Yes, it’s Friday Fictioneers time once again. (Does it really only come around once a week?  I’m sure it’s more often than that!)  Anyway, time for more laughs, horror, surprise endings, continued stories and about anything else you can (or even can’t) imagine.  To read more stories, click on the link at the end of this post.  As for me, I appreciate your comments, analysis, and criticism.  Now, without further ado…

(Thursday addendum:  Maybe I’m being a bit too subtle here.  Would “A Not-So-Grimm Tale” and bold-facing the first letters of all the names help?  I didn’t want to be to overt, but perhaps I erred in the opposite direction.  At any rate, thanks for reading!)

A Not-So-Grim Tale

“But, Grandma, it’s so small!

“True, but Paola, Isobel, and Graham were all little and they loved it.  It felt like a fairy tale house to them.  Once it flooded.  We lost a few things, but because the house is built on rock and made of stones, it’s rock-solid.  It endured.”

“Rock-solid.  That’s a joke, Grandma.”

“Yes, but later wasn’t such a joke. Friends told us we needed something bigger. We chose to stay.  But when West Orange Loan & Financial gobbled up so many grand houses, we still had ours.  We were  rock-solid because we’d made the right choices.

  1. Cindy Marsch says:

    You’ve jinxed me, Janet! I read the first line of your story before I began working on mine! Ack! Now I don’t know if I can get away from a Grandma and grandchild and little tiny building of some kind. We’ll see . . . 🙂

    • I hope you’ll read and comment on and, who knows, maybe even “like” the story itself, too, Cindy, once you’re done with yours. I look forward to reading yours as always.

  2. rock solid story…. good fable for today’s problems. Very creative. Randy

  3. Great story and message, particularly relevant for today’s economy of bad debt and foreclosures. Love the “rock solid” metaphors.

  4. Rock-solid hut, rock-solid story. You have grandma…I have grandpa in mine.

    • I’m thinking I was a little to cryptic with the use of the names in the story since no one’s picked up on them yet and the fairy tale aspect! Glad you enjoyed it, though.

  5. What a rock solid story! Enjoyed reading it as always 🙂 Though reading your comment above I’m curious about the fairytale aspect I seem to be missing…

  6. Sandra says:

    A nice parable-like take on the prompt. Well done.

  7. Joyce says:

    I loved it. The analogy of this is very real. Starting out small on a firm foundation. Wise and true for many. It could be the story of many people who started out decades ago before they moved up to grander places and things before losing it all to the recession.

    • True and a comment as well to young people who think they should start out where their parents ended up…and pay the price, both literally and figuratively, for doing so. Thanks for reading, liking and commenting. I always appreciate the feedback, for better or for worse. 🙂

  8. stuff I said says:

    What good life lesson story! Grandma always knows best! 🙂

  9. boomiebol says:

    This is a very beautiful take on the prompt. Very unique and so real. I liked this VERY much

    • I’d so glad. I think I made the fairy take part (the first letters do the three children–PIG, the letters of the bank name, etc., too obscure, but I wanted the story to stand on it’s own, too, and from what you said, it succeeded.

  10. Tessa says:

    Oh well done. I didn’t catch the initials until reading the comments. Very good job!

  11. billgncs says:

    beautiful and clever, now I will go read the story!

  12. Carrie says:

    I didnt grasp which fairy tale initially but i can see it now that i’ve read the comments. I played with a fairy tale too. There is something “Grimm” about this picture, isnt there 🙂

    • I thought about putting “Grimm” instead of “grim” in the title and looking back, probably should have. I think I was too subtle with the Big Bad Wolf metaphor.

  13. Those pesky conglomerates. Even fairy tales aren’t free from them

  14. Cindy Marsch says:

    I’m back! A little finances fable that belongs on a budgeting blog, perhaps. Have you ever been in a little spring house like this? Wonderfully dark and cool, the stuff of grandchildren’s dreams for the rest of their lives! I like that you make it a REAL house, and a flood would just scour it out nicely, I think. Refreshing — thanks!

    Leave it to Janet to post Friday Fictioneers on Wednesday! 😉

    Here’s mine:

  15. vbholmes says:

    Your opening comments gave me the “Three Little Pigs” but I overthought the names of the children: Paola became payola (too obvious); I tried to fit Isobel into Imelda Marcos’ 2700 pairs of shoes, and saw Graham as representing Senator Phil Gramm, the financial deregulation advocate–I completely missed the PIG (the old “see only the trees and you overlook the forest” chestnut).

  16. Cleverly done, Janet, and a fable which stands alone; it will endure the test of time, and no amount of huffing and puffing will blow this life lesson down!

    Well done, and thanks for your lovely comments on ours.

  17. John Hardy Bell says:

    This one brought such a smile to my face. Entertaining, funny, and timely! A cautionary tale for a very grim time. Excellent!

  18. ron pruitt says:

    I’m always amazed at the many directions people go with the same photo. Working in the foreclosure crisis, I would never have anticipated that. A rock-solid story! Thanks for reading and commenting on my story. Ron

    • I agree, Ron. Each week I think that same thing. Mine was a fairy tale wrapped in the foreclosure story, but maybe too carefully. If you look at the initials of the three (significant number) children and of the bank that “gobbled” up the homes, you’ll see where I was headed. And thanks right back at you for your time and comments.

  19. rgayer55 says:

    Nice one, Janet. Rock solid is a good place to be.

  20. All I can do at this point is echo the other comments. Very clever story. Thanks for you kind comments on mine.

  21. Trudy says:

    That’s a good little tale, with a good dose of common sense at its heart – liked that take on the picture.

  22. Trudy says:

    There’s a good dose of common sense in that little tale – just what you should expect from a Grandma. Liked that take on the photo.

  23. Paul says:

    The comments above remind me of an old saying, “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public”. But before anyone reading this gets upset with me, I didn’t catch your subtlety either. I had to read your little explanation attached. You don’t really need the subtlety, for it’s a great “tail” all by itself. The initials of the 3 tenants as well as those of the bank just add another layer to a very entertaining story. P.S., I’m a Realtor. Hate to imagine what my role would have been…

    • Just like lawyers, there are SOME good realtors. 🙂 I certainly hope the one we have is a good one. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed the story and it could stand on its own. But the fairy tale layer was a lot of fun to do.

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  25. …and there was me thinking the banks viewed us as little sheep instead of little P, I, Gs!

    Well written and I think you were subtle enough 😉

    • I like the little pigs analogy better because although banks were pushed into loaning money to people who couldn’t afford the loans and some banks just wanted the money, no one can force you to take a loan that you should know you can’t afford. The little pigs had a choice of the type of building material they used and so do people. Plenty of blame to go around!! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the comments.

  26. Very nice job tying the story into current events. I’m very impressed. You did a wonderful job. Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

  27. mamaraby says:

    *chuckling* Loved it!

  28. Parul says:

    Well… That’s one wat of investing smart! good one!

  29. Parul says:

    way* of investing smart… sorry!