Chat noir: Friday Fictioneers

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photo prompt © J Hardy Carroll

It was a disaster waiting to happen, During the renovations flamable paints were left lying around in amongst debris that needed only a spark to set it alight. The fire had smouldered before igniting the experts decreed. A preventable accident. Someone had to be held responsible. Politicians, architects, builders and the work foremen were all questioned. Money passed hands. New evidence showed it was arson. Probably the mafia. More money passed hands and the prosecutor’s family threatened before the mafia was cleared. The charred remains of a cat were found. No-one was to blame. A clear cut case of spontaneous combustion.

Thank you for hosting Friday Fictioneers Rochelle and thank you to J Hardy Carroll for the photo prompt.

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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60 Responses to Chat noir: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Danny James says:

    I smell something suspicious.


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  2. I hate it when cats do that!

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  3. Dear Irene,

    You can’t trust animals. I can’t help but think of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow who set off the great Chicago fire. 😉 Good one.



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  4. neilmacdon says:

    The world was ever so

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  5. Yes, black magic is so much more likely than mafia arson.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Poor cat, an innocent victim and then has the whole thing pinned on it!

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  7. James says:

    Poor kitty was a fire starter (like in Stephen King’s novel).

    My wife had the garage painted recently. On Friday, they’d put on an oil-based coat that smelled to high heaven. Good thing the painters are diligent about removing any hazards (except to my breathing).

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  8. When enough money changes hands, the cat is always left holding the bag. Great story, Irene, very clever.

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  9. Lynn Love says:

    Enough money is banded about and the problem mysteriously goes away. Nicely told Irene

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  10. Ha ha – they let the cat out of the bag?

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    What a great take on the prompt!

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  12. granonine says:

    This is so well written that I find myself angry at all the evil people involved.

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  13. Sandra says:

    The truth is an ever-changing scenario, depending on the artist. Good one.

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  14. Varad says:

    The living pin the blame on the dead to wash their hands off. Nicely done, Irene. Now we know what might be the reason for all those forest fires – spontaneously combusting animals.

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  15. You’re a cynic, Irene, but probably wise to be one 🙂

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  16. Hee hee. You are impussibly clever.

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  17. Charli Mills says:

    I’m still thinking the mafia is behind this catastrophe!

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  18. k rawson says:

    Cat must’ve used up her eight other lives! I’m watching my own cat more closely now 😉

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  19. The vagaries of law and the hoodwinking of justice. No wonder she is blindfolded!

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  20. Dale says:

    Funny how that all works out…

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  21. In the end… the money wins

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  22. rachelmalik99 says:

    Hi Irene, so much cynicism in these stories – which I completely agree with. I like all the possible ‘explanations’.


  23. Nan Falkner says:

    Ah, but it wan’t an accident at all. My husband was a fireman for 5 years and he said that they never caught an arsonist but when he was in high school, two shady guys came to the gas station where he was working and bought 5 gallons of gas in a container in the afternoon. Within five minutes, the dilapidated chicken house was on fire and the fire trucks were on the way. No evidence of mischief was found and no solid evidence, so the insurance was paid out.

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  24. Mike says:

    Sounds like New York City, ha.

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