Chicken #FridayFictioneers

“Jump the fence, Tom. Come on. I dare you.”

“Dunno Miranda. Can’t you read the sign? No trespassing. They’ll shoot us.”

“Chicken!” Miranda goaded, all bluff. She’d never do it. The new neighbours were weird, possibly even aliens.

“Am not, chicken” Tom replied, jumping into the never-ending abyss.

“Tom!” Miranda screamed. “TOM!!”


He’d vanished.

Miranda freaked. Home alone, she’d have to jump the fence, wrestle with whatever it was to get her brother back. She didn’t know if she could do it.

Meanwhile, Tom snuck back over the fence and hid.

This was his best prank yet.


This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields. PHOTO PROMPT © Randy Mazie.

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This prompt brought back memories of my brother who had a friend who lived over our back fence. This little girl with long blond curls would climb up a tree on her side and down a tree on ours to visit. I’m not sure how many kids do that now. However, back then  fences between our houses were just a few planks to mark the boundary and we wandered freely in between each others’ houses. Within this friendly, embracing neighbourhood, I could see someone with a No Trespass sign really standing out.

By the way, I celebrated by Big 50 last week. Have been catching up with a whole lot of friends in small groups to make the most of it. It’s still Winter here and so I’m waiting for it to warm up before I organize a big party. I’m looking forward to it.

Best wishes,












38 thoughts on “Chicken #FridayFictioneers

  1. Tannille

    What a little… lol. Great capture of siblings.

    Hmm yes alien neighbours…

    Happy bday. Hope you celebrate big. Remember it’s really about how young you feel!

  2. IreneDesign2011

    Good to hear, that you have been celebrating your big day, Rowena 🙂
    I would like to send you some of our warm here to warm you up. We have had 47 C. here today and now in early evening, we have 36 C. We could share these temperatures and both feel good, I think.

  3. anuragbakhshi

    Ha ha ha. Sounds like a typical brother 🙂 Big congratulations on your landmark Rowena, keep having fun, life is meant for celebrating every moment.

  4. Sandra

    I had a brother like that. Well, almost like that. He’d have made me jump the fence and then left me there, just like the time he said I could be in his gang if I climbed a tree… I was still there when my Dad came looking for me. Happy birthday. Hope you had a lovely day.

  5. michael1148humphris

    I loved climbing walls. Still do. However I often land heavily these days. 🙂

  6. Rowena Post author

    Yes, agreed. We had a kids’ show here in Australia where people pranked their friends. My kids loved it and I was amazed by what they got up it. Took such pranks to a whole new level.

  7. Rowena Post author

    Siblings can be so cruel and yet they’ll be the only ones we can truly reminisce about our childhoods later in life.

  8. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much and I agree with you about making the most out of life. It’s something we need to keep coming back to when things aren’t quite going our way.
    Best wishes,

  9. Rowena Post author

    My husband is good at playing practical jokes. One of his specialties is packing presents up in computer boxes from work and I remember watching one of my friend’s faces light up when she saw the box and I could imagine her thinking: “You shouldn’t have”. Well, he didn’t.
    Best wishes,

  10. Rowena Post author

    Irene, that’s hot even by our standards here. I’ve talked about sharing temperatures before with people around this time of year. It would be fantastic and very profitable too.
    Best wishes,

  11. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Dan. You can never have too many birthday wishes or, for that matter, birthday parties. I am finding out, unfortunately, that you can eat too much.
    Best wishes,

  12. Rowena Post author

    I’ve been thinking of buying myself a full costume of some sort so I could act my shoe size instead of my age.
    Best wishes,

  13. Rowena Post author

    Hadn’t thought of that. You’ve just extended the plot. This story has just taken a step for the worst. That brother might be spending the rest of his life in therapy.

  14. Rowena Post author

    Love your reaction, Liz. Yes, these two are in a world of their own with parents at work. It’s probably surprising that you don’t hear of serious sibling clashes on the news.
    Best wishes,

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