“Best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry…”  Robert Burns

Fifty-four-year-old Benny had been janitor in the old Watcalf Building for thirty-six years.  No job; can’t retire.   He knows this place; it has all the necessities for home – even a food closet stocked for temporary shelter for weather victims.  He can even get wi-fi and news channel by hooking up next door.  And people?  He’s had enough for a lifetime!  Smiling, he hears the contractors seal all doors and windows. Superb retirement plan!

Thirteen days later, he hears a voice:

“Where did boss say to install these dynamite sticks?”


FRIDAY FICTIONEERS – Rochelle’s challenge to write a 100 word story from picture prompt.  Picture courtesy of  © Roger Bultot   Thanks, Rochelle and Roger.



About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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30 Responses to RETIREMENT PLAN

  1. MythRider says:

    Oh no! I hope he has a secret way out.

  2. Yikes! Better come up with a different plan soon.

  3. The Robert Burns quote sums it up perfectly! Nice one.

    Here’s my story!

  4. granonine says:

    Oops! He’d better rethink his plans. What a tough decision: Get blown to kingdom come, or become homeless. Yikes.

  5. James McEwan says:

    It’s always the same, all retirement plans have a down side. Benny best move on.

  6. magarisa says:

    Uh-oh… time for Plan B. Nice one.

  7. Liz Young says:

    He’d better reveal his presence fast!

  8. bearmkwa says:

    ohh, ouch! Not the retirement he’d hoped for. Great story.

  9. Abhijit Ray says:

    Why does the contractor wants to blast the shelter with Benny in it? Or the plan was something different and they messed it up?

  10. Geri Lawhon says:

    Great story; but unfortunately, there is some reality in it. Thanks for the post.

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