A Day in the Life of Nanjo Castille: 99 word Flash Fiction

Nanjo stretches in the one room he shares with his mother and ten siblings. Rarely does he get to lie in past 5am.

“Nanjo. You get your good for nuttin’ butt in here NOW.” His mother’s voice is angry but weak from hunger. “We gotta clear out Choco Caramel, Coochi, Ralphiger and Verskatche today. You get your arse on the street and start sellin’.'”

“Ma I think Duparts will come through today.”


Nanjo stepped outside with his goods. He hated begging on the street corners. Preferred the internet.” Cameras whirred. Questions buzzed. Fame from form. “You give’em me bitchcoin.” 

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:

November 9, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fictional story about The Real Nanjo Castille. You can set any gender, era or genre to reveal the character behind the mystery. You can also imagine the daily life of The Real Nanjo Castille. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by November 14, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published November 15). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

Nanjo Castille entered the humorous competition and although it was realised that it was spam and his entry too long to qualify it caused some mirth amongst the Leaders of the various competitions. Nanjo wrote:

Website Overstock

Hello Mrs Geoffarey DuParts. How are you for ten dollars? Or just a $20?
i am Nanjo. I have lots of extra high end luxyry purses and handbags because of website overstock gilch.
Are you intestrested? Let me explain to you how this works, Mrrs Geofarai:
Perfume and excessories all loaded up ready to ship out. The man came in and fool#s forch lift broke down. Cant transport stock out of the building. Gfppd fpr the gppse. Good for the gander/. Hence shooting off quick message in your FAQ bored.
Some of the finest stitching amd sewing work in many of the persfume bptt;es.
Not only that but you will find purses and hand bags of Ralphiger, Verskatche, Mr. Tommy Rott, and Coco Carmel.
How much would you be willing to me for this in money? A very little amount of bitcoin?
$20? For as little as $20 of BiTCHcoin we candei;ver to you a fine Channel bag and perfume for just £20. Reverse the other side of it, and it will fill your home with deliicsours vagrance!
>>>>This is 1 time deal because of warehouse overstock. Lots of high end
>>>> merch including Coochi, Pravda and Choco Caramel handbags.
Fo go go! No time!
By bi.

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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20 Responses to A Day in the Life of Nanjo Castille: 99 word Flash Fiction

  1. Dang, you are the quick draw these days. And your insight here has let me view this character with more sympathy than I have shown in the past.

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  2. Maz says:

    Loved your response . such a lot in a few words.


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  3. Norah says:

    This is a brilliant response, and so clever, Irene. I think you’ve identified Nanjo’s real situation. Your story is hilarious. Sadly, for many, it’s probably too real.

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    When I think of many who spam, I think of the economic injustices that drive many to do so. Although, it’s yet another cog in a capitalistic system that relies on deceit rather than authentic human engagement. I often wonder where the changes can be made for a better world.

    But as always, Irene, your humor comes through!

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    • Thanks Charli. Where changes can be made is the big question and one that politicians don’t want to address. I think the place to start is with a debate local, national and worldwide on what kind of world do we want to live in. At the moment in Australia we seem to only worry about the economy. I think we should be worrying about humanity.

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      • Charli Mills says:

        Such an irony that our nations worry over the economy, when the economy would thrive in a world where people mattered (as much as) profits. My daughter works for a research university as a science writer and we were talking about the gap between researchers focused on technologies that help people but their focus is on getting patents. Then the politicians pass governance to regulate those technologies for profit gain instead of benefiting the people. And the people so focused on “my rights” in regards to the technologies that they step on those of others. What a world. It feels like a burning building at times!

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      • Absolutely and I have no idea how you change the thinking. I like to think that if they put housewives in control of the pursestrings we would see a different set of priorities but is it that once you are up there because you have control even those who think they can’t be corruptible, become so.

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      • Charli Mills says:

        There’s a dynamic to gaining power. The more we gain, the more we need to wield it to keep it. Perhaps that’s why it becomes corruptible. I prefer empowerment. But how do we control our own lives within the collective of humanity? Deep thoughts you’ve brought on.

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      • Yes it is something I think about often. I believe I am not corruptible but I have nothing that no-one wants so I have never been tested. Would I stand the test – I like to think I would but I don’t know for sure. I believe half of our politicians when they started out said they wouldn’t be corruptible and in those I’ve known – only two remained true to themselves. Empowerment is a good way to go. I think that is what you have given the writers with the rodeo. How do we control our own lives within the collective of humanity? I have some thoughts on that subject following a seminar I attended recently but I have to mull a bit more and then perhaps I’ll post my thoughts.

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      • Charli Mills says:

        Maybe those thoughts will work through your writing. You might have an insightful breakthrough!

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      • That would be nice – who knows.

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  6. Annecdotist says:

    Aw, poor Nanjo. Great response to the prompt.

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