Another Man’s Shoes

Before I start today’s story, just some small news, and a big request.

My book, Turkish Delight, will be free on the Kindle Store from 0000 hours Pacific Time today, i.e. 1330 hours IST, and 0800 hours GMT, for a period of 24 hours. So, please feel free (He He!) to download it today, and more importantly read it.

It’s a short book, a quick read, which seems even more quicker because it’s so entertaining! Naah, read it yourself and then decide.

And in case you do like it, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. You will get the heartfelt gratitude and blessings of a struggling writer in return, the best reward there is ๐Ÿ™‚


And now, for today’s story.


Photo prompt courtesy Adam Ickes

I stared hungrily at the hiking shoes lying orphaned on the porch.

I’d never had shoes like that, and now, I wanted them more than anything else in the world.

I knew Mother would be angry if she ever came to know, but I couldn’t care less right then.

I had just extended my arm to pick them up when I heard the rumble. I looked around, then realized that it was my stomach.

I reluctantly moved away from the shoes.ย  Crestfallen, I realized that there was no space left for them, I’d still not digested their previous owner completely.


100 words.

Written as a part of Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more detailsย HERE).ย The challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less, inspired byย the weekly photo prompt. To read many more exciting stories based on this weekโ€™s prompt, visitย 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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44 Responses to Another Man’s Shoes

  1. jillyfunnell says:

    An appetiser of black humour. Well done! Maybe wait until supper time, when the digestion has settled.

  2. neilmacdon says:

    The call of an old shoe fried is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Hmm, a bit leathery for my taste ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. draliman says:

    Backpacker can lie heavy in the stomach, it’s true. Never mind, save the boots for a snack later ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sandra says:

    Terrific black humour.

  6. 4963andypop says:

    Wondering what kind of an omnivorous creature would eat both shoes and people! Great twist in the last line. I went from feeling sorry for him to being appaled!

  7. plaridel says:

    he must have one big appetite. the shoes can wait later for dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Alice Audrey says:

    So that tummy rumble wasn’t from hunger, I take it. Did Mom know?

  9. Priya says:

    It took me by surprise. Very well written.

  10. Abhijit Ray says:

    Why eat his shoes, if you have the man in his stomach? Look for another owner, there are many in this world full with people.

  11. LOL. You got me with that twist at the end. Well done.

  12. Dear Anurag,

    The end made me choke and then laugh out loud. Great bait and switch story. ๐Ÿ˜€



  13. granonine says:

    Gah! You caught me unsuspecting, completely surprised ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. michael1148humphris says:

    Yikes… Well done on publishing your book.

  15. Dale says:

    I should think he’d keep the boots for later. I imagine the texture would pass more for rawhide ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Violet Lentz says:

    Save them for a snack.. Nice write..

  17. Dahlia says:

    Ohh…Nicely done!

  18. Saving the best for last isn’t always wise… I would stare with the dessert just to be safe.

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