Mama’s Boy

November 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm 34 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 21 November 2014

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Claire Fuller

Bob was a balding bear of a man. A bachelor in his forties, he lived with his domineering mother.

While smoking outside his shop, he thought of the secret he had been hiding from her. Damn it, he couldnโ€™t hold it any longer..

At dinner that night, Bob wasn’t his usual self.

“Son, is there something the matter?”

“I want to tell you something, but promise not to be upset.”

“Don’t tell me you’re getting married. Who will take care of me?”

Bob was stumped. His mother was playing that old trick again.

“Mama, I’ve decided to wear a toupee.”

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34 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra  |  November 20, 2014 at 12:19 am

    He needs to man up. Nice one.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  November 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

      sandra:

      totally agree. he’s a big boy now. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. draliman  |  November 20, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Aargh, he needs to bite the bullet and get on with his own life. I like his “toupee” line though!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  November 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

      draliman:

      yes, he needs some growing up to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 5. Claire Fuller  |  November 20, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Hah! I wasn’t expecting that last line.
    Claire

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    • 6. plaridel  |  November 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

      claire:

      gotcha! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. rochellewisoff  |  November 20, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Bob knows how to backpedal well, doesn’t he? Although I think the toupee and Olivia are related. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I think you might mean “Bob was stumped” not “stomped.”

    Nice one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 8. plaridel  |  November 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

      rochelle:

      the toupee and olivia related? it was so great an idea that i had to revise the story. by the way, thanks for the correction. much appreciated.

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      • 9. rochellewisoff  |  November 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

        Dear Plaridel,

        I didn’t mean for you to rewrite, but I have to tell you it works much better for me. You’ve taken me one direction and twisted the ending. Nicely done. Glad I could help. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Shalom again,

        Rochelle

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        • 10. plaridel  |  November 21, 2014 at 9:14 am

          rochelle:

          glad to hear (read) that. thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 11. aliciajamtaas  |  November 20, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Oh, instant about face! I say the heck with momma.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  November 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

      alicia:

      it isn’t that easy if you’re the only son.

      Reply
  • 13. sustainabilitea  |  November 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Poor Bob. I hope he gets his courage up and starts living his own life (while still seeing his mom, of course.)

    janet

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    • 14. plaridel  |  November 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

      janet:

      getting a toupee without asking for her permission – that would be a good start.

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  • 15. rgayer55  |  November 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    What a gut-wrenching confession. I hope he feels better now.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  November 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

      russell:

      i guess we’ll have to wait until he gets the hairpiece and puts it in on.

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  • 17. dmmacilroy  |  November 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    He needs to shoot at the toupee, pretending it is a rat, and in the process kill his overbearing mother.

    A great story.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • 18. plaridel  |  November 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

      doug:

      i guess that wouldn’t be nice, but then again…

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  • 19. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  November 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    A toupe is just the first step.. next time he will get married, to a step-daughter learning her mother to behave a little better.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  November 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      bjรถrn:

      sounds like a good idea as to how the story should proceed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 21. Sarah Ann  |  November 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I wonder what she’ll say about the toupee. I think his problem was forewarning her but saying ‘but promise not to be upset.’ Next time, he should just say he’s got something to tell and come out with it.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  November 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      sarah:

      she’ll probably say, ‘don’t ever think of it.” he should be his own man by now.

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  • 23. AC  |  November 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Hahaha.. Did he mention what color? :p

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    • 24. plaridel  |  November 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      ac:

      he wanted his mother’s advice on that. :_

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  • 25. Margaret  |  November 23, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Poor man. What a mother! I’m sure she’ll find something to be offended about when she sees his toupee. Fun story.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  November 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      margaret:

      she might not even allow it, though.

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  • 27. talesfromthemotherland  |  November 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Poor Bob; he needs something to pull him out of his rut! Maybe the toupee will help?

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    • 28. plaridel  |  November 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

      talesfromthemotherland:

      finding her a husband would work better. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 29. AnnIsikArts  |  November 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Had a grandmother like that. Should have tried the toupee trick on her! Despite, I’m happily married. Original story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 30. plaridel  |  November 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

      ann:

      glad you liked this little story. much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 31. Priceless Joy  |  December 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Haha! And momma was relieved and they lived happily ever after -the end. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • 32. plaridel  |  December 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      priceless joy:

      i love your positive attitude. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 33. kurtislunz  |  October 28, 2016 at 7:53 am

    The Michelin Man is like the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man’s brother.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 28, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      kurtis:

      good observation. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

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