Flash Fiction Friday – An Unlikely Affair

September 26, 2022, prompt: Write a story about a broken arm in 99 words (no more, no less). What happened? Is there a cause and effect because of the broken arm? Was the injury faked? Why? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

An Unlikely Affair – by Hugh W. Roberts

Fiona was furious.

“What the hell are you doing? You promised me!”

Shocked, Nick was embarrassed to see his wife had found him out. Not even the broken arm she’d given him had stopped him from seeing Bella again.

“All she wants is your money!”

“But she loves me. And I love her.”

Bursting into tears, Fiona made a beeline for Nick, who thought she was about to break his other arm. As he stepped back from Bella, he watched in horror as his wife broke Bella’s arm.

“Keep away from fruit machines, Nick. You’re going to bankrupt us!”


Image of a broken arm in a plaster cast
Image Credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.


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43 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – An Unlikely Affair

  1. I believe that. The way to get better is to write. I wrote a post about it, but I won’t paste the link here to plug it. The hardest part is getting started – I’m sure you’ll agree.

  2. I always like your twists to the plot Hugh. I only played the slot machines once on a short cruise with my parents. I had a lot of fun, didn’t win anything, so no lemons, oranges, etc. lining up for me.

      1. Yes, we say that over here too Hugh. Right now we have two high-stakes lotteries going simultaneously. People are buying up tickets like crazy. This Summer we had a lottery prize of over one billion dollars.

        1. Believe it or not, on regular lottery tickets, I bought a ticket for a boss that was leaving and put it in his going-away card. He won $50.00. The attorneys at the Firm had a lotto club, so they decided I was lucky and they put me in the club and I was chosen to go down and buy the tickets every Friday since they thought I had some magical powers. We did that for about a year and “we” never won. My gig was over. 🙂

    1. I don’t blame you for having to reread it, Terri. Fruit machines are known by many names, so I chose the one I thought most readers would know. Thank goodness for the comments section, too, where I can explain a little more.

      I used to love playing the fruit machines when I was much younger. I won a few Jackpots too, but I have no interest in them these days. They can be very addictive.

  3. It has to be a UK vs US thing.
    The gambling device with spinning pictures of fruit & things here is called a slot machine so I was confused by your story and was trying to figure out what this expensive fruit processor device was that was costing them so much money 💰 but someone’s comment above straightened me out and now your story is as funny as they always are.

    1. I agree with what you say about language problems, Gary. I was once disqualified from a writing competition because I used the word ‘Motorway’ instead of ‘Freeway’ in a story. The judge claimed she had no idea what a motorway was! I was going to use the word ‘one-armed bandit’ but wasn’t sure if everyone (especially younger readers) would know what I was referring to. Fortunately, the comments section came to my rescue.

  4. Haha! Except, now Nick will have to buy yet another fruit machine!

    Cool names, Hugh. I recognize Bella (of course, as we live in her) and I just visited a friend in Austin (yep, a name you are close to), Texas, who divorced the husband – Nick – she was with when we last met up. 🙂

    1. I thought ‘Bella’ was an excellent name for a fruit machine, Liesbet, because of the noise they make when paying out. Some also have the bell symbol on the reels that spring around. And having recently read what you call your new home, ‘Bella’ was in the foreground of my mind when writing this piece of flash. It was a great match.

      ‘Austin’ – ‘Nick’ – ‘divorce’ – there seem to be some telepathic powers at work this week.

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