The Paint Job

February 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm 45 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 13 February 2015

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The balcony needed a new paint job. Tom knew it. He could live without it, but the lady of the house wanted it and she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

It seemed like yesterday when Aunt Polly made him whitewash the fence as punishment for dirtying his clothes in a fight. It was a job he hated. He swore not to touch a paintbrush again, but fate forced him to reconsider.

“Better finish it this weekend,” his wife Becky said.

“Yes, dear,” Tom replied with a sigh. He’d got to do as told if he wanted to get laid.

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  • 1. Priceless Joy  |  February 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Whoa! He’s got a ring through his nose. Haha!

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:26 am

      priceless joy

      at least, it was an invisible one. πŸ™‚

      • 3. Priceless Joy  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

        LOL! Yes, kinda sorta.

        • 4. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm

          priceless joy:

          if i were him i’d avoid catching a cold, though. he’d find a hard time blowing his nose. πŸ™‚

          • 5. Priceless Joy  |  February 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

            That reminds me! I have been wanting to ask those people that wear rings in their noses why on earth they would want it in the first place and in the second place what happens when they get a head cold? LOL!

            • 6. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

              priceless joy:

              some folks are willing to go to great lengths to make a fashion statement. it’s no different to wearing a corset or 6-inch heels. πŸ™‚

              • 7. Priceless Joy  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

                Okay, you are absolutely right!

  • 8. jimholroyd365  |  February 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Tom Sawyer is all grown up πŸ™‚

    • 9. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:27 am


      he was the first person that came to my mind when i saw this week’s picture prompt. πŸ™‚

  • 10. Sandra  |  February 11, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I like a man who knows the rules… πŸ™‚

    • 11. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:28 am


      doesn’t all women do for that matter? πŸ™‚

  • 12. rochellewisoff  |  February 12, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Poor Tom Sawyer. He’s doomed to be ruled by the women in his life. πŸ˜‰ Clever story.



    • 13. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:30 am


      that was his destiny and fate. πŸ™‚

  • 14. FabricatingFiction  |  February 12, 2015 at 5:18 am


    • 15. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:31 am


      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

  • 16. draliman  |  February 12, 2015 at 6:06 am

    It’s easy to see who holds all the power in his house πŸ™‚

    • 17. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:32 am


      he still does… he just needs to ask permission from his wife to say so. πŸ™‚

  • 18. Rachel Bjerke  |  February 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Ha, poor Tom… I do like seeing what happens to grown up mr. Sawyer however.

    Great story!

    • 19. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm


      don’t worry about him. it’s likely that he’ll find a way to redeem himself. πŸ™‚

  • 20. afairymind  |  February 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Well, he’s definitely under the thumb…. πŸ™‚

    • 21. plaridel  |  February 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm


      it looks like it. poor tom. 😦

  • 22. Amy Reesea  |  February 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    A grown-up Tom Sawyer. Excellent! Not much has changed. πŸ™‚ He still doesn’t like that fence.

    • 23. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:07 am


      no doubt about it. πŸ™‚

  • 24. kirsten  |  February 12, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    “Honey, do lists!” The bane of most men! Great hats off to Tom Sawyer πŸ™‚

    • 25. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:07 am


      and i hear the lists keep getting longer because women know how to delegate. πŸ™‚

  • 26. adamjasonp  |  February 12, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Oh, Gβ€” you just had to make the last word explicit. πŸ™‚

    • 27. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:08 am


      it pays to be discreet. πŸ™‚

  • 28. Missy Harding  |  February 13, 2015 at 1:47 am

    So that is why I hear my husband say β€˜yes, dear’ a lot, makes sense now. πŸ™‚

    • 29. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:08 am


      but i’m sure he means it. πŸ™‚

  • 30. rgayer55  |  February 13, 2015 at 3:57 am

    You mean you’re suppose to get laid? Boy, have I been played for the sap. She told me I was lucky just to get fed and have clean clothes.

    • 31. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:09 am


      you know, i bet she’s right. πŸ™‚

  • 32. Suzanne Joshi  |  February 13, 2015 at 7:03 am

    He’s in an entirely different situation now. No friends to fool into helping. Well done, Plaridel. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    • 33. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:10 am


      i agree. there are periods in a man’s life and this is one of them. πŸ™‚

  • 34. milliethom  |  February 13, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Well, I don’t know whether to feel sorry for Tom or not. He’s certainly compliant – probably well beaten down and thoroughly ‘henpecked’. A ring in the nose describes it well. I really want to give him a kick up the pants and tell him to stand up to the domineering woman/women in his life. I love the way this links to (or continues) theTom Sawyer story. Nice one. πŸ™‚

    • 35. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 10:11 am


      men are stubborn by nature, but they can be easily led by the nose once you push the right button. πŸ™‚

  • 36. Nan Falkner  |  February 13, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Dear Plaridel, One of my sons has a sign on his refrigerator that says : “I only do what the voices in my wife’s head tell her to tell me to do.” We laugh at that sign all the time. As Millie says above, men are stubborn by nature – I have a husband and four sons – I know this to be true! Great story! Nan

    • 37. plaridel  |  February 13, 2015 at 11:10 pm


      it looks like your husband and four sons are well-behaved. thanks to you. πŸ™‚

  • 38. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

    It seems that finally Tom Sawyer have found someone who make decisions for him.. wonder if he can coerce some of the others to do it for him this time…

    • 39. plaridel  |  February 14, 2015 at 4:35 pm


      i’m afraid he’s out of luck this time. his old friends are gone.

  • 40. The Writer's Village  |  February 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    better than than give her the credit card…
    or a divorce.

    • 41. plaridel  |  February 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm


      if anything, that’s one way of looking at it. πŸ™‚

  • 42. Sarah Ann  |  February 15, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Things that happen in childhood have such a lasting impact. Still, I believe in this case the tempting reward will overcome his reticence.

    • 43. plaridel  |  February 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      sarah ann:

      i think you’re right. πŸ™‚

  • 44. Margaret  |  February 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Clever. He’d better keep painting. Punchy ending – I didn’t expect it. Very funny.

    • 45. plaridel  |  February 15, 2015 at 11:06 pm


      thank you for reading. i’m glad you found the humor in the ending. πŸ™‚


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