Schadenfreude

June 24, 2020 at 2:53 pm 36 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 26 June 2020

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I was riding my new bike to school when somebody threw an egg at me.

It was Derek who I’d later learn was the school bully.

“What are you gonna do about it?” he smirked as his buddies laughed.

I just ignored him, acted as if it wasn’t a big deal, and went to class.

Derek ruled the roost until he challenged my cousin Sam to a fight one day. Unbeknownst to him, Sam, who had recently transferred to our school, was an expert in martial arts.

It was schadenfreude I felt watching Derek get the whacking he truly deserved.

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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  June 24, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    The thing about being a martial arts expert is you can’t whack the opposition. If you do, they wait until they’re out of hospital and then they shoot you

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  June 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      neil:

      glad it didn’t happen in this case. derek was so humiliated that he quit school altogether.

      Reply
  • 3. msjadeli  |  June 24, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    There is a shiver of delight I get when I see what you call schadenfreude and I call karmic retribution. It will always come 🙂

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  June 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      msjadeli:

      if you haven’t experienced it yet, you might be missing something. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. draliman  |  June 24, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    I always love it when a bully picks on the wrong target!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:26 am

      draliman:

      me too.

      Reply
  • 7. Tannille  |  June 24, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    One day bullies pick on the wrong person, tables turn. Something satisfying about this story.

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:25 am

      tannille:

      nobody can stay on top all the time. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. Iain Kelly  |  June 25, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Lesson learned Derek!

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    • 10. plaridel  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:25 am

      iain:

      true that. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. Anthony North  |  June 25, 2020 at 1:13 am

    A most satisfying tale.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:25 am

      anthony:

      it was fun writing it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. justjoyfulness  |  June 25, 2020 at 6:01 am

    I like it when other languages have words that perfectly convey the meaning. We all need a Sam in our lives 🙂

    Reply
    • 14. plaridel  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:24 am

      justjoyfulness:

      i could be mistaken, but it looks like a word that has no equivalent in other languages. 🙂

      Reply
      • 15. justjoyfulness  |  June 26, 2020 at 2:44 am

        Yes, that’s what I meant. It’s originally not an English word.

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        • 16. plaridel  |  June 26, 2020 at 8:48 am

          justjoyfulness:

          🙂

          Reply
  • 17. Alicia Jamtaas  |  June 25, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Ha! Turn about is fair play. (“I felt watching Derek got the whacking he truly deserved.” ~ I think you mean “Derek get the whacking” or not…)

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    • 18. plaridel  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:24 am

      alicia:

      great catch. thanks for the correction. duly applied. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. Shweta Suresh  |  June 25, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Haha. That’s Karma for you. Great take on the prompt!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:23 am

      shweta:

      it brought back memories long forgotten. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. rochellewisoff  |  June 25, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the bully get what he deserves. I had a pretty good idea from the context what schadenfreude means. I did look it up. Well done and eggcellent use of the prompt.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 22. plaridel  |  June 26, 2020 at 8:49 am

      rochelle:

      it’s been a guilty pleasure to see a bully get a taste of his own medicine for sure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. Stine Writing  |  June 25, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    That is a new vocabulary word!

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    • 24. plaridel  |  June 26, 2020 at 8:48 am

      christine:

      yep, it’s a word hard to pronounce and spell. should be part of the spelling bee contest. 🙂

      Reply
  • 25. Fatima Fakier  |  June 26, 2020 at 2:41 am

    They always meet there match eventually. Glad Sam dealt with Derek.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  June 26, 2020 at 8:48 am

      fatima:

      my thoughts exactly.

      Reply
  • 27. ceayr  |  June 26, 2020 at 3:47 am

    Sad that it takes violence to stop violence, but I guess that’s the world we live in.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  June 26, 2020 at 8:47 am

      ceayr:

      unfortunately, it’s something we are forced to deal with one way or another.

      Reply
  • 29. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 26, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Hopefully, that put an end to it rather than escalating the problem.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  June 26, 2020 at 8:47 am

      keith:

      derek quit school so problem solved. 🙂

      Reply
  • 31. James McEwan  |  June 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

    A sort of egg in the face day for the bully.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  June 30, 2020 at 8:34 am

      james:

      more than an egg, i’m afraid. 🙂

      Reply
  • 33. michaelwynnauthor  |  June 28, 2020 at 5:58 am

    You reap what you sow, there’s always someone bigger and tougher and it’s a guilty pleasure to see someone get what they hand out, with interest.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  June 30, 2020 at 8:33 am

      mick:

      i couldn’t agree more. 🙂

      Reply
  • 35. Dale  |  June 28, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Karma!! It’s just a question of time before a bully gets what he deserves.
    Well done, Plaridel

    Reply
    • 36. plaridel  |  June 30, 2020 at 8:33 am

      dale:

      it’s always the case. it comes sooner or later. 🙂

      Reply

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