FF: Straw Man Argument

PHOTO PROMPT Β© Sandra Crook


On the outside, Rita was pleasant as could be. People often marveled at her sense of calm.

“She is such a nice person. So sweet and innocent.”

In her backyard, a straw dummy clings to a wooden pole, sackcloth face scarred and bursting.

Rita’s dummy served two purposes. First, she learned how to throw knives. Second, on a particularly annoying day, she could always imagine the dummy represented a particular difficulty, and then – WHAM, right in the face.

The dummy could take it, and she could live to be nice another day.

This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers, where once a week we put together 100-word stories based on a prompt. I want to think I’m not the only one who looks at this picture from Sandra Crook and thinks oh, Wicker Man, I saw that movie. That was messed up.

As long as it’s not a real person, I believe it is neither illegal nor (necessarily) immoral to set something on fire. For example, my early Christmas present to myself: totally adorable, squishy animals that also serve as stress balls.

Here is my purple unicorn. I could not have written this one without his additional inspiration.

17 thoughts on “FF: Straw Man Argument

    1. I would ask how you know this, but I will assume that – like me – you also watch movies. Also acceptable are answers like “self defense.” If you can convince a jury of our peers that is good enough for me. πŸ˜‰

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