Current trends (Friday Fictioneers)


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His first day of high school everyone laughed.

‘See what he’s wearing?’

‘Around his waist… what a weirdo.’


He ignored them. Acted like he didn’t care.

It only took a few weeks.

By the end of first term everyone wore cords instead of belts. Jim’s Hardware put in a special order from China just to meet the demand.

The first morning of second term he stared at the extension cord hanging over the back of his bedroom chair.

From his wardrobe he pulled a dusty old belt and threaded it through the loops of his jeans.


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38 responses to “Current trends (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. This guy’s a real trend setter. A creative bit of writing.

  2. Dear Jessie,

    I enjoyed this clever story. I agree with Patrick. He’s definitely a trendsetter, if not devious. Nicely written.



  3. The need to be different is almost compulsive in some people. I liked this, and I’m very pleased you’re back. I’ve missed your work.

  4. I can really identify with your boy. I remember wearing weird things at school, trouble was they mostly didn’t catch on…

  5. Oh I love this… maybe he will wear next to fool his classmates.. good reading from the photo.

  6. MrBinks

    Ha, very good! It also reminds me, I need to buy a new belt.

  7. A clever representation of how anything can be considered fashionable. And like what Sandra wrote, the need to be ‘different’ in the way that we dress is compulsive in some people. It is almost like a competition!

  8. I like this. Sometimes, you just gotta be different.

  9. Very interesting, multilayered story of human character. I like how he burns with quiet passion.

  10. bykimberlylynne

    Lots of sheeple in the world. I wonder what trend this bold leader will inspire next.

  11. Loved it! He wanted to be different!

  12. Jessie, I love it. The line between ridicule and just cool is razor thin at that age. You captured it well.

  13. I bet your character’s a no. 4 on the Enneagram. Maybe an 8. Ingenious use of the prompt. Wouldn’t have expected that. Would like to meet your 4/8 again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wow! The Enneagram is really interesting. I’d never heard of it before and had to Google it! I can use the Enneagram to place each of my characters in my stories and make them more rounded. Thanks for expanding my mind!

  14. Not caring can make you a trendsetter – its all about attitude ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. He must have quite a personality to be able to pull that off! I just hope Jim’s Hardware don’t have too many extension cords left or they’re going to be needing to get rid of a lot of stock when the trend ends! Great story. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Melanie

    Clever story, great title. I really enjoyed this.

  17. Haha! Puts me in mind of cut scene from ‘The princess Diaries’ where the teens all start dancing with bananas because the cool kids are doing it.

  18. Very nice story! How fickle is fashion

  19. I like your take on the prompt!-and your statement about fashions : )

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