FLASH FICTION FRIDAY ~Good Humor~

Posted: June 27, 2013 in dark, fiction, Heart Warming, writing
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ICE CREAM MAN

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for all her work and organization. You can visit her site and read through the other Flash Fiction Friday postings at:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/29-june-2013/

For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, the carnival awaits.

Here’s my contribution:

Good Humor

Chimes rang in the distance as the children lined the streets. The pitch and tempo of the rag-time tune continued to grow as thoughts of soft serve swirls, push-ups, and red, white and blue rockets transfixed those gathered.

An approaching white box-truck dressed with multicolored streaks and topped with a rotating, guffawing happy-man head revved up Middle Street.

The quintessence was jarred by a sudden backfire.

The melody modulated into something that tasted like twisted steel and broken glass as the happy-man head melted to reveal a dripping, gapping skull.

The deranged clown driver bellowed his sinister, yet, good humor.

jKb

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Comments
  1. Fay Moore says:

    LOL. Never did like those twisting guffawing heads. Good twist. BTW, if you look at my blog, there’s a writing conference coming that’s not too far away for you to attend. Check it out.

  2. Dani Karns says:

    New you wouldn’t disappoint On Jun 27, 2013 9:22 PM, “The Bradley Chronicles” wrote:

    > ** > JKBradley posted: ” Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for all her > work and organization. You can visit her site and read through the other > Flash Fiction Friday postings at: > http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/29-june-2013/ For > those who are new, “

  3. I can always count on you to take me down the creepy road! You implanted the image of a melted, grotesque head in my mind! Nice.

  4. Sandra says:

    Very strong images, and the pacing of the story was spot on. As usual.

  5. zookyworld says:

    Will the melting head ruin everyone’s appetite — or will it simply remind them of melting ice cream cones? A strong addition to the crazed clown genre.

  6. I loved especially “The melody modulated into something that tasted like twisted steel and broken glass…” But I have a quibble with the commas in the last sentence. Did you perhaps mean to write “his sinister, yet good, humor”? Or “his sinister, yet good humor”?

  7. unspywriter says:

    I haven’t trusted a clown since Stephen King’s “IT.” You haven’t helped. 😉 Chillingly good, as always.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/on-the-road-again/

  8. Kwadwo says:

    ‘The melody modulated into something that tasted like twisted steel and broken glass…’
    Poetic. I like it.

  9. From the first I felt impending doom. Clowns! So scary. Nicely done.

  10. You must have lived in New York City where the Ice Cream trucks play an unending sinister melody that could drive a person crazy – I used to love the ice cream truck when i was a kid, but now?

  11. wmqcolby says:

    Ooooh! Creepy ending, JK. Really wickedly good!
    Gomez Addams would be proud you wrote him a children’s story for Pugsly and Wednesday.

  12. I scream, you scream, we all scream at this scene.

    janet

  13. rgayer55 says:

    I second Janet’s comment. Scars from the Neapolitan war sent this driver down a Rocky Road.

  14. Sarah Ann says:

    Very well set up for that creepy ending.

  15. Dear JK,

    I changed my mind about that spoon malt. No wonder some folks are afraid of clowns. Wth your wonderful writing style painted a clear and creepy image. A black gem.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

  16. Dear JK,

    You built the clown just fine. I imagined mayhem in the street after reading your last sentence. Wonderflly macabre.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  17. I’ll take your word on the good humor. It sounds nightmarish to me.

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