Time again for Friday Fictioneers:
The inter-office soccer match was scheduled for the weekend.
Rumour gave us to believe that the Acme Corporation would field the ex-Olympian, Floyd Stapler in the striker’s position.
Panic reigned at Apex Limited.
We would have to pull something miraculous out of the hat to avoid being thrashed.
It was too late to whip our forwards into shape; one wheezed, one limped and a third had flat feet. Our defence was even worse. Just one option remained. We’d have to rely on Rufus, our team mascot.
Facsimile: Saturday match cancelled. Rufus ate corporate files. All staff working overtime.
46 thoughts on “The Soccer Match”
Very clever Di with a great twist at the end. love it.
Wow, super fast Marg – pleased you enjoyed it and thanks for the positive comment.
Clever. The team mascot doesn’t sound all that promising either. 😉
Thank you, Rochelle. You’re right – there’s just something about goats that doesn’t inspire confidence.
Great twist at the end, as all their hopes of another Air Bud-type miracle gets crushed like so many delicious files. 🙂 Great story.
Pleased you enjoyed it David. Thanks for the positive feedback.
Hah, another funny story. I truly enjoyed this.
Glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to write.
An unexpected ending in the best possible way! This was fun and I love the play on office dynamics.
Thank you Hannah. Appreciate your positive comment.
Nice one Diana, I figured the way they would rely on the mascot was the same way children in movies rely on their dog when they have failed to complete their due assignments lol. Great take on the prompt.
Yes cam gal – I confess to borrowing from the cliche (the dog ate my homework). Thanks for your feedback.
Oh dear, back to the grindstone …
Fun take on the prompt. I love the description of the team 🙂
Thanks for your comment, Siobhan. It was a fun prompt to begin with.
Great! I’m loving all the different takes on the prompt – yours is certainly different. Thanks for the smile.
Ah, I love to elicit a smile in others and I’m looking forward to reading the other stories.
This is a clever story with a great voice, Diana. I love the twist at the end.
Thank you Karen. It was a great prompt to get the little grey cells working.
Apex Limited – hahaha! I’m still chuckling. Imaginative and funny.
Pleased it gave you a laugh, Ellespeth, and appreciate your kind comments.
Very funny and topical. He should have been on the Brazilian team.
Ha ha! I bet the Brazilian’s would have liked to cancel their match against Germany. Thanks for your comments, Liz. Much appreciated.
Diana, That was funny. Actually, it’s more believeable to say a goat ate something than a dog. 😀 Rufus saved the day. Well written. 🙂 —Susan
Patricia, our dogs are rather fussy eaters, but goats eat pretty much anything – so you are quite right! Pleased you found it amusing and thanks for taking the time to comment.
Oops, Susan – I inadvertently addressed you as Patricia. Sorry!
Rufus is a good eater! This is so cute and the team mascot needs some work on him! Nan 🙂
Thank you, Nan. Your positive comments are much appreciated.
Hahaha oh Di this is hilarious! ! What a brilliant take on the prompt and so quickly written too. Congratulations!
Shoot the referee. Shoot the goat. Such a fun story.
Now there’s a solution that didn’t occur to me! Ha ha! Thanks for your comment.
the team mascot saved the day.
Thanks for acknowledging the story. So many different takes on the prompt.
A pleasure to read! 🙂
It was fun to write, too! Thanks for your comment.
What a fun place to go at the end. Some people will do anything to get out of an inter-office football match! Great writing.
All my best,
Thank you Marie Gail. Glad you enjoyed it.
Cute story, very different spin.
Your comment is much appreciated – it’s so interesting reading all the different takes on the prompt.
Thanks, Jessie – loved your take on the prompt too! Thanks for encouraging me into FF – it’s a lot of fun and gets my sluggish creativity moving.
Or was it the staff who ate the files? Anything to avoid a defeat, eh? I’ll never know. Entertaining tale. I was trying to read the names of your books in your site header and was interested in ‘In Tune with the Infinite’. I downloaded a copy onto my iPad. Also The Delight of Hearts is intriguing. Can’t read much else, though I think one is probably The Celestine Prophecy, which I have, in French. I’m a nosey sort. I look forward to reading more of your blog as it develops. 🙂
Thank you for your comment. I’m pleased you found my take on the prompt entertaining. How interesting that you read the book titles on my blog header – that is something I always do myself – read the book titles in other people’s bookshelves, etc when I come across them in magazine articles, for example. It can reveal so much about an individual! I shall also follow your blog with interest.
Postscript for AnnIsikArts – by the way, a lot of the other books in my site header are volumes by Rudyard Kipling – they originally belonged to my Father and were bequeathed to my son – I’m holding them in my care at present.
Absolutely delightful story. The careful thought you put behind it all is very evident. Gotta look out for that Rufus!
So pleased you liked the story! Can’t wait to see the next photo prompt when it arrives here in Australia sometime this evening. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.
Very clever! Love your take on the prompt!! Good job! 🙂
Many thanks, Courtney. I love all the different stories that are inspired by the prompt each week. Lovely way to keep our writing brains in gear.