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July 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm 54 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 28 July 2017

J Hardy Carroll

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Although Olivia had already rejected his proposal twice, Homer was determined to win her over. He called her once more to plead his case. After all, Olivia was a good catch. The old maid was the sole heir to the Smith family fortune.

“It’s you again.” Olivia sounded upset after picking up the phone. “What part of ‘No’ don’t you understand?”

“Olivia, please hear me out,” he begged.

“You have overstayed your welcome,” she snapped and hung up.

“Well, that’s it, I give up,” Homer said to himself. “I’m not cut out to sell life insurance. I need another profession.”

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  • 1. Martin Cororan  |  July 27, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Bait and switch! Brilliant!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  July 27, 2017 at 10:04 am

      martin:

      thanks for your generous comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 3. Kelvin M. Knight's blog  |  July 27, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Haha – do telephone sales people ever give up!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  July 27, 2017 at 10:04 am

      kelvin:

      i agree. don’t believe it even if they say they give up. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. Keith's Ramblings  |  July 27, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Not a job I would fancy that’s for sure! Excellent.

    Click to read my FriFic

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    • 6. plaridel  |  July 27, 2017 at 10:04 am

      keith:

      me, too. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. Sandra  |  July 27, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Nice twist.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

      sandra:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  July 27, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I laughed out loud at the last line. Good one! Very good!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  July 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

      rochelle:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  July 27, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Ha, those insurance calls are annoying! Good twist.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  July 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

      iain:

      i totally agree.

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  • 13. draliman  |  July 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Fun twist πŸ™‚

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    • 14. plaridel  |  July 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

      draliman:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you. πŸ™‚

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  • 15. Varad  |  July 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Poor bugger. Maybe he should try wooing her instead πŸ˜‰

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    • 16. plaridel  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      varad:

      that’s an excellent idea. marrying a rich old maid could be the life insurance he really needs. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 17. wmqcolby  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Ha! Funny ending, Plaridel. Love it! All salesmen will and have probably said the same thing. Great!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      kent:

      all salesmen have moments of doubt. but they’re known to lick their wounds and come back with a vengeance.

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      • 19. wmqcolby  |  July 29, 2017 at 2:27 am

        Oh yes. I always envied that gift they have, but I’m too introverted.

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        • 20. plaridel  |  July 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

          kent:

          same here. πŸ™‚

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  • 21. Lata Sunil  |  July 28, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Wait a minute! I thought he is trying to get married. Life insurance. I didnt see that coming.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      lata:

      perhaps that would be his next move. πŸ™‚

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  • 23. yarnspinnerr  |  July 28, 2017 at 5:36 am

    That is an innovative twist.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      yarnspinnerr:

      thank you for your generous comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 25. Sarah Ann  |  July 28, 2017 at 6:25 am

    So clever. You’d completely pulled me in with β€˜proposal’ that I laughed out loud at the end. Poor Homer, well done Olivia!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      sarah ann:

      homer might be giving up for now, but olivia better watch out. he’d come knocking on the door again. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. Dale  |  July 28, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Guffaw! And almost spewed my coffee!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      dale:

      you just made my day. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 29. anintrovertedblogger  |  July 28, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I liked how you started with ‘proposal’. Totally threw me off!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  July 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      nadia:

      i was worried it wouldn’t work. glad it did. thank you for comment. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 31. Christine Goodnough  |  July 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    No. He definitely isn’t. πŸ˜„
    Good double play here, starting us off on the wrong trail with a proposal.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  July 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      christine:

      well, you’d never know what happens next. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 33. Fatima Fakier Deria  |  July 28, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I thought it was a love interest and turned out to be insurance! Nicely done. The ending was unexpected.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  July 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      fatima:

      what a lovely comment. i feel encouraged. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. Zee  |  July 29, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Haha I love the light twist ! Well done Plaridel. Hope you are well 🌻

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    • 36. plaridel  |  July 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      zee:

      long time no hear. are you back? i miss you. anyway, i’m glad you liked this little story. πŸ™‚

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      • 37. Zee  |  July 30, 2017 at 1:48 am

        Yes I recently posted my first blog post after a long while! I’ve missed being around here as well. Thank you πŸ™‚

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        • 38. plaridel  |  July 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

          zee:

          great, i’ll check it out right away. πŸ™‚

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          • 39. Zee  |  July 31, 2017 at 8:43 am

            Thank you for dropping by πŸ™‚

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            • 40. plaridel  |  July 31, 2017 at 12:25 pm

              zee:

              you’re welcome. πŸ™‚

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  • 41. granonine  |  July 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Love the twist. A great surprise.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  July 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      linda:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 43. rgayer55  |  July 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I admire his persistence. Send her some flower & chocolate. Maybe she’ll come around. Fun piece, Plaridel.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  July 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      russell:

      plan B in the works. πŸ™‚

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  • 45. Moon  |  July 29, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Don’t give up on it yet , Homer !
    That’s such a unique take, Plaridel and a great story .

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    • 46. plaridel  |  July 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      moon:

      i hope homer can hear you. he’ll be delighted. πŸ™‚

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  • 47. Liz Young  |  July 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

    A very neat surprise ending.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  July 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      liz:

      your comment is very encouraging. thank you. πŸ™‚

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  • 49. gahlearner  |  July 31, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Brilliant misdirection. Great fun, your story.

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    • 50. plaridel  |  July 31, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      gahlearner:

      thank you. i’m glad it worked. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 51. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  July 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Haha…nice twist.

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    • 52. plaridel  |  August 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

      dawn:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 53. gravadee  |  July 31, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Interesting take on the prompt πŸ™‚

    Click Here to see what Mrs. Dash Says

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    • 54. plaridel  |  August 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

      marina:

      i’m glad you found it interesting. thank you.

      Reply

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