Thin the Herd – Friday Fictioneers – 6 December

Welcome back to the addictive fun of Friday Fictioneers! You know the best fiction can be found right here. Led by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, we take the photo and weave our magic with prose and poetry to entertain you. All around the world writers eagerly await their weekly tonic. Randy Mazie is the source of the photo for inspiration this week.

copyright – Randy Mazie

(Genre:Fiction) (100 words)


Six people in ragged clothes looked up at the front of their temporary refuge. The leader shook his head before speaking.

“You had one job Hugo. Just one.”

“Hugo no spell. Hugo bash heads,” a hulking giant of a man barked.

“He IS the enforcer,” another said.

“Just cover it with more plywood,” a third replied.

“Zombies can’t spell anyway,” another voice reasoned.

Their leader lowered his head to rest in his hands. A 189 IQ and he landed in a group of knuckleheads who put together might match his intelligence. The next plan was deciding who he sacrificed first. 




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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21 Responses to Thin the Herd – Friday Fictioneers – 6 December

  1. elmowrites says:

    Ah, trust the writers to pick up on the spelling! I sense that’s going to be a popular theme this week. Although, if the zombies are coming, knuckle might outvalue brains. He should keep Hugo around

  2. atrm61 says:

    Ha!ha!That is cute that Hugo and the poor ,poor leader-stuck with such dumb heads!Just loved this Joe:-)

  3. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    I invented my own misspelling for this one, darling — grammar and spelling are a particular peeve of mine as well.

  4. Jan Brown says:

    A double irony, since they were already “tressrassing” when they spray-painted the warning. I hope he doesn’t sacrifice Hugo. He might be needed in the very near future:-)

  5. Super tale, full of grim humour.
    AnElephant loves it.

  6. “Hugo no spell. Hugo bash heads” That makes me laugh. I love the spelling in the picture too. You used it well.

  7. Dear Joe,

    Kudos for catching the “no tressrassing” and working it in. Even Zombies have to bear the slings and arrows of knuckleheads, eh? He should make it a group sacrifice. 😉 Fun story.



  8. neenslewy says:

    A load of story in this short flash! Glad someone has mentioned the bad spelling 😉

    • Joe Owens says:

      My wife calls me a spelling Nazi. It was not a priority when she grew up and was imperative as I did. Now when I see misspelling it flashes in my eyes as if a beacon. Usually if anything is misspelled in my writing it is due to my poor typing.

  9. Good one Joe. Zombies eh…topical these days. Hmmm…and a sacrifice very interesting.

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