A Halt in the line: Friday Fictioneers

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© J Hardy Carroll

Three days had passed and not a soul had sat in the waiting room.

“I’m bored.” Gabe idly flicked through the register book. “It’s unbelievable. No-one has come to us. They can’t all have been bad.”

“You wouldn’t think so. Out of 151,600 people each day,  normally we would get at least a third. Usually we’re full of people. I’ll have to get a new job if this continues.”

“You don’t think they’ve finally cracked it?” The red warning  light started flashing before Peter could answer. He rushed to the controls.

“Shit” he said “The ascension angels have gone on strike.

In response to the photo prompt provided by J Hardy Carroll for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Follow the link to read other interpretations or to take part yourself.



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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24 Responses to A Halt in the line: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Even the messengers of God may take the road of social activism in a broken world. What a great story, Irene.

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  2. Sandra says:

    Nothing would suprise me, these days. Great take.

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Brilliant! You really did mean, “not a soul”! I love your humorous twists.

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  4. Brilliant story. Love this

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  5. Ah.. I guess the good one are piling up in limbo… wonder what the angels strike for.

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  6. gahlearner says:

    This was hilarious, I love it. Gabe doing the statistics, LOL.

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  7. Sherri says:

    LOL! Love it!!! Not a ‘soul’…oh you are very clever and so good at these flashes Irene, they are brilliant!!

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  8. Dear Irene,

    What a unique take. What will we do with the angels on strike? I enjoyed this.



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  9. Pingback: Weekend Coffee Share: 22nd May 2016 | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

  10. And the title (which I read last) cracked me up!

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