When Duty Calls


Photo prompt courtesy J Hardy Carroll

I crawled across the floor, and somehow managed to reach the window.

Opening it was a mammoth task, but I kept at it, till finally, I had it up.

My next task was to scramble out, and wait for transport.

I barely had time to breathe before I felt a gust of wind, and the window fell, straight at me.

With no place left to go, I jumped up, and was left hanging from the windowsill, cursing the antediluvian SOBs who still entrusted their mails to snails like me, instead of sending emails like God intended them to.


98 words.

I wrote this in a frenzy, and all I could see was a snail hanging from the window upstairs. I have absolutely no idea what it actually was, but then, who cares? Snails lie in the eyes of the beholder.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a story in 100 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt.

To read many more 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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22 Responses to When Duty Calls

  1. Always so clever. 🙂

  2. gahlearner says:

    Wonderful. So that’s what snail mail is… and the wasps’ nest really looks like the house of a snail.

  3. Jelli says:

    Being a lover of “snail mail”, I guess He wouldn’t like me too much. hehe! Love the story and the perspective of it.

  4. neilmacdon says:

    I’m still waiting for my first snail mail to be delivered. I sent that snail off in 1997

  5. Ha ha – great fun to read, Anurag. Loved your take on the photo prompt.

  6. Iain Kelly says:

    A new interpretation of ‘snail mail’ 🙂

  7. Dale says:

    That was great! It’s all about what you see, isn’t it? Poor bugger, just left hanging there…

  8. michael1148humphris says:

    Thank heaven the snail jumped, or he might have been jammed

  9. plaridel says:

    you did it again. what a clever twist.

  10. Dear Anurag,

    There’s a lot to be said for “snail mail.” Love the story.



  11. lisarey1990 says:

    Clever, clever twist indeed!

  12. Unique and clever take on the photo. Poor snail, almost squished. Glad he jumped.

  13. Ha… snails are perfect postmen

  14. granonine says:

    Hilarious. I’m still smiling, thinking about that poor snail.

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