MFtS: Those Dirty Rats

“What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Reads the sign above the “door” to our web. We were going to trap all the “insect deceivers” and rid the world of them.

Suddenly an insect was caught in the web. It was Senator Blah-blah. He ran on a campaign of honesty and once he was elected he didn’t keep his word. I enjoyed watching him wiggle himself into more stickiness. He will make a fine meal.

Again, a flash of light and another low-life politician was stuck in our web. This time it was Senator Badass. He had an affair with his campaign manager and denied her baby was his. He tried pinning it on his personal assistant. What a creep.

Feeling especially happy, I began singing, “Liar, liar, pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire” while I was warming up the cooker.

ยฉpricelessjoy, 2015 (140 words)

Photo credit goes to ยฉBarbara Beacham

This is my submission to the fun flash fiction challenge hosted by the lovely Barbara Beacham. She furnishes us with a photo prompt, the first sentence to our story, and give us approximately 150 words with which to write our stories. Thank you Barbara for hosting this fun and addicting challenge. If you would like to know more about this challenge please click on this link: MFtS. If you would like to read the other participant’s stories, click on this link and then click on the blue froggy button.



67 thoughts on “MFtS: Those Dirty Rats

    • Thank you Sonya! I’m having trouble finding things to write about and this came to my mind immediately when I saw the spider’s web. Thought I would have a little fun with the names.

      • Do you keep a writer’s notebook? I have a small one that I carry everywhere, and I write down any ideas that come to me in it. It’s really useful in times when I don’t know what to write about because there’s stuff in there I’ve completely forgotten.
        But I love that moment when I see a picture and know exactly what I want to write for it. You did a great job with this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Oh… love this! Could I send a few more politicians your way? They’d be quite tasty!!

    Like Sonya, I keep a journal with me at all times, where I plot out storylines and jot down ideas. Yesterday, I came across something I’d written down and forgotten about. It is a very useful tool.

  2. Great story Joy! It is so perfect for this day in time, and, unfortunately there are a lot of people in Washington whose nose should be long as a telephone wire! But, we don’t need proof from the appearance of their nose to know what’s going on! Funny story….not funny that it is the reality of todays situation.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed your sticky story. Wish some politicians could be put away like that! Maybe at the end we won’t have any of them left. I had a good laugh, well done! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Not only did I enjoy your story which of course is complete fantasy ๐Ÿ™‚ I learned there was another line at the end of fire ‘nose as long as a telephone wireโ€

  5. Oh! I love things dark and sinister! this one really hit the spot! I look forward to more of your words!

  6. Could not have been any better for the provided photograph! Such a nice story. I loved the metaphors used to convey the message. The small story speaks a lot. Great read!

  7. I so enjoyed this story!!! made me chuckle at these deceitful morons who got a taste of their own medecine…what a great stew that must have been!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Put a smile on my face reading your piece. I had heard the first part of the children’s rhyme, but not the second – but it seems a fitting reference to Pinocchio! I also thought of the book (I think it was’ “Fried Green Tomatoes” by Fannie Flagg where one of the characters, um…well gets ‘et (eaten).

    Thanks again for your kind words on my contribution.

  9. What a great story! I can almost see a business idea behind it. You can’t simply trust the newspapers these days as there always is a big fat spider somewhere in the dark pulling the strings of what they want you to know and what needs to stay hidden.

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