Friday Fictioneers – Global Rituals

ff290415The royal flags fluttered above the palace. A warm, bright sun shone down from a cobalt blue sky. It was set to be another beautiful day in the capital.  Yet the cafés around the square lay empty. Wide avenues normally alive with taxis, tourists and rickshaws were all but deserted. The only real signs of life were in the queue which coiled around the old town hall.

‘What’s happening?’ I asked the man at the back.

‘Plasma TV! Only 3000 Rupees!’ he grinned.

‘Wow, they have Black Friday here too,’ my wife said, as we quickly took our place in line.


These words form my entry into Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge. 

18 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Global Rituals

  1. ansumani

    LOL. Our family was in London last Thankgiving and we were surprised to see some stores having ‘Black Friday’ sales advertisements. Nice twist at the end there.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Damn and blast. I originally had “wide, cobbled streets” which I changed to “wide avenue” but inadvertently left the comma in. Aaaaaaargh 😦 Thanks for reading.

  2. Snow's Fissures and Fractures

    We started to have Black Friday two years ago…I am boycoting it, staying at home. The consumerism of today’s society is ever increasing. Humorous twis at the end, but I wish they went to the musem instead waisting time in that line.

  3. Margaret

    Oh no. What a waste of a glorious day. Your conclusion was a surprise – particularly as your narrator joined the queue! Nicely told.


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