Friday Fictioneers…The Assignation

Posted: March 3, 2015 in Friday Fictioneers
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If you love to write, but are at a loss for words, Friday Fictioneers is for you.  You only have to find 100 of those words, craft them into a story roughly based on a picture prompt (or maybe barely related), go to Rochelle’s site (she hosts the whole shebang), link your story, then read as many of the other stories as you can or like, preferably commenting on the ones you read.  If that sounds like fun, please feel free to join us every Wednesday for the new prompt (although you may post a story up until the following Tuesday night.)  If the prompt comes out on Wednesday, why is it called “Friday Fictioneers?”  Well, that’s a whole ‘nother story and I only have time to tell one this morning.

This week’s prompt is from Erin Leary.  If you’d enjoy reading other stories, please click on the blue linky critter at the end of my story.  But be sure to check back, as writers will be posting for many days.

Erin Leary

Copyright Erin Leary

The Assignation

It was just before dawn when I slipped from the house, checking to be sure no one saw me. She was waiting at our usual spot, half hidden behind a tree. No demonstrative greetings; only time to briefly cup one ample curve. We had to move quickly and quietly.

About fifteen minutes later, we reached a place we’d often used before. Underneath “our” tree, the leaves were soft, with other trees and vegetation nearby for cover. She ran ahead, eager to find just the right spot. I followed, anticipating how many pungent black truffles her snout would unearth this year.


  1. Dear Janet,

    Fine swine, wish she was mine. Loved being led in one direction only to find I’m turned to quite another. Nicely done.



    • You know the old song, “She’s so swine, wish she were mine.” Glad you enjoyed me hamming it up a bit. 🙂 As always, thanks for reading and commenting.


  2. dmmacilroy says:

    Oh, Janet, you are in fine form with this one. I bow to the master.



  3. Ha, that was good! Mushroom hunting is a spring tradition around here. I know plenty of people that would love to have a dog that could find them.

  4. nowathome says:

    Brilliant!! loved it, Janet!

  5. Delightful! Love the twist from a tryst to a truffle hunt.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Alicia. After reading a number of stories, I’m glad I went with something light-hearted. The general mood seems quite grim!


  6. Sandra says:

    Good one Janet. I was led very cleverly down the wrong path there. 🙂

  7. Hah, you had me going there – ample curve indeed!

  8. paulmclem says:

    Make that two stories about truffles 🙂

  9. erinleary says:

    Oh, Janet – how delightful! I loved your twist at the end. And this turn of the phrase “briefly cup one ample curve” was wonderful. Love it!

    • I’m so glad, Erin. The overall trend seems to be sad, so I’m glad my mind conjured up something enjoyable as a bit of emotional ballast.


  10. Love the twist.. you had me prepared for something all different. But better be careful.. I think that in those areas truffle thieves get the same treatment as horse-thieves used to get…

  11. I love how the assumptions led me down one path to somewhere entirely unexpected. Even a blind pig finds the odd truffle, I suppose!

    • You supposed correctly, JHC! 🙂 I suspect sight has very little to do with it, while smell is all. Hope the path you were lead down was a delicious one.
      Of course you know what they say about “assume”, don’t you?

  12. Took me for a ride! Hope they found what they were looking for.

  13. karen rawson says:

    What a great tease, loved it!

  14. draliman says:

    Hah! I started off thinking, ooh, this sounds dirty (the very word “assignation” does that), and then at the end I thought “ulp” 🙂
    Nicely twisted and very amusing.

  15. Jan Brown says:

    Loved it. What a great surprise ending!!!

  16. hafong says:

    I was fooled by the one ample curve! I was expecting torrid love, not a snout. 🙂


    • Then my story worked. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and reading. As for torrid love, at the price truffles fetch, a pig that finds them might be the object of torrid love of a sort!


  17. mjlstories says:

    Maybe not torrid love but love of a sort. Great fun!

  18. Truffles and the whole pig thing has always alluded me…how poignant one can be with so few words. Enjoyed it very much. Susannah

  19. Oh man, Janet, I admit, you really drew me in. I laughed and laughed at that last line. Great job!

  20. Very clever, leading us all in, then twisting it so delightfully.

  21. plaridel says:

    i experienced truffle hunting in italy before. the farmer used dogs instead. 🙂

  22. I loved this little story and your truffle pig too. I’m smiling.

  23. micklively says:

    My mind was in hyperbole: I loved the way you led me astray.

  24. Norma says:

    Interesting with the twist in the story and curve….:)

  25. rgayer55 says:

    You tickled my funny bone too. Now, we’re even–at least for this week. In a few weeks, Connie and I will be combing the hills and valleys in search of Morels. May I borrow your swine?

  26. AnElephant snortles with delight!

  27. Do you realize what you have done to the statement “Cupping one”? oh my…

  28. Amy Reese says:

    Oh, a truffle hunting you will go. I know truffles can be worth a lot! Are swine involved in the search for them? I imagine they could be useful, although they might want to eat them all. Great story. I was delightfully surprised at the end.

    • Amy, pigs are the animals originally (and often, still) used to hunt truffles. Of course, you have to keep them from eating the prize at the end of the hunt. 🙂 Happy I surprised you.


  29. gahlearner says:

    Hehe, you got me, too. What a great turn, loved it.

  30. Loved the story! Loved the abrupt change at the end (well, it seem like an abrupt change :D).

  31. Very clever. Upto that last line, I thought it was some illicit rendezvous

  32. Cnawan Fahey says:

    You are such a tease….

  33. Margaret says:

    Well set up. Perfect timing and flow to this. Most enjoyable.

  34. Liz Young says:

    Neat punchline – a great story!

  35. pattisj says:

    You led us down the garden path, didn’t you? And quite well, at that. 🙂

  36. Oh I’m a sucker for truffles! Just had them with dinner on Saturday. I wondered if this might be two dogs, but was totally surprised by the pig. 😉 Nice turn at the end, Janet.

  37. AnnIsikArts says:

    ‘Cupping a curve’ as a greeting is so much friendlier than just shaking hands, or in this case, shaking trotters. Nice take even if I can’t stand the look or smell of truffles.:)

    • Saves you money, Ann. With ‘cupping a curve”, I was thinking more of patting the pig on the behind, but of course also for its value as putting people on the wrong path. Thanks for stopping by.


      • AnnIsikArts says:

        I hadn’t heard of ‘cupping a curve’ in the sense of putting people on the wrong path.’ Learnt something. I did think there might be another character, other than the one boy and his pig, that it might be a case of trysting as well as truffle snuffling. 🙂

      • I used that phrase to make it sound as if he was touching his girlfriend instead of the ample curve of a pig. That was the misdirect. Nothing about the phrase except that I made it up. 🙂

  38. jwdwrites says:

    Ahh, those ample curves… you had me there Jan, hook line and sinker. Very clever. 🙂

    • Hee, hee. It worked! Thanks for stopping by this morning. Soon it will be time to start on the next round of story-reading. Enjoy your day!


      • jwdwrites says:

        I know, I am so late!

      • I used to read every story, but just can’t do that any more. Too much going on in real life. 🙂 I was still reading some yesterday from last week, so you’re not the only one. Thanks for taking the time to read mine.

      • jwdwrites says:

        I know it gets so time consuming to try and read them all, so I decided to read the ones from the authors I know I like their work and also anyone else who stops by and comments or likes. Fortunately yours is both 🙂