII. Four years.


I see you got washboards.


I was a marksman so they put me as a gunner.  I killed a lot of people.


You got anything for gout?

Sorry no.

I see you got wedding dresses.


My wife’s been dead 14 years now come September.


I see you got clocks.


You got anything for gout?

Sorry no.

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Until next time . . . I love you

55 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Old Man and The See

  1. This reminds me if Bud!! I’m pretty sure he had gout didn’t he? Or at least a few bad legs and lots of World War II stories.

    Can you imagine if he went into the “shut the hell up Girlfriend” store?

    • Ahaha! Me too! I used to work in a hotel coffee shop and a lot of old people lived in the hotel and would come down every day for breakfast and ask the same questions and say the same things. I guess the older we get, the more circular our thinking becomes.

  2. Good thing you started looking for “ee” titles from the end of the alphabet instead of the front. A few letters over, and instead of “no”, she might have answered “depends”…

  3. Hi Linda,(TShirt on) I loved this. I can relate to the gout question. Beautifully expressed Linda. There is a sadness about old age and loneliness.

    • Aha! I hope that TShirt is comfortable!! I hear gout is the most painful thing in the world. I am so sorry you suffer from it. I read recently somewhere that they think it’s caused by a vitamin deficiency. I can’t remember where I read it or what vitamin it was though. (What I really need is a my brain, Peanuts thinking cap!) 😀

  4. I always look forward to reading yours, and this week was no exception. I came expecting something funny, and in its way it was, but the underlying concept was heartbreakingly sad. A really good piece Linda – such a truly convincing conversation that characterised the old man perfectly. Thanks for brightening my day. 🙂

    • Oh Sandra! Thank you so much for your kind words. I used to drive an 83 year old WWII vet to his appointments and we had a lot of conversation like this one. I so glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  5. lol i feel like i had that conversation with someone before.. one of the patients at the hospital, i guess. he seems like a nice guy, just looking for a conversation. lovely story 🙂

  6. Nothing for the gout, so sorry… I agree with the others that there’s a sadness here, that the old guy sounds lonely. He needs a group of folks to sit down with and play some serious card games and chat about their experiences. That, and he needs something for the gout, too.

  7. I like the rhythm of this. It’s like tap dancing – well, if you didn’t have gout, that is. I like the repetition: gout, gout, gout. Adds to the beat. Everything he sees triggers a memory. That’s what happens when you get older, so good characterisation. Well done. Great story.

  8. Try concentrated Black Cherry juice and high doses of vitamin C. That’ll clear up the gout. As for the memory problem, there’s no hope. As for the memory problem, there’s–did I already say that?

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