The Last Straw

This week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers, a photo-prompt flash fiction group


Friday Fictioneers prompt for 28/02/2014
Copyright -Sandra Crook

The Last Straw

Last spring Jean-Jacques heard of a looming fodder crisis over in Ireland and immediately offered French farmers a price above the going rate for straw. They sold willingly.

The crisis continued and Jean-Jacques turned over a decent profit, gleefully buying and selling more as prices soared.

That summer he stocked up. But Ireland had a boom summer with great growth.

Unlike France. Jean-Jacques watched and waited while prices rose.

With animals dying, his angry neighbours descended in force.

Jean-Jacques tried to defend his investment but a pig farmer bundled him into a trailer of bales, thinking of the fine hams he would have come Christmas.

Β©SiobhΓ‘n McNamara

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49 Responses to The Last Straw

  1. Dear SiobhΓ‘n,

    Sounds like tough times for Jean-Jacques. Guess his neighbors figured him out. Nice one.




  2. Dee says:

    Oh dear, pay back for Jean-Jacques I fear…
    Nice take on the prompt


  3. Adam Ickes says:

    Looks like he made a bad investment this time around.


  4. A lot of story in 100 words.
    Well done!


  5. Well-done story. This just goes to show greed often does not pay in the long run. Stay friends with your neighbors.


  6. What goes around comes around, eh? I enjoyed that, although I guess Jean-Jacques didn’t. He baled. πŸ™‚



  7. Sounds like greedy Jacques got what was coming to him!


  8. hugmamma says:

    ha, ha. Talk about…just desserts! Or ham rolls in this case…


  9. writeamy says:

    Moral – don’t piss off your neighbors!


  10. Oh dear, these hedge fund and straw bale traders.


  11. Mike says:

    Love the “Title”. We had a good laugh over just the title.


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  13. Fitting revenge! Jean Jacques really got what he deserved. Witty and nicely written πŸ˜€


  14. atrm61 says:

    Too much greed makes one fodder for the pigs ;-)A great story -loved it:-)


  15. vbholmes says:

    What an ignominious end for a hot-shot commodities trader. Good story.


  16. Jan Brown says:

    So…revenge is savory, not sweet!

    Good story πŸ™‚


  17. shailajav says:

    The economy makes you do things, I tell you! Loving the great variety of takes on this picture πŸ™‚


  18. Nan Falkner says:

    Great story and very clever – let the pig feed the pigs! Greed will get you every time! Funny! Nan


  19. Thanks Nan πŸ™‚


  20. plaridel says:

    i would have loved that he had a change of heart rather than he ending in somebody’s table. .


  21. I would be careful eating french hams from now on…


  22. rgayer55 says:

    Reminds me of the Beatles song, Little Piggies – clutching knives and forks to eat their bacon πŸ™‚


  23. Deliciously wicked.


  24. sandraconner says:

    Ouch! Sounds like Jean-Jacques paid the highest price of all. What a unique take on the story. I know we’re already into the next week today, but I’m just now getting around to read a bunch from this week.


  25. beebeesworld says:

    Ah, siobhan, my irish lass! that is one of my favorite names. i will follow you blog and hope you will follow mine. Thanks for reading! beebeesworld


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