The Return of Phythaux

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

“Well, there was this family of giants, see, and they loved to go to the beach and this is the old beachball, ya know, and…”

“Last time you said it was a dog’s ball.”

Harry was flustered for only a second before he started a new yarn combining the stories.

Truth be told, he loved the old novelty building, the giant red ball in the parking lot, and did a great business with his souvenir shop with its burger stand.

Harry stopped, his eyes huge.  “The dog wants his ball…”

We started to laugh until we heard the loud bark.

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word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Dale Rogerson . Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “Linky“.

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Note on the title, just in case you didn’t get it Phythaux – Ph (F) – y (i) – th (d) – aux (o) – (Fido) ;) I got this from a cousin when I was about 10 and he said he got it from Bill Cosby, but I never heard that skit.

67 thoughts on “The Return of Phythaux

  1. jenne49

    Now that made me laugh. I see a giant dog loping along the beach… And yes, there are some loose bits on the ball where the teeth have sunk in…

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  2. dprastka

    Lots of fun with this one! I think I enjoyed reading all the comments just as much as reading your excellent short story!! Hehe, FUN ~ giant dog ball! Clifford fits the bill almost….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! There have been a lot of great comments. i think Clifford comes the closest, though there is a Frank Zappa song about cheap monster movies that has a giant poodle, so…

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      1. Gary A Wilson

        You and another blogger have now got me interested in looking into it. I’m trying to get a 10K word story across the finish line, one that has been brewing for a long time and is now within sight of the shore, but I want to check this out. Stories this short would be fun and easy for readers to consume and, as you say, would be great practice. Thanks for the pointer.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          If you try it, you’ll soon discover that making a story in 100 is easy, but making a good story in 100 words, well… It’s fun, you should give it a try some week.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I looked it up just now – I thought some words actually officially used “th” to sound like “d”, but if so, I couldn’t find them. However, in many accents “th” is pronounced like “t” or “d”, such as, “I want one of does” (instead of those).

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              So you should have gotten it! ;) In the original posts I was going to joke about the funny way to make sounds in English, but I think a lot of those pronunciations are French! At least “aux” = “o” is…

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                    1. trentpmcd Post author

                      Not well… Actually, when I’ve visited Paris, I was able to survive, but it would be practice a lot for a few weeks and forget every single thing the second I step on the jet to head home ;)

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                    2. Dale

                      Paris is the worst (apparently) for supposedly being incapable of understanding different accents. If a Quebecer asks for butter (beurre) they get looked at all askance… du quoi? Puh-leeze. They might be kinder to an American… maybe.

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                    3. trentpmcd Post author

                      Years (decades) ago my brother dated a woman who grew up in Paris so had a strong Parisian accent. Listening to her, there is a major language/culture war between France and Canada.

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                    4. Dale

                      Ah la la… oui oui and all that sheet ;-) Merde alors! Ze relations between ze Paris and ze Quebec are not always ze best, non, non…
                      It’s almost funny. Here in Quebec, we have our effing language police who fight for everything French. We anglos (OK, I’m not really, I’m half and half) feel very kicked to the curb. It’s beyond annoying. That said, in Quebec we don’t use anglicisms – or nothing like the French from France do! We do not put our cars in le parking, we put them in le stationnement, etc… So yeah. Funny.

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