All Work and No Play

Genre: Bleh

“This should have worked,” Parul muttered under breath, eyes glued to the laptop screen, fingers battering the keyboard softly.

“Oii, it’s a vacation, remember?” Abraham yelled out.

“For you. I promised my boss that I will work from the beach,” Parul replied, eyes still glued on the laptop.

“Hey, beach time!” Ted called out with a toothy grin.

“I can’t. I have some work,” Parul replied sadly.

“And you say exactly that to your boss. With three extra words – ‘at the beach’,” Doug joined.

“C’mon, it’s Friday!” Rochelle walked in all soaked up from the beach.


96 words for Friday Fictioneers.

All work and No Play has made Parul a dull girl.

My year has started with work in full throttle! I barely have time to sleep or eat or socialise. I sometimes wonder how I got to this stage! But then I know that already. Because “I” am a fool who likes to make her life difficult!

Apologies for not being a regular visitor on your blogs or not responding to comments lately. I miss it more than I can explain. *Hopefully* February will be different.

For the uninitiated, in case you are wondering what is going on here, read on. Friday Fictioneers is an excellent forum for people looking to have fun as they learn the nuances of writing. Every Friday a bunch of us write 100 words (no hard rules there) for prompts posted by Rochelle who runs the show.

This week’s prompt comes from Renee Heath. It’s a beautiful picture that would make anyone yearn for a vacation. Given my current situation, I stared at it a long while praying for a Narnia like trick. What? Even a dull girl can have imagination and hope and dreams! 😉

Copyright – Renee Homan Heath

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29 thoughts on “All Work and No Play

  1. Damn… I wish I’d thought of putting myself in my own stories. I hope work slows down so you don’t have to work at the beach, P. Or at least get to see a movie. Cute way of telling what’s up!

    p.s. what the hell’s up with, and I quote ‘toothy grin’???

  2. I hope I never have a job where this happens to me. My husband got snotty text messages from his bosses while we were at Myrtle Beach last year and it really got him wound up; the sad thing is this scenario happens more than it should. Thanks for sharing this. We look forward to hearing from you when things quiet down.

  3. I know what you mean about the work, but I have no beach for an excuse, only the books and laptop that are always tempting me. Hope you have a bit more down time in the near future.


  4. that’s a very friendly piece that all of us would love to be in – thanks to the beachy part. well done. also – punctuation tip, the comma goes inside the quotation marks with the dialogue. like this part: “I can’t. I have some work”, Parul replied sadly. should be “…work,” Parul replied sadly.

  5. Hi Parul,
    Your main character seems vaguely familiar somehow. I think I might know her from somewhere. Also, the other charactrers. I think I may have met them in some netherland. But you’re right. No time for the beach. Too many stories to read. Ron

  6. LOLLLL!!!
    So I’m the lazy bum who does not want you to work? 😀 Or maybe I’m the organised one who finished my work on time 🙂 (I am more likely the former)

    Thanks for a fun read!

    As you may have seen on my Feb 1st story, I have been missing in action too and I have terribly missed reading the great FF stories.

    Yes, that genre is great!

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