Simple Things

Time for another entry in Friday Fictioneers challenge, courtesy of Rochelle Wissof-Fields. If you want to give it a try, check the info on her blog. 100 words more or less, inspired by a photo, here we go….


 Copyright –  Randy Mazie

Slavko Blagaj was a simple man, leading a simple life, dreaming simple dreams. When both he and his wife lost their jobs, simple dreams vanished with first unpaid bills.
Two t-shirts, one worn pair of pants, 2 sets of clean  underwear, toothbrush and his old bicycle was all he took with him.
“As soon as I earn some money , I’ll send for you.”
“Be safe, my love. Call me.”
When police found him lying on the scorched grass, he was heard saying:
“I’ll just rest awhile… and then I’ll call her. I must call her.”
Slavko Blagaj was 47 when he died.

43 thoughts on “Simple Things

  1. I think that going for the alternative story was a good thing.. to make you a little surprised, this is very close of my second idea I had for this week before I decided on your other. Like minds seem to exist when it comes to story telling… and just to mirror your comment: You told this one a lot better than I ever would..


  2. weebluebirdie says:

    I’m just passing through. I was looking through the others and kept wondering, ” why is no one writing about the guy on the grass”. It took me longer to notice the library in the photo. Interesting how dfferently our minds work!


  3. Emilio Pasquale says:

    We must help as many Slavkos as we can! Thank you for bringing us back to the real meaning of the season with such a tale. We must help whoever, however we can!


  4. Dear Lore,

    It sounds as though Slavko was struck by lightning.

    A good, sad, well written tale. The atmosphere in it was thick with inevitable tragedy and reminded me very much of the the past six years of our country’s history.

    Well done.




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