A Hero in His Own Kitchen – a 100 word story

Below is this week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers. The challenge is to write a story in approximately 100 words in response to the photo prompt provided. This week’s photograph comes courtesy of ©Jean L. Hays

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Friday Fictioneers prompt for January 9, 2015 ©Jean L Hays

Friday Fictioneers prompt for January 9, 2015 ©Jean L Hays

A Hero in His Own Kitchen

Route 66 was an American-style diner that brought the magic of movies to life in our town. As a teenager it was so cool to hang out there supping chocolate milkshakes or ice-cream sodas.

Charlie the owner thrilled everyone with stories from when he visited the States and traveled the famous route with his American cousin.

Years later my editor tasked me with writing Charlie’s obituary. I asked his wife about the infamous journey.

‘Charlie never set foot outside Donegal,’ she laughed. ‘Mind you, he watched so many of those damn American biker movies that he might as well have been there.’

©Siobhán McNamara

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40 Responses to A Hero in His Own Kitchen – a 100 word story

  1. The power of the imagination. 🙂 Nice one, Siobhan



  2. plaridel says:

    now that you know the truth, i wonder if you’d allow him to take his secret to the grave. 🙂


    • Ha, I did think about this when I was writing the story. The journalist in me was thinking along the lines of ‘Charlie loved all things American and liked to tell people that he had traveled the famous Route 66 in his youth.’ or something to that effect.


  3. Loved the twist to this story! 🙂


  4. Aaahhh good ole Charlie, he was a storyteller like us!


  5. draliman says:

    Ha, the truth will out! It’s a shame he never got to go in real life. I hope the narrator finds some way of carefully wording his obituary so as to keep his secret.


  6. Dear Siobhán,

    All I can do is clap my hands and say, “delightful story.” I know what his wife means about those “damn American biker movies.” I’ve endured many of them with my American biker husband. 😉




  7. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Siobhan,

    Ah, his imagination matches yours. A great story from one of my favorite FF biker chicks.




  8. Margaret says:

    As long as he’s a hero in his own kitchen – no more is needed. An engaging story about a lovely character.


  9. Charlie sounds like a true storyteller of old. One that would nail children to their chairs with his enchanting words. Well done – I do like him.


  10. Irish to the bone! I love this story Siobhan, and the back history. I’ve known so many Charlies; they bring so much color to the world!


    • Thank you Dawn 🙂 The world certainly needs people like Charlie to add colour and excitement, and to fuel our imaginations. They are part of a long line of oral storytellers but have no idea they are keeping such a great tradition alive

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  11. Sandra says:

    I can identify with Charlie. I watch so many American films (I can’t bring myself to call the movies) that sometimes I’m widely travelled, state-wise. Florida, New Orleans and Philly are the true extent. 🙂 Nicely done Siobhan.


  12. A great title. It’s an interesting take on how movies, TV, books etc can help us visit the rest of the world without leaving our own parlour. I was on Mars not that long ago; did you know … .


  13. rgayer55 says:

    I heard a travel writer say that you didn’t actually have to visit the places you wrote about in person to be able to share that adventure with others. Sounds like Charlie took that advice to heart.


    • I came across a writing exercise once that suggested using YouTube videos to help create a setting for somewhere you had never personally visited and that was culturally different to your own background. I never got round to trying it, but it stuck with me.
      Interesting thought that travel writers may be a little less traveled that we think!


  14. I like that image, of the restaurant owner telling made-up stories to an audience who doesn’t know any difference. 🙂 Great story.


  15. Dee says:

    Charlie obviously was a true Irishman, born with the ‘gift of the gab’
    I could hear him telling his stories. Well done Siobhan you did him proud


  16. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    Love this. I’ve traveled quite a bit, and have seen these shrines to American culture, full of all kinds of Hollywood cliches. Well done.


  17. we all have that imagination don’t we… we are writers, so this hits close to home… (not time for my obituary yet though


  18. I adore the title of your story, perfection!


  19. Great story, Siobhan. What an imagination. Looks like he wasn’t the only one who benefitted from his stories. He took everyone along with him. Humorous and well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


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