Friday Fictioneers – Shell Game

Another super-short story inspired by the photo below. Want to see what other people made of the same picture? Here’s your chance. And, if you want to, add your interpretation!

still-life-with-dougShell Game

“So your husband sold these?”

“Oh, yes. Mounted collections. He was so proud of his finds – these are really rare shells, you know.”

“Uh-huh. Pretty pricey?”

“Well, yes. They had to be. His expenses were so high.”

“Uh-huh.” The policeman headed for the next room, and she trailed after. “Lots of equipment in here.”

“You need all sorts of computer stuff to run a business these days.”

“Printing invoices and stuff?” She nodded. “Who uses a three-d printer for invoices?”

“That? That’s just a hobby.”

“Profitable hobby. We’ll have to test these shells, but I bet they turn out to be plastic.”


“Fakes. Nice job programming that printer, though.”

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Please let me know what you think of this story!

10 responses to “Friday Fictioneers – Shell Game

  1. Wow, a 3-D printer making plastic shells – Good imagination and well written story! This is very clever and I really liked the way you pushed the right buttons on this story – GOOD JOB! Nan 🙂

  2. Dear Sharon,

    Hi, stranger. 😉 I’d like to see how those 3-D printers work. Sounds like someone in your story’s about to get busted. Nice job. Good to see you here.



    • Hi, there – let’s see, I’m sure I remember you 😉

      Yes, arrests are coming any minute now. As for 3-D printers – I haven’t had a chance to see one myself, but one of my husband’s co-workers got one last year (they’re both in the computer science department), and I’m told that the printers lay down layers and layers of plastic in whatever shapes they’ve been instructed to make.

  3. You are so clever 🙂

  4. Rare shells indeed. What next? An engaging story. I like the policeman – he’s so droll.

    • Glad you like it! As for what happens next – it occurred to me a while after writing this that if the rare shells were real, they’d probably be from endangered, protected species. So maybe the couple selling them will be in less trouble if they’re fakes than if they turn out to be genuine after all!

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