Friday Fictioneers for October 7th, 2022

For Yom Kippur and the first week of October release, our wonderful server, Mistress Rochelle, and boss lady of Friday Fictioneers has selected a David Stewart dining room photo from her menu and served up a challenge for us to roast some fine micro or flash stories of fewer than 101 words long.

Please read mine below but click on David’s pic to be seated at Rochelle’s perfect purple blog café where you may order up some artful items. We try to abide by and to play nice as we swim in our own creative lanes.

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart


Genre: Pervert Fiction
Title: Rainy Day Rip
Word Count: 100


It was a lovely day. I’d made special arrangements—a table for two near the windows. I planned to propose.

After we were seated Margaret said, “Why did they seat us here? I hate this miserable rain.”

“What? I told you I’m a pluviophile. I’d manage our religious and political differences.”

She replied, “I thought you said pedophile. As in pedicure and pedestrian. I thought you were kinky about feet.”

I could feel my temples throbbing.

“That’s podophile. I’m also a logophile who’ll get you a subscription to the Collins dictionary. I also think we should start seeing other people.”


Look both ways within the pages and on the screens for the dictionary meanings of words.
Mind the gaps to avoid any rainy-day confusion.

Click the girl dancing in the rain to breeze over to the squares where you’ll discover more excellent stories.


48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for October 7th, 2022

  1. I think going their separate directions is best…. I just hope she hasn’t been telling people that she’s a bit of a pedophile. It might be why people watch her the way they do.

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  2. Haha! I am wondering how in the hell he got to the considering proposal part… Surely she had, ummm… made known her lack before now…
    This was such a hoot!

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    1. You’re right, Dale.
      I’d certainly think they would have shared other rainy days. 🙂
      The story does beg for some suspended disbelief.
      Writing it required a dictionary. But only Collins listed pluviophile, and only as a “suggested” word to be added. 🙂

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      1. 🙂
        Of course it does (and there is nothing wrong with that!) Ya done good and I love when I need to use the dictionary. Isn’t that funny that only Collins listed pluviophile? The others need to catch up!

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      2. Collins listed it as a suggest addition. So, technically, not them either. I was just glad to learn on day that there is a word for it and that I am not alone in how I feel about it. 🙂

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      3. Separately, pluvial and -phile are both listed, so I see no reason not to claim the combined form word as are the other words in the story. 🙂

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    1. True. The story implies they did, but Margret misunderstood in a big way.
      In her defense, pluviophile is still not listed in most dictionaries. 🙂


  3. Funny–just last week I looked up “person who loves rain,” because I do. And that’s the reason I knew what “pluviophile” means. It’s not a word you hear very often. Maggie is certainly not a match for this pluvio-logophile 🙂

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  4. Great comedy, Bill. I’d noticed your reference to pluviophile in your profile, so it was fun to see you use it in a story. I also loved the way he felt capable of handling religious and political differences, but lack of understanding of pluviophile was a deal-breaker. Teehee – I’m still grinning!

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  5. Dear Bill,

    Once more I’m the tidsoptimist this week. Mia culpa. Apologies. It will happen again.

    So much for that marriage proposal. Oh my. Not the brightest crayon in the box is she? Being a logophile myself, I enjoyed this piece. But she would make me crazy. Not to mention there are way too many like that populating the earth. I’ll name my pet thesaurus after you. Brilliant reparte.



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    1. Big Smile, Rochelle.

      The proposal part may have been the flaw in that story.

      I looked up “tidsoptimist.” IMO, we are not late until Tuesday.

      Thank you for tipping in. You’re always welcome at any time.. Your comments inspire. 🙂




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