Docked her

Andrew was a dental practitioner. Whilst it said “Dentist” on his office door, the word “Performer” was emblazoned across his heart.

Every last Thursday of the month he’d down tools, grab his suitcase and rush to the moored ferry. A long weekend, the sea, stage lights and rapturous applause would await him.

Whilst he loved to sing to a captive audience with all the glitz and glamour, sparkles and general razzle-dazzle of his routine, he’d still have preferred a stage on dry land. He always found it tricky to shave his legs and apply makeup when the waters were choppy.



This piece was submitted as part of Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. 1 photograph. 100 words. Over 120 people taking part.


77 thoughts on “Docked her

  1. rochellewisoff says:

    Dear Peter,

    I’ve learned to put my coffee down while reading your stories. I definitely would’ve spewed at your last line.

    Should it be “he’d PUT down his tools?” without put it sounds like he swallowed them.

    Aside from that…highly entertaining.



    1. MrBinks says:

      Ha, fine praise indeed.
      As for “downed tools” it’s certainly a phrase here in the UK. Perhaps it doesn’t travel? Besides, my way works for nailing the 100 words limit!

    1. MrBinks says:

      Thanks. I felt good about it this week – this one felt more in keeping with the other stories from my book, People Watching 🙂

  2. patriciaruthsusan says:

    Mr. Binks, Hilarious. I also laughed out loud. 😀 Does Andrew ever fill teeth during his act? I’d like to see that. In fact, teeth or no teeth, I’d like to see that act. Well done. 🙂 ___Susan

    1. MrBinks says:

      Thanks for the kind comment. It is my pleasure to make you laugh – though I’m thinking now of, perhaps, a minutely rate.

      1. MrBinks says:

        If I do, and you do, you know that I’d want you to send a…

        *puts the kettle on*

        … and then we’d have a 100 photos of photos \o/

  3. high five and raspberries says:

    The title is brilliant, the filling superbe, the ending delightful. I will try to wipe the mouthfull of tea that I spewed across my screen…:)

  4. jamsun says:

    This is very interesting! The only thing that I stumbled on is “downed tools,” but then I read the comments and realized it’s an UK phrase, so then it was fine for me. I really like the juxtaposition of the dentistry and performer, and the title is hilarious!

    1. MrBinks says:

      It sounds like you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading, and even more for taking the time to comment. I do hope you’ll come back soon.

  5. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Mr. Binks, I love your story and your country has the neatest mysteries and dramas via PBS for us to watch. I too, was confused about the “downed tools” comment. Your title is so clever! Good job! Nan 🙂

    1. MrBinks says:

      Hi Nan,
      Thanks for the kind comment. I can’t take credit for the British dramas, but the title was all me 😉

  6. Lucy says:

    The last line made me laugh. I bet it’s difficult to shave those legs and apply makeup when the water’s choppy. Great take on the prompt. Well done. Lucy

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