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Listen to the Misses (Friday Fictioneers)

December 20, 2018

Copyright – Adam Ickes


“You forgot them, didn’t you?”

“Look, she’ll be right, mate. Mowing grass is—”

“Dangerous in bare feet. Honey, please.”

“You want the grass done before Christmas, right? Cricket in the back yard, bbq chicken and salads, summer sun. Aussie Christmas. I’m getting it done.”

“It’ll take five seconds.”

“All good.”


The scream brought her running. How she got the mower off she didn’t remember. Blood was everywhere. She didn’t curse. Didn’t remind him she’d been right. Just bundled him up, jumped in the ute and drove straight to hospital. Christmas was spent in the emergency room. Two toes gone.


This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

I write a lot of danger and action scenes. I prefer it to stay fiction. IRL, please stay safe this holiday season all. Don’t take silly risks. 🙂

Word count: 100


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  1. Excruciating and so avoidable, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was true!

  2. A grizzly seasonal tale, Laurie

  3. Ouch! That’s a nasty one! 🙂

  4. She didn’t say, “I told you so.” Good for her, so sad he didn’t listen. Grisly tale with a good reminder to stay safe.

  5. Ghastly but thank goodness it wasn’t fatal. A cautionary tale well told.

  6. Dear Laurie,

    Warm weather and Christmas…such a foreign concept in the land of White Christmas. 😉 I could live without the snow myself. That last paragraph made me cringe and wince. Painfully good story.



  7. Abhijit Ray permalink

    Paid a heavy price not heeding her advice. When in doubt, listen to your wife.

  8. This is sad. If only he would have listened to her…
    Safety comes first!! He will remember this incident forever and not repeat the same mistake ever, I guess.

  9. Serves him right. But, she cared enough to find her inner strength to lift the mower.

  10. It happens. Losing two toes is very bad. Losing a whole foot is much worse.

  11. michael1148humphris permalink

    Yikes, a right warning to all who read this story.

  12. Saw that one coming a mile away… the thought of it makes me just cringe!

  13. Quite sinister in a way. Great job!

  14. Sometimes save minutes saved can cost you an arm and a leg… guess two toes is a low price.

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