Litter Warden – a 100 word story

The group challenge is to write a 100 word story based on the photo prompt below courtesy of ©The Reclining Gentleman

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Friday Fictioneers prompt for October 24, 2014 ©The Reclining Gentleman

Litter Warden

Finbar made his living from salvage but he couldn’t salvage the creature that lay dying on the high tide line, its eyes full of pain and confusion. Another one. Finbar’s gut twisted. He had to do something.
Photographs of dead turtles and gannets that he placed where the town’s revelers gathered to get drunk before heading on to the expensive seafront bars were defaced. No matter.
In pre-dawn darkness Finbar opened a picture frame to retrieve a tiny camera.
Now he could identify who was discarding the plastic from their six packs and other such rubbish.
Now he could ensure justice was served. Slowly.

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23 Responses to Litter Warden – a 100 word story

  1. draliman says:

    Nice, an eco-warrior of sorts. I wonder if the authorities will take action when presented with his evidence, or if he’ll take matters into his own hands?


  2. Ypu gotta love his passion and compassion.


  3. Dear Siobhán,

    That poor litter warden has a daunting task ahead of him. Nicely written.




  4. While I share his disgust and anger, I can’t approve of his next step/s. 🙂 Good story, though.



  5. Margaret says:

    Finbar’s a delightful character. I love the idea of his patient, steady campaign to make the world a little better. No matter that he faces overwhelming odds. I like his spirit.


  6. Powerful story, Siobhan. We feel his frustration and anger. I’m glad you left his next plan open; it allows us to imagine all kinds of possibilities.


  7. Sneaky, or clever, I’m not sure. But a nice story.


  8. Sandra says:

    There’s dedication for you. Not sure I approve, but I understand the sentiments. I lose count of how many swans I see with fishing lines dangling from their mouths – and there’s absolutely nothing an untrained bystander can do about it. Nicely done.


  9. I love where you went with this and am on Finbar’s side…..


  10. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Siobhan, Great story – I have always thought that if I knew where the dirty little litterers lived, then I could give them back all the trash they left – on their lawn, or car. Nan 🙂


  11. In general, I think we failed this planet and it’s non-human inhabitants. There are few guardians left, but I wonder what is the proper way to fight that battle. Great story, Siobhan.


  12. Siobhan, It’s absolutely disgusting how some people dump their garbage where it can damage the wildlife. Wild things are virutally helpless against such plastic waste. I’ve been cutting my dental floss into small pieces for years before I dispose of it in a proper container.. It’s a little thing, but every little bit helps. Evidently more education is needed. Well written. — Susan


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