Countin’ Boards – Friday Fictioneers – 14 March

We come to another Wednesday which to 100 or so hardy souls means it is time to fib. Okay, maybe tell a fantastical tale sounds more respectful, but either way we are spinning a yarn about something our minds concoct based on a photograph chosen specifically by our gracious hostess with the mostess, Rochelle. This week Adam Ickes is the photo supply culprit. 

copyright – Adam Ickes

(Genre:Fiction) (100 words)


“Fourteen thousand two hundred thirty two boards, forty-two . . . forty two posts. . . thirty two thousand screws . . . thirty five men and women . . . fourteen days . . . fourteen thousand two hundred thirty two boards, forty-two . . . forty two posts. . . thirty two”

“How many times is he going to repeat that?”

“You can never tell. That’s what a savant does. Ever see the movie Rainman?”

“Hoffman and Cruise?” Bert asked.

“That’s it,” Sam replied.

“Seems you would avoid this kind of thing.”

“Wouldn’t matter, he does it everywhere.”



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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13 Responses to Countin’ Boards – Friday Fictioneers – 14 March

  1. Nan Falkner says:

    Good take on the prompt and I bet the count is right on the money! Thanks, Nan

  2. What a well crafted story! Excellent character development within the constraints.

  3. storydivamg says:

    I like your savant. I’m sad to see such a lack of compassion from Sam. I suppose that’s the realistic thing. Having been a case manager for several severely autistic individuals I want there to be something about the comfort that repetition provides the savant or an acknowledgement of how the opportunity to count brings him pleasure. If only we lived in a more perfect world . . .

    Thanks for sharing.



  4. Dee says:

    I like how you have used the boards in the story, which depicts the autistic savant perfectly. To have to listen to someone repeating the same facts over and over and over again, takes a special kind of person.
    Thought provoking, well done Joe.

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