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Sing Like a Caged Bird – Friday Fictioneers

Worked an 11-hour shi(f)t and am a tad wired. It’s 1:00 a.m. and I can’t sleep. This story swam in my head on my way home. After some deliberation, this is what I came up with. πŸ™‚

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Sing Like a Caged Bird

“Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in…”

“Shut up!”

“No? Don’t like that one? How ’bout:

‘She’s in the jailhouse now…

For Chrissakes… you are so not worth this agony. Stop!”

“What? You kidnap me, lock me up, hope to get who knows how much moolah from my folks and you want me to keep quiet? Screw you! I’m useless to you dead.

“I’m stuck in Folsom Prison
And time keeps draggin’ on….”

“Fine, Little Birdy, sing. You ain’t getting out β€˜til your folks pay up.” He left, closing the door behind him.

100 thoughts on “Sing Like a Caged Bird – Friday Fictioneers

    • Thank you Jilly… So very glad I did give you your first laugh of the day… and
      as mentioned to a few readers… it was a Freudian slip that was corrected to shi(f)t πŸ˜‰


  1. If they keep singing they’ll either get released or murdered, I think πŸ™‚

    I’m hoping you didn’t really work “an 11-hour shit” 😦 I wouldn’t be able to sleep either after that πŸ™‚

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  2. That’s a very inventive take on the prompt, Dale. And funny as well. Now I look more closely at the prompt, there’s a distinct air of defiance about the caged person. You caught that well.

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  3. The victim fights back. Not sure now which way this will go. For me, I’d let the warbler go and hang the money. Especially when he gets round to the Johnny Cash collection…

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    • Yes, she does. I almost made it so that he let her go… but figured I’d leave it hanging a bit
      As she already did… πŸ˜‰


  4. A new twist on The Ransom of Red Chief. I love it. I like the Johnny Cash, but wish you had time for “Let’s rock everybody, Let’s rock. Everybody in the whole cell block, Was dancing to the …” well, you know… πŸ˜‰

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  5. Q,

    Not where I saw you going with this, but YES! Poetically dark humor, which is right up my alley. I’m just wondering how many songs it’s going to take before the prisoner is released without a ransom . . .

    Peace and necessary melodies

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  6. I only saw your 11 hour shift….. shxt indeed!!!! You poor lamb. I bet you felt kinda caged too – and maybe you thought of all those children in their cages, separated from their parents…. who knows?!

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      • I wasn’t relating to your Freudian slip – but to the endlessly long and tiresome 11h shift! One shouldn’t have to do that anymore at a certain age – I couldn’t even stand on my feet for a fraction of the time…. You are a hero! Bisous (kisses) K

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  7. I hope she’s right that he won’t risk killing her. Some songs will drive even normal people to do crazy things, and this guy is clearly already halfway there! I guess as long as she says away from “Never gonna give you up…”

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  8. Hee-hee, hee πŸ™‚ Well, Dale, I think that captive is living dangerously. If I was into taking people hostage and they kept up that singing (especially if she was tone deaf), I might end up doing something drastic to silence her. There speaks a singer who, at times, could gladly have throttled her fellow singers, but never has … yet!

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  9. That is one feisty little kidnapped person. She definitely ain’t a victim. Great attitude. She needs to find the most annoying ear worm and sing it on repeat, then maybe the kidnapper will let her go to save his sanity.

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    • I like to think so! Now that you say that, it makes me think of a story line on Walking Dead where they torment a prisoner with a song that plays on a loop….

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