Journeyman

June 23, 2021 at 12:05 pm 45 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 25 June 2021

Brenda Cox
Photo Credit: Brenda Cox

 
Landon left home to become a boxer. But soon reality hit. Despite his physical built, his fighting skills were mediocre. To make ends meet, he became a journeyman and got paid to lose.

Inside the ring, the champion was playing him, hurting him, and bloodying him.

“C’mon man, give me all you’ve got.” he taunted.

It was at that moment that Landon completely lost it. He had enough of the charade.

In one unexpected fell swoop, he hit the champion hard and knocked him down like a giant tree.


Now a marked man, Landon left the city in a hurry.

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45 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  June 23, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Self respect can be an expensive commodity

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    • 2. plaridel  |  June 23, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      neil:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 3. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 24, 2021 at 3:05 am

    I suppose he could only take so much. A great take plaridel.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  June 24, 2021 at 9:44 am

      keith:

      everybody has its limits.

      Reply
  • 5. Mason Bushell  |  June 24, 2021 at 6:40 am

    INteresting metaphor for the falling trees. Well done.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  June 24, 2021 at 9:44 am

      mason:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 8. GHLearner  |  June 24, 2021 at 7:07 am

    That would have displeased management. And apparently he was a better boxer than was expected. Great take!

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    • 9. plaridel  |  June 24, 2021 at 9:44 am

      gabi:

      i’m sure the mafia didn’t like it at all. he had to run for his life.

      Reply
  • 10. Brenda's Thoughts  |  June 24, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Great take on the prompt, depicting the chaos in the ring, the felling of a mighty tree. He was pushed to his limit. A much longer story brews here.

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    • 11. plaridel  |  June 24, 2021 at 9:44 am

      brenda:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 12. draliman  |  June 25, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Let’s hope if they catch up to him he can find that killer instinct again.

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    • 13. plaridel  |  June 25, 2021 at 8:29 am

      draliman:

      who knows, with proper training, he could end up as a champion.

      Reply
  • 14. Tannille  |  June 25, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Everyone has a breaking point. Liked where the prompt took you.

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    • 15. plaridel  |  June 25, 2021 at 8:28 am

      tannille:

      true indeed.

      Reply
  • 16. James McEwan  |  June 25, 2021 at 2:25 am

    You can only take so much, even if you are paid. I like how you weaved the picture of fallen trees into the story.

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    • 17. plaridel  |  June 25, 2021 at 8:28 am

      james:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 18. michaelwynnauthor  |  June 25, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Oh dear, Landon. Unfortunately one moment of misjudgement and he’s lost everything.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  June 25, 2021 at 8:28 am

      michael:

      if anything, he didn’t lose his pride.

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  • 20. pennygadd51  |  June 25, 2021 at 4:05 am

    Even a journeyman has his pride. Well told, Plaridel!

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    • 21. plaridel  |  June 25, 2021 at 8:27 am

      penny:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 22. rochellewisoff  |  June 25, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A person can only take so much. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 23. plaridel  |  June 25, 2021 at 8:27 am

      rochelle:

      that’s a fact. all bets are off when you reach the breaking point.

      Reply
  • 24. Dora  |  June 25, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Plaridel,
    Now he knows what was missing before: rage. Too late though.
    pax,
    dora

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    • 25. plaridel  |  June 26, 2021 at 9:15 am

      dora:

      i tend to agree.

      Reply
  • 26. msjadeli  |  June 25, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Back in my juvenile probation officer days, when kids who’d done crimes yelled “unfair” if something went against them in the criminal justice process, orders of restitution, etc., I used to tell them, “when you made a choice to break the law, your entitlement to fair went out of the window.” I have no sympathy for this person as they chose an alternative way of learning reality.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  June 26, 2021 at 9:13 am

      msjadeli:

      kind of harsh but i understand where you’re coming from. πŸ™‚

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      • 28. msjadeli  |  June 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

        I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “when you dance with the devil, you’re going to have to pay the fiddler” I hope he gets a good beating but survives πŸ˜‰

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        • 29. plaridel  |  June 27, 2021 at 9:38 am

          msjadeli:

          have mercy on him. πŸ™‚

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  • 30. granonine  |  June 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Eventually, the cork pops. I’m kind of glad he did it, but he’ll spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  June 26, 2021 at 9:13 am

      linda:

      everything we do has consequences and we must learn to live with it.

      Reply
  • 32. michael1148humphris  |  June 25, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    I like how you used the prompt for this

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    • 33. plaridel  |  June 26, 2021 at 9:12 am

      michael:

      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 34. Alicia Jamtaas  |  June 26, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Great take on the prompt! Nicely done.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  June 27, 2021 at 9:37 am

      alicia:

      thank you reading as usual. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 36. Sandra  |  June 27, 2021 at 2:26 am

    A marked man, for fighting back. Oh dear.

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    • 37. plaridel  |  June 27, 2021 at 9:37 am

      sandra:

      what an irony, isn’t it?

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  • 38. Asmin  |  June 27, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Nice

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    • 39. plaridel  |  June 27, 2021 at 9:37 am

      asmin:

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

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      • 40. Asmin  |  June 28, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        Your welcome

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        • 41. plaridel  |  June 30, 2021 at 2:13 pm

          asmin:

          please stop by again. πŸ™‚

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  • 42. Dale  |  June 27, 2021 at 8:41 am

    He chose the easy way (so to speak) from the beginning. That he felt he could not continue was his choice but those who pay his fee are not expected to accept this. Good story, Plaridel

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    • 43. plaridel  |  June 27, 2021 at 9:37 am

      dale:

      i could understand why they’d be upset. they bet and lost big time.

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  • 44. Woman walking Max  |  June 28, 2021 at 3:39 am

    I like the succinctness of your story telling, gives it energy and power. Well done.

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    • 45. plaridel  |  June 30, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      francine:

      it’s very kind of you. thanks for the generous comment. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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