Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Old Boots

PHOTO PROMPT submitted by Courtney Wright. 

It’s sentiment that makes us cling to the past.  Those faded pants fraying at the bottom, threadbare clothes that should have been discarded by now.   Knickknacks collected over a long period of a life well lived.

So it was with his boots.  After being repaired countless times they were now falling apart.  So he wrapped them with silver tape to stop the elements from rushing in.


Sure he could have got gold boots to replace them.  But these were a reminder of how it all began.  When a clever cat convinced everyone that his master was the Marquis of Carabas.

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I am back with the Friday Fictioneers this week having taken a little break after a month of writing poetry for the A to Z challenge.  I didn't get much feedback for the challenge but I still had fun.  

I have already tinkered with the story.  Initially I had no mention of the cat but have now put it in the last line so that people can relate it with 'Puss In Boots'.

To read other stories by the Fictioneers this week click here

I'd love read what you think about this post...

44 comments :

  1. Dear Subroto,

    This puss in boots will certainly be memorable and easy to spot with the silver tape. Nice to see you back at FF. I can't help but see the Puss in Boots of Shrek fame with those huge eyes. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I see them too ;-) Thanks for your comments Rochelle I am glad you liked it.

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  2. Anonymous6:30 am

    Using myth and literary reference is like a plug-in that expands the scope of your story without going over 100 words. I'm a big fan of it

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    1. I like how you express it as a'plug-in'. Thanks for reading and commenting Neil.

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  3. It's good to remember where it all started, without something to keep us grounded we become arrogant and conceited

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    1. Absolute right Michael we do need a reminder to keep us grounded. Thanks for reading & commenting.

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  4. Everyone needs that welcome reminder to keep them grounded. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks Iain I am glad you liked it.

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  5. The last line is the icing :)
    The boots are precious with so many memories & adventure!

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    1. He is hanging on to those memories :-) Thanks for reading and commenting Anita.

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  6. LOVED it!!! So fun to end with! Boots, clothing.. etc can hold so many memories! <3

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    1. Thanks Courtney I am glad you liked it.

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  7. Brilliantly done! Loved the ending, you clever thing. :)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  8. Yep. Some boots are magic.

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    1. And some wearers of the shoes work their own magic :-) Thanks for your comments Alice.

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  9. I love seeing fairy tale caracters appearing now and then on FF. Fun take, nicely done.

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    1. Thanks Linda. The boots were there like an open invitation for the cat to make an appearance :-)

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  10. Sometimes something old with all it's history is better than something new, even if it's falling apart :-)

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    1. Especially when they started it all. Thanks for reading and commenting Alistair.

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  11. A brilliiant little tale with a perfect ending! Nice one.

    My FriFic tale is called Jim and Jan!

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  12. A smart cat to keep memories of his past close by. Nicely done

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    1. Thanks Lynn, cats never forget ;-)

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  13. Nice sentiments, and a gentle twist to finish. You're back in style, Subroto!

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    1. Thank you Penny I am glad you liked it.

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  14. Great take on the prompt.

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  15. Anonymous6:20 am

    Thanks to roadside cobblers - my old comfortable shoes are still wearable and they do not pinch.
    Enjoyed the well crafted piece.

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    1. Those roadside cobblers do such great job. Thanks for your comments YS.

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  16. Great tale, and I loved the Puss 'n Boots reference.

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    1. Thank you Russell, He had to make an appearance his boots were in the picture :-)

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  17. Clever, clever, clever!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you :-)

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  18. This was fun, Subroto. The Puss 'n Boots... classic

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    1. Thank you Dale I am glad you liked it.

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  19. Oh yes... love this take.. I think those boots should be repaired...

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    1. Maybe the worn out boot serve as a reminder of the days gone by. Thanks for your comments Björn, I am glad you liked it.

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  20. Anonymous5:45 am

    Sentiment is a good reminder sometimes of where we came from, and how far we've come. Gold boots would have been just a bit too flashy too. :)

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    1. Gold boots would go well with his disco outfit :-) Thanks for your comments Sarah

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  21. I really like this piece of fiction! I especially like the Puss in Boots reference, which I got right away. It gave the whole story a new twist, and it was delicious.

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    1. Thanks Jen I am glad you enjoyed the story.

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  22. Very clever and well-done!

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    1. Thank you Jan I am glad you liked it.

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