Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FridayFictioneers – 28/9/18 – A Lifetime Opportunity

with 46 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below. 

Some weeks I struggle, and then some weeks a spark fires. I’m not sure this is any good, but the idea came quickly, so much so I’ve posted on a Thursday.

Thank you to Rochelle and Yvette for this week’s rapidly stimulating photo.


© Yvette Prior


A Lifetime Opportunity

(Genre: speculative fiction)

Roll up. Roll up. Help yourself to the tipple of your choice. Honest to god these are no catch freebies. Pick a flavour. Choose a size. Opt for the adventure you most desire.

Do you want to be shrunk like Alice? Would you like to float above it all like Timothy Leary? Do you need to live the effects of arsenic poisoning to enhance that novel you’re writing? Whatever your pleasure in liquid form, we can provide.

Make your selection. Sign the waiver. Nominate an honest friend to provide the antidote when required.


No responsibility accepted for bad decisions.




Written by Sarah Ann

September 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm

46 Responses

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  1. Thank goodness antidotes are also provided!
    Fun one, Sarah Ann!


    September 27, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    • I have a feeling the antidotes might to come free now you’ve drawn my attention to them.

      Sarah Ann

      September 28, 2018 at 8:23 am

  2. I’m not sure I have any honest friends


    September 27, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    • That could be a problem, especially if the friend liked seeing the effects of the tipple on someone else, or were looking for a way to unfriend. 😉

      Sarah Ann

      September 28, 2018 at 8:22 am

  3. sounds too risky to me. i wonder if there are any takers. 🙂


    September 27, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    • I think there will be plenty of takers – everyone likes a freebie 😉

      Sarah Ann

      September 28, 2018 at 8:21 am

  4. I like the last line. The whole thing sounds like a bad decision! I bet it would prove popular, though.


    September 28, 2018 at 7:35 am

    • I can imagine lots of people rushing for their trip of a lifetime and not reading the small print, or deciding not to heed the warnings.

      Sarah Ann

      September 28, 2018 at 8:21 am

  5. A table of potions – I don’t know that I’d be able to resist, although the arsenic might be pushing it! 🙂

    Iain Kelly

    September 28, 2018 at 9:35 am

    • To take the arsenic, you really do need to trust the person with the antidote!

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm

  6. Tipple of your choice! Nice meeting. Where is it being held?

    Abhijit Ray

    September 28, 2018 at 9:47 am

    • This service will be coming to a hotel/ conference centre near you soon 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:17 pm

  7. Sounds exciting. As long as the honest friend is around when really needed 🙂


    September 28, 2018 at 11:19 am

    • Exactly. An honest friend is vital to this endeavour working.

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:15 pm

  8. An honest friend to provide an antidote. Great idea. A bit like the ‘safe word’. You’d need to be able to rely on them.


    September 28, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    • This is definitely something to be approached with your eyes open, and with a decent wingman.

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm

  9. Brilliant idea! I’d like to be taller and slimmer if that can be arranged? I won’t be needing the antidote 🙂


    September 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm

  10. The concept of this is great. Brilliant job!


    September 28, 2018 at 11:44 pm

  11. What an interesting take on the prompt. Your heart’s desire…that should bring a few surprises to the onlookers! How wisely would any of us name our dearest wish, I wonder?


    September 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

    • I wonder too. A rapid decision might bring pleasure, but would a long thought out choice make for a better one?

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm

  12. Good one, Sarah.

    Yes! Nothing like a good stiff drink to lay out the stiffs 🙂

    Eric Alagan

    September 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    • I’m wondering how long people get to choose now. If they go for the fist thing they desire, will they regret it? If they contemplate will they make the right choice. Gut instinct or lifetime’s yearning?

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:11 pm

  13. Antidotes, but no responsibility. Who set this up? The friends who would provide the antidotes?


    September 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    • I think this is a test of human resolve and maybe an indicator of those who think only of themselves. Thankfully, or not, with only 100-words to play with, I haven’t expanded on the moral dimensions. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:10 pm

  14. Decisions, decisions. Now to find someone I trust. Interesting take on the prompt.


    September 29, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    • Thank you. Yes, that honest friend could be the spanner in the works with this promotion.

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:09 pm

  15. Great story, but nothing for me thank you.


    September 29, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    • As long as you’re happy turning down your hearts desire 😉

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm

  16. Whoa! What a great, and inventive, take on the prompt. I REALLY like this story.

    Alicia Jamtaas

    September 30, 2018 at 4:16 am

    • 🙂 Thank you. Very happy to know you enjoyed it. Reading great comments is half the fun. 😉

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm

  17. Dear Sarah Ann,

    I assure you, this is a goody. Love the flippant voice with serious undertones. Roll up for the mystery tour, step right this way. (yeah, I had to go there 😉 ) Seriously a good story. I’ll take the one that makes me taller.




    September 30, 2018 at 10:58 am

    • I’m taking the ones that let me eat and drink whatever I fancy and let me stay the same size. Oops, no, I’ve just been told they’re not free 😦

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:07 pm

  18. Ouch that is a bar I would try to avoid… but just maybe I could be the patron… it’s a little bit like coming up with good prompts to write on (except there are no antidote)

    Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    September 30, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    • I think you would make a good and careful patron of this establishment. You would look out for those who had no honest friends.

      Sarah Ann

      September 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

  19. float like Timothy Leary! Good stuff


    September 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm

  20. Useful exercise for a writer but you’d need to know who your friends were. Okay. A double Alice please then a couple of Timothy Learys.


    October 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

    • 🙂 You do definitely need to know who your friends are with this one.

      Sarah Ann

      October 1, 2018 at 1:09 pm

  21. The word FREE always brings out takers. Think I’ll pass on the arsenic. Already tried the LSD. It was quite a trip, but I don’t want to do it again.

    Russell Gayer

    October 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    • That’s the problem with trying substances, they’re the things in control and you never know where the trip might take you. But as you say, FREE is a draw.

      Sarah Ann

      October 1, 2018 at 7:25 pm

  22. Haha that sounds awesome! I wouldn’t mind being a fraction taller. 🤣

    Laurie Bell

    October 3, 2018 at 9:37 pm

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