inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 22 September 2021, boutique.

A thrifty supplier of rice,
For a change, thought he’d buy something nice,
In the fashion boutique,
He collapsed with a shriek,
When the manager told him the price.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt


For Fandango’s Story Starter #12, where we build something around the following phrase:

At a time when most people were struggling…

This phrase had obvious financial connotations for me, so I deliberately veered in another direction.

He hated this time of year. As if the incessant bullying at school wasn’t bad enough, in late July, after school had finished, the pea-sized Brian had once again been coerced by his parents into attending the annual Scout jamboree, a week spent camping at the distant Burley Marsh camp site. A chance for the scouts to hone their outdoor skills.

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