A Burglar’s Education

By Neel Anil Panicker

Dear Unknown,

Last night I entered this palatial bungalow of yours.

Led by a torch light, I tiptoed my way through the three floors, climbing stairs, opening doors,  almirahs, drawers, rummaging through every conceivable slit.

Thirty minutes later these were my takings:  3 boxes of diamond, 2 gold necklaces, and, a money chest that I found cleverly hidden inside a bathroom tile in a first floor upper bedroom attachment. I opened it to find it stacked with 100 dollar bills.  A ballpark estimate would be about one million dollars.

Kindly do correct me if I am wrong; after all it is your money.

With the loot in a jute bag I made my way out.

It was then that I spotted the wall, the frame, and the words, __ Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.

My mind turned a bushfire.

I left the bag and its contents there and stepped out blazing with the fire of my passions.

And for that I thank you and a certain Mr Pratchett.

P.S. Be careful. Not all thieves are lettered, though.





Sunday Photo Fiction – December 11th 2016

The idea of Sunday Photo Fiction is to create a story / poem or something using around about 200 words with the photo as a guide. Please try to keep it as close to the 200 words as possible. It doesn’t have to be centre stage in the story, I have seen some where the placement is so subtle, the writer states where it is.

Careful editing is the key to keeping the story within the constrains of the limit. 200 words may seem like a lot, but it disappears quickly. The challenge makes you look at replacing two words with one, and a little jiggery pokery. A few words over is sometimes necessary when there is no way of shrinking it without losing an integral part of the story. Using a program like Microsoft Word or Open Office have a word counter so you can see how many you have used.

Once you have written and posted your story, please add the link to the inlinkz froggy icon below and add it to the collection so we can all have a read.

6 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/200words/spf/12/12/2016

  1. […] neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/200words/spf/12/12/2016 […]


  2. I like that. Leaving a letter behind and an apology. Really good. I like it,.

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    1. Thank you so much. Your appreciation is much appreciated.

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  3. Interesting take and quote. A thief with a conscience 🙂

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    1. Yes, Dahlia. Some thieves do have a heart of gold and a change of heart. Thanks for your appreciation.

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  4. Enjoyed the thief.. I was hoping he did not take the fire quote out of context and burn the house instead!


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