Stiff Upper Lip

His lips trembled when he heard. That was not how he was taught. For if disaster would hit him, his lips should remain utterly stiff. But this was inconceivable; he couldn’t be helped. They weren’t supposed to drink, he knew that. And the fact that the neighbour’s son had to have his stomach emptied, didn’t exactly help. But his father’s decision was out of proportion, the punishment too severe. Father was emptying the band’s shag and selling their equipment. He would never play the keyboard again.


Photo prompt from Friday Fictioneers 


5 thoughts on “Stiff Upper Lip

  1. Dear Alex,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. It does seem you didn’t quite hit the word limit of 100 and could’ve used them to explain what happened. Should the second sentence read, “That was not how he was taught?”

    It’s a challenge to write an entire story in so few words. I look forward to reading more from you.



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    • Dear Rochelle, thank you for your positive feedback! I updated my story – now 96 words – and corrected my typo. I’m new at writing short stories and it’s great to get feedback and learn from this. Thank you, Alex


  2. Dear Alex, Well, the father did indeed have a dilemma. What to do? He did what he thought was right and it probably taught the kids a good lesson – although with the kid next door, having his stomach pumped out is not any fun. Good job! Nan 🙂

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