Weltchys Notebook

Part Time Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Hopefully a blog for Stories, both Long and Short

The Workshop


Today’s submission to the Friday Fictioneers. Photo prompt is courtesy of Claire Fuller.

The Workshop – Copyright Claire Fuller

Looking back, John probably regretted ignoring the sign out front.

His mistake was to think that safety signs were the brainchild of some busybody stuck inside an office. How was John to know it was fumigation day.

John’s predecessor had made that same mistake, lighting up as he always did under the ventilation shaft. One moment he was standing there, enjoying his first puff of the day. The next, his cigarette was a blazing tube of fury, igniting everything in it’s path. Indiscriminate, the flames set alight a nearby woodpile; to be met with gasps from those nearby, alongside shouts to evacuate the workshop.

Standing outside, John tried to look inconspicuous. Probably not the best way to start a new job.


Author: Weltchysnotebook

Part Time writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy, both long and short!

8 thoughts on “The Workshop

  1. I should point out that normally you would expect workers to not be inside a building, even an open sided one, when its fumigated. Poetic licence allows me to think otherwise!!! Either that, or they mistakenly started fumigating too early.

  2. Let’s go with poetic licence. A lot of writers use it these days. Otherwise, James Bond wouldn’t have survived all these years. I enjoyed the story. That man might be in real trouble when the fire inspectors are finished and hand in their report.

  3. Not sure why John is worried. Isn’t it his predecessor who did wrong. But tightly written.

  4. Dear Weltchy,

    “Blazing tube of fury” now there’s a great turn of a phrase. Good story.



  5. Nicely written! I love how you combined the seriousness of what he had done, with the humorous last two lines.

  6. Where are the want-ads? Good story and I hope he hasn’t put a down payment on a car (although he could use it to get away fast). Very clever indeed.

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