This story is part of a weekly story challenge called Friday Fictioneers, where participants write a 100-word story based on a picture. Thank you to Fictioneers queen Rochelle for choosing my picture this week. This is from the Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.

I want to apologize for not being able to read more stories in the group lately. There has been some restructuring at work and I’m the acting director of our department for the next while. I’ve been working 60-70 hours a week trying to do two jobs, but that will (hopefully) calm down soon and things can return to a semblance of normalcy.


“What happened?” Dr. Rio asked.

“It was terrible,” Iguazu said. “I was flowing along, enjoying the sunshine, when things got rough. I started going faster, splitting into all these different channels. Suddenly, my bed disappeared and I was plummeting, crashing into rocks. I turned almost completely white!”

Iguazu sniffed. “Sorry, still feeling a bit misty.”

“Totally normal,” Dr. Rio said. “You’ll meet Parana soon, though. Things will calm down. Mostly. You’ll be in the Atlantic before long, meeting new friends. Zambesi’s there. And Amazon.”

After Iguazu left, Nurse Eddy came in. “Mississippi’s here. Feeling constipated.”

“More dams? Send him in.”

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Bill says:

    I will comment after I stop laughing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. James McEwan says:

    I suspect, Dr Rto Grande is attempting to build bridges for his patients.


  3. GHLearner says:

    This is great. So unique and perfect fun.


  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how Iguazu was feeling a bit misty going through those falls.


  5. Sandra says:

    Now that’s what I call a unique take.


  6. Very clever!! I hope your workload lessens soon. 🙂


  7. Margaret says:

    Ha! Love this. So clever. The ending is hilarious. Gorgeous picture too.


  8. Brilliant, thanks for the chuckle!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Dear David,

    Such a clever story teller you are. It just flows from you. 😉



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    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle. Sorry it took so long to reply. It’s been a humdinger of a summer. But I’m eternally optimistic it will get better soon. 🙂


  10. msjadeli says:

    To actually be in this place, snapping the photo, is a marvel in and of itself. I enjoyed the concepts in your story. So funny, rivers needing therapy. Great use of river names, and funniest of all is how each river has its own set of problems.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. You can tell what kind of a summer it’s been that I’m just replying now. It was a pretty magical place there, kind of hard to believe such a place exists.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome, and I guess so! Good for you in so many ways.

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Yes, you are quite the raconteur, Rochelle is right. So clever. I do love the waterfall. It looks as if you can touch and hear it. Love the comments you received.

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  12. plaridel says:

    great use of metaphor. well done.

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