Town Sheriff

Posted: July 23, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers
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Copyright - Marie Gail Stratford

This morning I found out that one meaning of “forking” is to fork someone’s house instead of toilet papering it.  Perhaps a bit cleaner and easier to tidy up, but where does one find that many forks?  Anyway, here’s my contribution to Friday Fictioneers – 98 words.

“The Fork People visited last night.”

Leslie reddened.  “Sorry, Pappa.”

“You know as town sheriff I can’t allow that sort of thing at my own home.”

“No, Pappa.”  Just turned sixteen and still getting lectured.

“It’s fine at the Johsnon’s house or the Westfield’s.  Not here. Makes it look like my daughter’s a  sl … Well, just not here.”

“Right, Pappa.”

“So, what I want you to do, is go out and collect them.”

Leslie went outside and looked at all the beautiful forks sticking straight up in the grass

spelling “Joey loves Leslie” in shiny silver and gold.


  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    No man wants his teenage daughter getting forked.


  2. Sandra says:

    Clever and gently funny. Loved it.


  3. camgal says:

    Haha smooth, shiny and clean is my judgement. Nice one Alicia! Clever and slightly romantic..if I can say that.


  4. Joey is quite the romantic. Hopefully he didn’t steal all those forks. 🙂


  5. I do love a love story. This one is forking beautiful!


  6. Wow! I’d never heard of “forking” a house. Loved your differently-pronged approach. Charming and sweet ending.
    A thought: At least it wasn’t “fracking” — that daughter would have to answer to a lot of angry neighbours!


    • Me neither until I dully looked up Fork People to see who they were before I had my first cup of coffee and figured out fork people vs chopstick people on my own. Along my journey down Google Lane I found a clean meaning for “forking.” There’s some awfully weird meanings, too, ones not meant for FF.


  7. At first I thought “what the fork!” but it was a nice sweet ending. Well done!


  8. draliman says:

    Aww, that’s sweet! And a little bit illegal 🙂 . That boy’s got guts.


  9. Dear Alicia,

    As a matter of fact I was once part of a group who forked a friend’s yard. However, we didn’t take the time to spell anything. 😉

    Pappa needs to lighten up. Cute story.




  10. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Alicia,

    A sweet tale. Believe it or do not, I had never heard of ‘Forking’. I’m very naïve. Lovely story, through and through.




  11. When I first saw this week’s photo, the first thing on my mind was “forking”. But I was worried my “forking” story would get me expelled from the class of Friday Fictioneeers, so I went the other way. You on the other hand did a wonderful job.


  12. Horus says:

    I love love-stories – and this one was real sweet ! 🙂


  13. I’ve never heard of this before, either, Alicia and while agree that your story is romantic and humorous, I’m trying to imagine someone taking the time to stick a bunch of forks in the ground, especially taking the time to spell something out!! True love is indefatigable!



  14. dianathrelfo says:

    This practice is new to me, but it sounds pretty harmless. What an embarrassment to have the town sheriff as a father! Very entertaining take on the prompt.


  15. Alicia, I also didn’t know the meaning of “forked.” Teens are always coming up with something new. I think it’s less about his job and more about not wanting to face his daughter growing up and having a boyfriend. Good story and well written. 🙂 —Susan


  16. The other Dawn stole my comment! What a lovely, lovely thing to find on your lawn!


    • Thanks, Dawn! I would have loved to find that on my lawn at sixteen. Come to think of it I was actually dating a guy named Joey when I was sixteen – and my dad would have given me the same lecture the town sheriff gave Leslie. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


  17. subroto says:

    Unfortunately for the Sheriff it looks like Leslie might be spooning with Joey soon. That’s one way to start a romance. Sweet story.


  18. rgayer55 says:

    Cute and clever story. I’m kind of like the sheriff, if you’re going to fork my daughter, I don’t want to know about. And certainly don’t want a billboard in my yard informing the whole town.


  19. Michael B. Fishman says:

    As someone who used to go out toilet papering friend’s houses when he was a kid, I really liked this story. And there’s no way to spell “I love you” with toilet paper! Nice job!


  20. Nice. Very nice.


  21. Very touching story. Lovely.


  22. Blake says:

    I remember when lovers were encouraged to “say it with flowers.” Now people say it with cutlery? Ah, curious times 🙂


  23. K.Z. says:

    awww that was really romantic 🙂


  24. Some guys CAN be romantic. Thanks for reading and commenting, K.Z.


  25. hafong says:

    Would certainly catch one’s eye! I like it. Good fork. 🙂



  26. It’s all the glitter! Thanks for reading!


  27. Sarah Ann says:

    I’m intrigued as to what Dad was going to say. How can he think his daughter is anything other than someone who is loved? Lovely story.


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