Friday Fictioneers – Mixed Messages

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Greenvale Falls the birth of Jones Hanson was a memorable occasion.

“Disgrace to God!”


Black and white rarely socialised back then. The Hanson wedding had shocked the townsfolk to the soles of their boots.

“It just ain’t right”

A teenage Jones was warned to get realistic.

“You can’t do that”


Governor Jones Hanson served in office for 30 years.

His passing last spring devastated a community which once held him and his family in contempt. A statue in the town park is a lasting memorial to the man and his legacy. An inspiration to anyone who was once told “You can’t do that”.


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

Featured image is courtesy of El Appleby. Image at foot of story is courtesy of Anorak.


42 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Mixed Messages

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks Rochelle. Out of the box is usually my aim. More chance that I won’t be writing something that someone already has. I just like to look at the picture for a few moments and jot down words and phrases which come to mind. Today’s story came very quickly. Glad you liked it!

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks Janet. Yep, I looked at the picture and wrote down things like…mixed, unusual combinations, unnatural, not meant to be together, abomination etc and the story came from those thoughts. Pleased you enjoyed it.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks a lot Shainbird. In truth I’m feeling a bit paranoid here. Do you think some people would say I was wrong to take a humorous prompt and turn it into the tale of Jones Hanson? I hope not. Thanks again for your kind words.

      1. Shainbird

        Don’t feel that way. I am reading through all these prompts, and when I got to yours, I liked touching base with humanity. You’ve added a layer by thinking outside the box. I certainly didn’t take mine that way. 🙂 Thanks for the lesson, too.

  1. zookyworld

    A creative story blossoming from this week’s photo. And an inspiring one, that Jones Hanson pulled himself up… and the town remembered him for it.

  2. elappleby

    Hi Paul
    I came close to writing a very similar piece this week, but veered off at the last minute and went for silly (as usual) instead. Your story is powerful and has an air of realism about it – unlike my crazy creature in the prompt. 😀

    1. paulmclem Post author

      It was such a strong image that I’m not surprised most have written about the mixed up animal. Think I just saw it as a metaphor for something else. End of the day no matter what people chose to write about the key is they produced as well written a tale as possible.


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