Friday Fictioneers – The Only Way is Up


Joey Penman was on the bottom rung. His mother said he was lucky to have a job at all. She insisted he’d never make anything of himself.

Langdales Stationers had given him a chance.

As he wheeled his tea urn into the conference room Peter Langdale was in a foul mood.

“Bodkins are undercutting us at every turn. No more! This is the new plan. Is everybody listening?”

Joey carefully poured each board member a cup of tea before leaving the room.

That evening they met at the usual place. Harry Bodkins scanned Joey’s scribbled notes and smiled.

Mrs Penman may yet be proven wrong.

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


23 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Only Way is Up

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Cheers Carrie. Was actually thinking about calling the story “Trade Secrets” but I thought that might give the game away! Thanks for commenting.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      My plan is to write full length short stories for some of my FF entries. One 2,500 word effort has already been written for an earlier tale. This one might also be a candidate for a fuller treatment. Glad you enjoyed it.

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Paul,

    Wonderful story on many levels. First of all, I love your subtle use of the prompt. Second, the story itself…understated but sends the message home. Well done.




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