Alastair’s Photo Fiction – 25th of August – They Have No Idea

If it is Sunday then it is time for Alastair’s Photo Fiction Prompt. We are allotted between 100-200 words to make the picture have some meaning. As with other photo prompts there is so many directions to go and if you have not joined in on the fun yet you will love the opportunity. ***Note: I mean no disrespect to the subjects of the story, it is merely fiction and part of the character’s method of speaking. 


“I am buying those swords,” Larry said.

“They aren’t real,” Jerry commented.

“Let’s ask,” Larry replied.

The pair walked up to the podium where an auctioneer sat, waiting on the next lot to be presented and made their inquiry. The auctioneer sized up the two hicks like he did all potential suckers and began to feed them the line of bull he thought would push them to spend for the novelty items.

“They are genuine articles discovered during World War Two. While some of our boys were stuck on some God forsaken island out there in the Pacific fighting those little Japs they found these in a cave. You know how little they were back then. It’s no wonder they couldn’t win the war.”

When the bidding started Larry made sure he took them home, outbidding all competitors. As he and Larry walked away the auctioneer chuckled and told a friend,” They have no idea what they just did.”

As Larry and Jerry walked away Larry said, “They have no idea what we just did.” He recognized the markings on the set that authenticated the period pieces. For three hundred dollars he had purchased a set worth twelve thousand.


I want to point you flash fiction writers to another options. It is Flash in the Pan, where you right short fiction 50-150 words respectively to words chosen and posted each week. Of the total submitted, 250 responses will be collected and published by Redmund Productions. You can check the details at the following link: Flash in the Pan.

About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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9 Responses to Alastair’s Photo Fiction – 25th of August – They Have No Idea

  1. RoSy says:

    I guess this goes to show that there is always someone there to one up you…

  2. zookyworld says:

    Nice turn that the buyers pulled one on the auctioneers, who deserves it for not knowing the value of the swords and trying to swindle the two guys. Also, thanks for the note about Flash in the Pan — I’ll have to check it out.

  3. nightlake says:

    interesting take:) After all the things the auctioneer said, he probably deserves it

  4. Christine says:

    Ha! That’ll teach ’em to judge a book by the cover. 🙂 This is great, Joe – but I think you linked the wrong post to Trifecta!

  5. jannatwrites says:

    Someone was going to come out ahead here- glad it was the ‘hicks’. Goes to show you can’t tell much about someone by the way they look 🙂

  6. Brilliant! And I have to say, the auctioneer deserves it. 🙂

  7. misskzebra says:

    Well, everyone walked away from that one happy. Whether they remain so is a different matter…

  8. summerstommy2 says:

    Good one Joe I like the sense of who is stealing from whom.

  9. Alastair says:

    Oh I love that 😀 The Auctioneer thinks they are worthless and the buyers think they are priceless. But which are right 😉

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