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False advertising (Friday Fictioneers)

June 8, 2017

Beth slammed the hammer against the wood over and over taking out the days frustrations on the old water-logged frame. The door burst open swinging drunkenly back and forth. The musty smell of dust, rotted plant life and animal droppings assaulted her nose. “Oh hell.” It took two hard shoves to get the door all the way open. Weeds and roots had erupted from the once tiled floor creating dangerous tripping hazards everywhere.

“Hun, how’s it look?”

“You don’t want to know!” she called. This “fixer-upper” was not quite the “it might require a little weekend work” the advertisement implied.



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word count: 100



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  1. A little weekend work is going to turn into a little lifetime’s work, I suspect. Nicely done.

  2. Dale permalink

    Yep… methinks there are more than a few weekends to be sacrificed!

  3. OOPPS! Sounds like a bunch of weekends are going to be lost.

  4. Sounds like most fixer-uppers these days. Nice job

  5. Dear Laurie,

    I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of the funniest movies ever. enjoy. Some fixer uppers were meant to be passed up on. Good one.



  6. Reblogged this on Julaina Kleist-Corwin and commented:
    Need a story prompt? Laurie Bell has one for you.

  7. Ewww, nasty – I can smell it from here!

    ‘Look at it now’ My story.

  8. Wow–sounds like they’d do better to just tear it down and start over/1

  9. Sounds like it’s better to find a better deal…

  10. Oh dear, never believe the estate agent’s blurb

  11. Laurie, isn’t the truth! We’ve been to houses that said “Some remodeling needed” and they looked like a death trap! Very, well done! Nan

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