Friday Fictioneers – One Man and His Dog

ff220513Xavier Barncastle could sell anything to anybody. He’d even sold Miss Simpkin a phone without an ear piece. She didn’t seem to mind. Miss Simpkin was Xavier’s best customer.

For years Xavier and his Labrador Scruples had hawked their wares throughout Saskaran County. He’d been married once. Preferred the road and the company of his dog. Miss Simpkin though was different.

He had the ring. It was time to settle down. As they approached the Simpkin house he paused. He wanted to. He needed to. She wanted him to.

Turning back towards the freeway he looked at his old friend.

“One last trip, eh Scruples?”

This is my entry in this week’s 100 word writing challenge over at Friday Fictioneers.

38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – One Man and His Dog

  1. kdillmanjones

    Oh, I’d love to hear the other side of the story… like what issues Miss Simpkin has! Great story.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Think there may be a “Life and Times of Xavier Barncastle” brewing. Whether Miss Simpkin will feature is currently unclear. Scruples will be there of course.

  2. Kwadwo

    I don’t really know how the plot will unravel, but nothing is set in stone.
    Who knows? He might not get a second chance. Perhaps he needs to see a therapist about his commitment issues.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Not really one for continuing stories but I think I will have more on Xavier and Scruples at some point. Thanks as ever for commenting Penny.

  3. sustainabilitea

    It’s always good to have Scruples. 🙂 I enjoyed your story. Makes me think of an old Candid Camera episode where they asked people if John F. Kennedy has scruples and one person said, “I certainly hope not!”


  4. Helena Hann-Basquiat

    Fantastic character. In my younger days, working in a call centre for a company that shall remain unnamed, but whose name rhymes quite well with Bell Canada… I was instructed by my superviser (and was successful, if you’d call it that) to sell a screen phone to a legally blind woman. And for that, I’m going to Hell Canada.

  5. Shreyank

    wow your story seemed to have certainly stuck a cord with reality (Helena’s Account) ! hope ur fictional character gets over his issues soon enough…

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Good question Kir! Although having bought a broken phone from the man she must have strong feelings for Mr Barncastle. I think she’ll wait. Thanks for commenting.

  6. EagleAye

    You really built a well-rounded character in very little time. I kinda like the roguish fellow. He’s trying to change, but struggles with his wanderlust. He seemed very real to me.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks. A good name seems to be way a neat way of building in character description i.e. “Xavier Barncastle” has you (well me anyway) thinking of a flashy suit, flower in his buttonhole, gift of the gab etc. Glad you like it.

  7. petrujviljoen

    There was a movie called The Postman if I recall correctly. He upped and went and hand delivered all the post all over the land, on bicycle. Did him and his wife good.


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