Such Is Life (C’est la vie)

The girl and the date do and did exist, respectively, the rest is fiction.

It’s an old joke, but I thought it a good exercise for those of you with the more “sophisticated” tastes.  READ CAREFULLY!  I provided a translation.

This photo prompt is brought to you by Lora Mitchell.

The Friday Fictioneers is brought to you by the Empress, “We All Know What Grows In” Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

The story is brought to you by ME.



I’m not fond of lilies.

They won me a date with Alicia, actress-model, when I visited Barcelona!  I’d been after her a long time.

We walked arm in arm through the dark streets, like in the movies!  The pigeons flew from the ground, almost on cue.  I turned to kiss her lovely face, a pigeon swooped down, pooped a whole toothpaste tube on my good pants while Alicia fell backwards into a fountain. Her skirt covered her head … and Victoria shared ALL her secrets!

“C’est la vie,” I said.

She slapped me.  She thought I said, “Se la ví.”  ***

***Spanish for “I saw it!”

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34 Responses to Such Is Life (C’est la vie)

  1. What you say and what people think they hear (and any loss in the translation) can be rather important! So you really did go out with an actress-model in Spain or is Spain part of the fiction? 🙂


  2. wmqcolby says:

    Yes, I really DID go out with an actress-model in Barcelona. Her name really IS Alicia and I got to see her again after eight years just this past July in Spain. The “slapstick” stuff never happened, though — whew!

  3. Oh, goodness! This was hilarious. One thing… It seems your narrator would tell this story in a tone that wavered between dry and dramatic, humorous and regretful. I’m not sure the exclamation points worked. I LOVED the words, though!

  4. kz says:

    hahaha this is hilarious… or horrifying.. really can’t decide which.. haha really good ^^

  5. yepiratehere says:

    Very very funny…! Real laugh at that….whichever parts actually happened or were dreamt!

  6. Sandra says:

    I can see I need to be careful when encountering Spaniards in France! Very funny! I like the way you take inspiration from real life events.

  7. Very very funny. But at least he got to see the goodies 🙂

  8. Anne Orchard says:

    I’m guessing that would be the end of the evening ,,, even if it wasn’t in real life. Still, a gentleman never tells.

  9. wmqcolby says:

    No, no such embarrassing thing like that happened. I took what was, in reality, a very wonderful evening and … just knocked it to pieces.

    A gentleman never tells … but he sure likes WRITING about it! 😀

  10. Amusing tale, well told.

  11. Dear Kent,
    Nice slapstick. Very believable.

  12. nightlake says:

    what a tragic end to a nice evening! hope the real Alicia doesn’t read it though..

  13. Joe Owens says:

    Alicia sounds so lovely. Ah when the plans fall apart we can have some uncomfortable moments.

  14. Nice! I love multilingual puns and mistranslations like that.

  15. elappleby says:

    Very funny – and educational too! Makes me glad I’m not single 🙂

  16. jwdwrites says:

    I’ll watch out for those pesky pigeons next time I’m in Barcelona! Good story.

  17. kdillmanjones says:

    I love it! The Spanish/French play on words is so creative. Great way to work it into the prompt as well!

  18. billgncs says:

    I smiled on this one. Lots of fun.

  19. I don’t see why you wouldn’t be fond of lilies even if the slapsticky part did happen! The closest I’ll get to a hot actress/model is Barbie.

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