Five Sentence Fiction — Orange

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Orange. 

Here is my orffering:

“Assholes,” Eric mutter from the top of his ladder, while slopping paint vigorously.

Their home—standing proudly on the corner lot for over 25 years, lovingly landscaped, maintained and bursting with riotous color nearly year round—was considered one of the gems in the coveted neighborhood of kids, pets, mature trees, walking paths, and strictly enforced covenants. The original brown aluminum siding had faded under years of sun to a powdery cappuccino, so Eric and Erin had decided on a rich, barn red, premium vinyl to re-clad the house in until a letter from the Homeowners Association had put the kibosh on that. “Your neighbor,” the letter stated, “has argued that the proposed shade of red does not fall within the original pallet of colors for your region and the architectural review board has voted to decline your request.”

The contractors were scheduled to arrive on Tuesday with new brown siding, but in the meantime Eric was admiring his handiwork on the side of the house that faced Ed and Jane’s property—a huge two-story hand with only the middle finger extended was painted crudely in a vibrant traffic cone orange.

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Photo illustration by Andy Black

25 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Orange

  1. Ooooh excellent. I wish I could have been there to see that. A really acerbic and original response to the prompt.

  2. Ahaha. Cracked me up. Where do I link my story when I do it? Back here or to her?

  3. I have no idea when I became one of the zombies. Their heads down, acknowledging no one, mesmerized by the collection of electronic accoutrements they carry in assorted cases, backpacks and oversized purses, trudging up stairs that are already moving to only wait for the Orange line trains that are invariably packed with more zombies. Only month ago I marveled at the sociological display as I actually made eye contact and smiled to these creatures… but no more. I am them. As long as the batteries hold out.

  4. orange wonderful wonderful story. love the “sign”

  5. Oh the sweet-spot of harmless revenge!

  6. Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

  7. Oh how I’ve wanted to do that, or something like it! I have neighbours who regiment everything in their garden, they’ve got time as they’re retired. But I resent being reminded to cut our grass when it grows more than 5cm…we often leave it to grow just because we can!

  8. Here’s your sign!! Gotta love the sweet orange revenge!! Wonderful!! 🙂

  9. Fantastic!
    Love a story with a good sense of humour and this one started off slow but delivered a great finish that made me glad I read it through (I have a short attention span when something doesn’t catch in the start so I have to tell myself to behave!).

  10. Oh my goodness, how funny! Such an orgininal, unexpected take on the prompt. Loved it!!!

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