100 Word Fiction – Pane In The Butt

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

A gracious man stopped by to help Bob push it out of the ditch. “Las Vegas, Nevada?”



“New job. Haven’t had time to change the plates yet.”

“Believe me, the weather around here gets tricky.  All four seasons in four hours. You won’t find THAT in Vegas.”

“All the more reason to be excited about being here.”  Bob thanked him profusely, driving away in a zig-zag.

At WMXT, Bob slid into his desk just as the camera light came on.  “Gooooood MORNING, Kansas City!  Looks like we ALL got stuck in six inches of partly cloudy, huh?”

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25 Responses to 100 Word Fiction – Pane In The Butt

  1. six inches of partly cloudy. Love it! Love it!

  2. Dear Kent,

    This is great. Six inches of partly cloudy is perfect. Climate is what we want and weather is what we get. Welcome back.



  3. janet says:

    Welcome to the Midwest, Bob!! Kent, at the risk of sounding predictable, I liked the same line as Rochelle and Doug, but just enjoyed the overall tenor of the store. “Pane in the Butt” indeed. Couldn’t you have worked “glassy-eyed” in there somewhere. 🙂

    • wmqcolby says:

      Hi, Janet!
      “Glassy-eyed,” huh? Not a bad idea. The title has no meaning other than a nod to the photo — which Rochelle appreciated, I know! 🙂
      Thanks for the comments!

  4. Hi Kent,
    Good story developed with effective dialog. Fun to read a story set in KC! Ron

  5. wmqcolby says:

    Thanks, Ron! I work in TV, so this is a true-ism with weather people.
    Thanks for your comments.

  6. boomiebol says:

    Love it…six inches of partly cloudy….brilliant :). Thanks so much for stopping by my blog

  7. JackieP says:

    haha! I can relate we just had a foot of partly cloudy. 😉

  8. wmqcolby says:

    Ohhh! It’s an old joke, but, like I told Doug, the Midwest is where weathercasters go to live.

  9. brudberg says:

    Very nice. Here in sweden we go metric I’d say we got a meter of cloudy 🙂

  10. Sarah Ann says:

    Loved the “… driving away in a zig-zag.” 🙂

  11. wmqcolby says:

    I work for TV, so I remember on of our former weathermen. It’s about the way he would have done it, too.

  12. vb holmes says:

    Pretty cool dude, that Bob….

  13. What a fun read. Very descriptive. It set your newly arrived character up as one ready to jump into life and meet all challenges head on.

  14. Lora says:

    Hi..is your name William or Kent? … …”6 inches of partly cloudy.” Is that a Midwestern term? Never heard it before. No matter…love it. Enjoyed your “sunglasses” piece as well. Nice work.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Hi, Lora. It’s Kent. William Q. Colby was a made-up name from the fifth grade — C.B. Colby (an author on the space program wrote a book for young people) and William is my cousin Bill’s name. There were too many Kent Bonham’s I found out. Who knew???
      Anyway, the partly cloudy is from an old joke where the weatherman gets a call from an irate viewer saying his car is stuck in 6 inches of partly cloudy. But, thanks for your comments on both stories.

  15. Sandra says:

    That’s a great term – six inches of partly cloudy. Well done, loved it.

  16. wmqcolby says:

    Thanks, Sandra. Mucho apreciado!

  17. Beth Carter says:

    Excellent. Loved your take on this prompt! Haha on the partly cloudy. We can all relate to that!

    • Beth Carter says:

      Side note: I used to be engaged to a meteorologist and every time we went on vacation and the weather was horrible, you can imagine how unhappy I was and I let him know. Lol

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