Anybody’s Man – Friday Fictioneers: 10th August, 2022.

Malcolm wasn’t going to let being broke and homeless come between him and his daily brew. Oozing charisma and charm, albeit in rugged, unshaven way, Malcolm flirted outrageously with Roberto the Barista at Mecca Cafe for free coffee, while shagging Angel over at Nicko’s Pizzeria. After all, a man has to eat. Playing a game of pass-the-parcel, Malcolm also couch-surfed through the rank and file of St Thomas’s Anglican Church. While they were hell-bent on saving his soul, he was happy praying along and raiding the fridge. Anything to survive. Everyone was only too happy to help the homeless.

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99 words Photo © Roger Bultot

This is another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields.

Best wishes,

Rowena

P.S. My apologies for not being around for a bit. I was doing a course in freelance Journalism and was a bit over-focused.

28 thoughts on “Anybody’s Man – Friday Fictioneers: 10th August, 2022.

  1. michael1148humphris

    You have packed so much into this, very well done, as for Malcom, well he had better move on quickly

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Tannille. I’ve been thinking s could lead to a longer story where Malcolm will get sprung. Could be a lot of fun.
    I really enjoyed the course and got so much out of it. I still have two more courses to go. One on the business of feature writing and the other on writing profiles. I was lucky to get 40% off.
    BTW thought you might appreciate my latest post. My daughter brought home one of those baby simulator dolls. This is just about my experience: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2022/08/12/becoming-an-instant-grandmother/
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  3. Rowena Post author

    Interesting perspective and the do-gooders exploiting him. I’ll have to put some thought into that. I hadn’t really thought about them benefiting in some way through their altruism. However, I do know there can be kudos for being seen to help others in many social circles. Very interesting.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  4. Rowena Post author

    That’s a very interesting point, James. A friend of mine used to have a sign on her wall saying “Home is where the heart is”. This fits very well with homeless people and travellers.
    I backpacked through Europe in 1992 when I was 22 and crashed out with people and it’s much easier to do that when you fit inside the social norms. However, the people who really need our help are those people who for whatever reason don’t fit within those boundaries yet are not menacing and yearn for love, acceptance and belonging which can be so elusive.

  5. James McEwan

    Yes, When the safety net has gone, what do you do? there are one or two street sleepers in Glasgow who refuse hostel accommodation, they prefer their own company.

  6. Rowena Post author

    I hear of that here too, and to be perfectly honest, sometimes that freedom can seem alluring. I’m married with an 18 and 16 year old at home and three dogs. Sometimes, it would be nice to escape it all. Indeed, my husband are finally going away together next weekend as our daughter has a comp on interstate with school. Freedom is calling!!! Yahoo!

  7. Tannille

    The courses sound amazing.

    Wow, I thought those dolls were American sitcom props. Sounds annoying. In high school I got issued chicks.

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