Friday Fictioneers: Is It Safe?

Over at the Addicted to Purple blog, Rochelle has challenged us to write a story of ±100 words based on the photograph below.

Is it Safe? Photo Prompt image © Ted Strutz

Is it Safe?
Photo Prompt image © Ted Strutz

Genre: Narrative Fiction
Word Count: 100

I thought about my apprenticeship instructor, Mike, and his cautionary words in my first class: “Before you touch anything, get out your circuit tester and check for voltage. Do not trust your own mother if she tells you that a circuit is dead.”

Fast forward six years and I am standing on a ladder in the dining room of my parents’ home replacing their overhead light fixture.

The dimmer switch is off and I am twisting the last wire splice when my mother said, ”Let me turn on the light so you don’t have to work in the dark.”

“MOM!!!!”

 

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  12 comments for “Friday Fictioneers: Is It Safe?

  1. February 3, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Priceless! I love it. 😀 My boyfriend had the wire for the dishwasher – a new one was coming – sort of hanging out. I was helping out and going to sweep for him and he said oh that’s not on so don’t worry. Then I got close to the thing, accidentally bumped it with the broom and POW, sparks and a frightened little me. Guess it wasn’t off.

    Great story, thanks for sharing (sounds like something my mom would do). Did it hurt a lot?

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  2. February 3, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Absolutely brilliant! Such a good story and I love the picture too! Awesome! Nan 🙂

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  3. February 3, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Dear Allan,

    I laughed out loud at your electrifying ending. Perfect illustration, too.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • February 3, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      Thanks, Rochelle. I got quite a chuckle out of the photo prompt this week.

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  4. January 31, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    That’s a WONDERFUL story and I laughed and laughed. My son’s early career was as an electrician (now he’s a middle school math teacher). “Let me give you some light” might be something I’d say, wanting to be helpful. Mostly, now, I keep my mouth shut and go-fer.

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    • January 31, 2015 at 11:02 AM

      A wise move. It allows him to concentrate on the task at hand.

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  5. January 31, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Funny! I so remember what seemed like overkill on the MANY electrical safety briefings in my technical training as a propulsion specialist. “Don’t even believe you own mother” was a constant refrain. Pull, tag, and collar circuit breakers or get someone killed. KILLED! Check the collar, check the tag, check the collar again. Yep, that is something that sticks with a person. Excellent take on the prompt, Allan.

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    • January 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      Thanks, Stephanie. The NEC-70e regulations that “current” electricians are following should go a long way to saving more lives and keeping the Hum-drum from becoming Ho-hum.

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  6. Al OTE
    January 31, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Reminds me of a song, Your momma don’t know… shocking!

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    • January 31, 2015 at 7:04 AM

      You might also throw in, “Blinded by the light”. A little Manfred Mann never hertz…

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