Friday Fictioneers – He Who Laughs Last


Their poster said it all.

“The world famous Gumdales”

Rosie and Ted joked around from the day they met. Soon the world’s premier husband and wife clown act was born.

That was 20 years ago. The laughs had steadily turned to heckles. Bar mitzvahs replaced distant dreams of Broadway.

The “hole in the piano” routine had served them well. It was Rosie’s turn to be pulled through today. Ten minutes later the audience at the art centre still awaited a reappearance.

Outside a car sped away. Through the hole the centre’s jewellery display case lay empty.

The Gumdales truly were now world famous.

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

33 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – He Who Laughs Last

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it Helena. My first thought was a sad story because clowns are seen as sad…or is that a cliche? Either way I changed my mind at the last second and added in the robbery. Good thought I think.

      ps. thanks for the link.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Cheers Penny. Less “out of the box” than last week but still something a wee bit different (wee is a Scottish word for small 🙂 ). Glad you liked it.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      I’m just waiting for the phone to ring. Surely Hollywood can’t ignore “The Gumdales” for much longer. Family fun for everyone!

  1. elappleby

    Oh yeah, the old ‘hole in the piano’ trick, seen it a thousand times… just kidding. Highly original! Would make a funny, slightly surreal film 🙂
    I like the way you’ve fitted a lot of back story into just a few words in this one.


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