99 word flash fiction: Toilets

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Toilets have long been a preoccupation of mine. I tell of my toilet life in an earlier post which has some great toilet pictures. Well great if you happen to like toilets. And then there is my toilet memoir.  A point to take note of when trying to teach children. Following this was Snapshots (sans photo), yet another toilet piece. However all my pieces are humorous, light pieces of the toilet obsessed person.

There  is a more serious side to toilets which is the reason that something to do with toilets became the topic of this prompt given to us by Charli. World Toilet Day. Amarnaik tells us that “daily 620 million Indians are defecating in the open. That’s half the population dumping over 65 million kilos  of poo out there every day. If this poo continues to be let loose on us, there will be no escaping the stench of life threatening infections, diseases and epidemics.”  He says “It’s time to take the poo to the loo.” To read more of his facts and stats go here. Even more sobering when you consider that this is just India. What about the rest of the developing world. See more at UNICEF and also see more at Anne’s where she also has many links to other articles.

We may laugh at our many styles of thrones,

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

and we might complain about the seat being left up — but at least we have them.

Sobering in another way is my flash for today.

“Don’t wait.” June said, already entering the toilet block. Overcome by the stench of ammonia she gagged as she engaged the latch. The opener broke in her hand. There was no way out. She waited. The reek of stale urine was nauseating so, balancing on the toilet, she propelled herself, legs straddling the stall’s dividing wall. She hesitated. The odour’s source was now visible. She slid down the wall, feet flailing trying to find the toilet. Her feet slipped on the wet seat, entering the bowl with a sickening crack. No escape, she waited for rescue and an ambulance.





About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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19 Responses to 99 word flash fiction: Toilets

  1. andy1076 says:

    ugm… you’ll excuse me if I pass on the first one lol 🙂


  2. TanGental says:

    Boy and I thought I was fixated! Grim little story too. Stuff of nightmares.


  3. Definitely has the ick factor. Your memoir brought to mind some of the horrific so-called toilets we’ve used in our travels. ‘Nuf said!


  4. bkpyett says:

    Like the little story on the end too! Much to be grateful for living in a country with sanitation. 🙂


  5. mewhoami says:

    Oh no! Not a good place to get stuck. Ew!


  6. Annecdotist says:

    Great to encounter a fellow obsessive! I imagine your fascination, like mine, comes from your globetrotting encounters with toilets that don’t quite match the standards we have at home.
    I love your pictures and, of course, deeply envious of the first, and your flash is fabulous. Hope it didn’t take too long for the ambulance to arrive,


  7. Charli Mills says:

    Glad to see you have long been breaking the loo taboo in writing (and photos)! Your flash reminds me of one of my greatest worries–getting locked in a bathroom. I’ve had panicked moments pushing on a door that won’t budge only to realize it pulls open. 🙂 Great flash and links!

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  8. Geez…what a story. That is dreadful (the situation, not the writing). 🙂 Great flash.

    Love the pictures, especially the first one, and have to come back to read your toilet memoir. That’s a hook if ever I saw one.


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