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What Are the Odds? – Friday Fictioneers

Hola my peeps!  Yessiree, it’s me, participatin’ in the weekly activity known as Friday Fictioneers which starts on a Wednesday, coz that’s how we roll… Get in early, keep up with the new arrivals and Bob’s your uncle!  This week, our hostess with the mostest, Rochelle, has selected a photo from Lisa Fox.  Don’t ask me why I went where I did. I just did. Coz that’s how I roll 😉 Plus, OK… maybe when I first saw the image smaller, I saw something else. But since my brain went there, who am I to redirect it?  If’n you come up with something more betterer, then please, by all means, click on the frog below and add the link to your 100-word story!

A Famous Horse

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There’s the pistol!  And they’re off!  We can barely tell one from the other.  Round the bend they go and it’s Smiley-Joe in the lead. Not too far behind is Jack-in-the-Box with Happy-Go-Lucky sneaking up.  Lucky Charm is at the back of the pack and there is no way he’s gonna be a contender!

Wait! What’s going on?  There he goes… he’s surging outta the pack!  Holy crap! He’s past Suzie-Q, now Sweet-Cheeks.  He’s closing in on Happy-Go-Lucky!

My God! I’ve never seen anything like it.  It’s like he’s possessed!  Whoa!  What an upset!  No one saw Lucky Charm coming!


K. Normally I don’t dig on explanations to stories, choosing for readers to make of it what they will.  However, let me just say I thought I saw a vine climbing higher…

123 thoughts on “What Are the Odds? – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Dale,

    I’d be one of the first to ask how you got there from the prompt. It don’t make me no nevermind. I enjoyed the race. That’ll teach me to bet on Smiley-Joe, won’t it? Fun stuff.

    Shalom and lotsa gallopin’ hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I almost ‘splained it below my story but decided against it… However, just fer you, lemme say that I thought I saw one vine climbing further than the rest. Only when I added the pic to my post, in much bigger, did I see it was a tree wit a few branches reaching high. I decided to stick with my story 😉 So awful glad it made no nevermind to you and you still enjoyed it…

      Shalom and lotsa best-odds love,


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    • Brilliant, eh? Well now… But I’ll take it 😉
      And yes, this is true, a tree’s limbs can branch off higher and farther… 😀


  2. It looks like a vine to me, too. Makes perfect sense. 😏
    And your story made me think of a comedy song my husband used to play, Spike Jones, “Beetlebaum.” It was his Dad’s album.

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  3. “I’ll have what she’s having.” 🙂

    I didn’t know it was a race, much less professionally announced.

    You seem to be rolling in funny waters today, Dale. Well done.

    I agree —- go with what you see.

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  4. Q

    Thank you for bringing the “vines” back, seeing as how the social media equivalent went the way of the rotary phone many moons ago. You’re definitely on a nature kick, and I say we need lots more where that came from. 😉

    As for the explanation? I’m pretty fucking relieved you provided because I was going to come off simpler than Simon otherwise. I thought maybe it was a race between several burglars falling OFF the building. Or maybe some rodents scurrying up the funky ladder. But seriously, I was going to be at a loss.

    Here’s to a race worth tuning in for!


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    • Thank you, Iain. I was going to use the real Kentucky Derby names but hey… why not exercise my own imagination 😉 And my mind is weird this week!

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    • Harness thing, eh? (I’m ignorant of all things horse racing related!). Glad you thought it was original… Now that you said “weed” I can’t help think of the Rumor Weed in Veggie Tales… Lordy…


  5. i don’t see the connection of the story to the prompt at first, but seeing the vine racing to the top must be it. the clinical term for it is called apophenia.

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  6. I don’t know where my comment went. I was scrolling through my reader and saw your post. I “Liked” it yesterday and wrote telling you so, but it magically…disappeared. Anyway, great story.

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  7. You’re missing your calling! You should be a horse race announcer. Perhaps you can quit your new(ish) job, after you’ve secured the position.
    I would have got it… but the neat photo is a bit blurry. As is, I thought it was the club house turn! xo ⚡️💥

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  8. My wife and I just stated Salsa Dancing and I have been struggling with the Susie -Qs so that jumped out at me when I read this the first time. As it’s Friday Fictioneers perhaps this one would have been a photo finish? 🙂

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  9. Every once in awhile a vine will pop up out of one of our holly bushes and try to “race to the front”…growing faster than the bushes themselves. But no one should ever “bet” on any of them winning a race in our yard!

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