Hank smirked as he listened to himself, “I’ve made it. Three years of work and the take down of a few farmers but now it’s mine. Hay bales four stories high. Now I control the price.”

“I’ll take land payment in place of money. Soon own the county. Might even get ’round to building one of those fancy houses and look for a widow among those left around here.”

Hank snuggled in his blanket with a cigarette ready for a good night’s sleep. Three hours later the hay bales with up in fiery smoke.

Some say God was a Just God.


Friday Fictioneers, a 100 word challenge by Rochelle based on picture prompt. https://rochellewisoff.com/ Thank you, Rochelle, for hosting this event. Visit Rochelle’s link to find other submissions to this event. Thanks, Sandra, for the picture use. PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

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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12 Responses to FLEETING SUCCESS

  1. granonine says:

    Powerful story, Oneta.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Something close to this might happen more often than we notice. Retribution was pretty swift in the Bible, but we praise God for his mercies. All the times we do not get what we deserve.

  2. John Holton says:

    And Karma is a hell of a witch sometimes…

  3. neilmacdon says:

    A real comeupinsmokeance

  4. Dear Oneta,

    He certainly reaped what he sowed.



    • oneta hayes says:

      You can’t expect apples from a thorn bush. Won’t happen, at least without a miracle. Thanks for hosting this event. I notice you read and respond to all. That takes a lot of time, but it does develop a close bonding with your blogging community. Thank you.

      • Dear Oneta,

        When I joined FF as one of the gang over 10 years ago, I was drawn in by the interaction among writers from all over the world. It’s why, when the original creator stepped down, I begged to take it on. I’ve now run it many years longer than she did. (we laugh over that and she saus I’ve taken it farther than she ever would have). I’ve even made some good friends…some I’ve met in person, others only through the internet.
        The reciprocation is what it’s all about in my mind. Thank you for your participation.



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