Friday, August 10, 2012

Token Mourning


Other than a couple of fiddler crabs and a trio of brine shrimp, not much of anyone else attended the ceremony. Truth be told, Dave had never been the best-liked of mollusks. He was a strangely reticent fellow with seldom a word of any sort, be it good or bad, to say about anything. Whether he was merely a private sort or blatantly antisocial depended on whom one was to ask. 

The Crabb brothers sidled slowly forward to pay their token respects. Steve whispered to Joe, “Hardly a shell of his former self, eh?” The two chuckled irreverently, albeit softly.


This story was written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by the incomparable Madison Woods.

14 comments:

  1. This made me smile.
    A great take on the prompt.
    Trust the Crab brothers not to appreciate the solemnity of the moment.

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  2. Poor Dave. Is it inappropriate of me to giggle at a mollusk's funeral?

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    1. I can only assume, Dave will not object.

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  3. Great for a laugh. Poor Dave. Too bad he wasn't more liked. ;-)

    Here's mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/down-by-the-sea-shore/

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  4. At least the Crabbs chuckled softly--What with Dave being a "a strangely reticent fellow with seldom a word of any sort," it would have been even more inappropriate for them to have guffawed.

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  5. LOL, clam funerals are much more entertaining than I thought :)

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  6. 'Dave had never been the best-liked of mollusks' Great line. Must pay more attention to the secret life of shell-fish.

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  7. Awwww! *sniff* That was adorable, albeit in an odd way. It reads like a joke. :D

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  8. Haha, very solid understated humor. Funniest one of the week I reckon! Really nicely done.

    Brian (Here's mine: http://pinionpost.com/2012/08/10/the-reunion/)

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  9. Funny funny. A shell of his former self. Thanks for the giggle this morning.
    Mine's here: www.rochelle-wisoff.blogspot.com/2012/08/safe.html

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  10. Thanks for the chuckle - nifty short

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  11. Loved this! Having recently been present at a sparsely-attended funeral, this story spoke to me. It was very cleverly written

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