The Interview


The interviewer’s voice was filled with awe as he asked me, “He can actually speak English?”

With a paternal look of pride on my face, I replied, “I taught him myself. So, do you think you can accommodate him?”

“Of course we can,” pat came the answer.

“How much?” I asked.

“Five hundred pounds,” he replied.

We shook hands on that, and I said to my ward, “You need to go with this gentleman, he will take care of you from now on.”

And as he walked unsuspectingly towards the slave trader’s barge, Friday cheerfully shouted, “Thank you Mr. Crusoe.”


100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can find more details of the challenge HERE. The objective is to write a short story of 100 words or less based on the photo prompt given above. This week’s photo has been contributed by JS Brand.

To read the other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.




About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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32 Responses to The Interview

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    And here I thought Crusoe was a good guy.

  2. neilmacdon says:

    I loved that ending.

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    No, how could he do that to Friday!

  4. Dale says:

    Slave Trader! Not the man I thought you were, Crusoe!

  5. wildchild47 says:

    Fantastic twist to the story! Proves anyone can be bought or sold. So much for loyalty!

  6. Oh no! I wasn’t expecting that twist at all. Great take on the photo prompt. Thanks for surprising me!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  7. Oh no! I certainly wasn’t expecting that twist. Thanks for surprising me!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  8. I really enjoyed this – interesting theme. I wonder, would it be even more effective if we weren’t told it was slave trader’s boat – make the reader work at understanding?

  9. Moon says:

    I really liked your first line and of course the rest of the story. I haven’t read Robinson Crusoe yet. Isn’t too late though. Thanks . 🙂

  10. Dear Anurag,

    I’ve never read Robinson Crusoe but wouldn’t have thought him a slave trader, Nicely done.



  11. So, Robbie C is not the man we thought he was! Excellent little yarn Anurag.

    Click to read my 100 Word Story!

  12. Oh, what a turncoat! This is such a delightful take on the prompt. I’m glad I stopped by.

  13. granonine says:

    Oh! What an awful twist! Very well done.

  14. yarnspinnerr says:

    This is a little too near the truth ……
    0.325 m children went missing between 2011 and 2014 in India. As many as 55% of them are girls. Forty five per cent of them remain untraced.
    Well crafted tale 🙂

  15. I never thought that Robinson was a reformed man coming back… poor Friday… maybe it would have been better if he had been cooked by his cannibal kin.

  16. ahtdoucette says:

    Well written story about a terrible fate – maybe. Still hoping he can get out somehow.

  17. Good story – such a cheerful, breezy beginning, then the switch to the grim fate for Friday. A well told tale.

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