The Front Line :: A Drabble

Happy Drabble Day: a short work of fiction, exactly 100 words in length.

Join me. Create your own 100-word piece of fiction. The more dabbling with drabbles the merrier. Tag your post with ‘Friday Drabble’ and use the hash-tag #fridaydrabble on Twitter.

As is the case whenever there is a “Wednesday’s What is It?”, I talk about the mystery photo before I share the drabble.

Folks, I tried super hard to stump you this week. In fact, I was confident no one would correctly guess the picture. Then the first guess appeared in my comments section, and the wind left my sails of confidence. The first guess was followed by a second correct guess, and I hung my head in shame. On the bright side – out of 14 guessers, only 3 guessed correctly.

Today, I tip my hat to Alternifolium – formerly known as Hipster Gardner. He responded to the challenge within minutes of the post going live – and he nailed it. Great job, Alternifolium. I am so glad you played. I’d also like to acknowledge the other two correct guessers: Beth Ann and 1PointPerspective. Well done!

Just like last week, I’ve hidden the answer in the drabble. Enjoy!


The Front Line

“The kid has no respect. He’s been behind the front line for too long and has no clue what the front lines are like.” Nico said.
“He’s still kinda young, don’t you think?” Luke asked.
“He needs to be taught a lesson. Period.”

“Jimmy!” Luke yelled. “Get over here. Nico wants you in front.”
“But, I’m not ready.”
“Get over there. NOW, Pinhead!”
“Stand firm!”
Jimmy watched as the bowling ball rolled towards him at breakneck speed.
He closed his eyes, braced for impact, and screamed.
Suddenly, he heard the others laughing around him – laughing at him.
Gutter ball.


11 thoughts on “The Front Line :: A Drabble

  1. YAY!!! I have a bowling ball in my kitchen—weird, I know!!! My brother in law with Down Syndrome works at a local workshop where they repurpose bowling balls and pins and make them works of art!!! So I had that in my view when I answered and I guess it was right!!! I wont’ be so lucky next time—it was a good one, Lenore! Thanks for letting us all play along!

    1. Okay. That makes me feel better, Beth Ann. I was blown away that you came out of the gate knowing the answer. Alas, with a bowling ball staring at you in the very room where you sit – well, it makes sense. Good for you! (Thanks for playing.)

    1. If you were on the team, Lisa – I am certain it was a compliment. And, I am sure whenever you stepped up to the ally, there wasn’t a pinhead standing when you were done.

  2. Great story! Don’t feel about about not fooling people with the photo. You had me going even after I read this. I had to wrack my brain to figure out what in bowling had a hole – duh.

    1. Thank you, Peg. I guess you were just over-thinking the bowling ball thing. Too much detail for a smart woman like you – it confused you. 🙂 Glad you liked the story.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I thought the cleanliness and coloring of the hole was very ‘non-bowling’ ball. I also hoped it was a random enough item that folks would get stumped. Thank you for visiting.

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