The Whistler

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“That’s where he used to live.”


“Tom Hardy.”

“Who’s he?”

Was.  He died centuries ago.”

“Who was he, Mom?”

“Well, the town folks used to say that he was a whistling wonder.”

“What does that even mean?”

“Well, when he first came here, people didn’t pay him much attention until they heard him whistle.  He had whistling skills this town never heard before.  People invited him to parties and at the town fair, he had his own booth.  It drew huge crowds.

“What happened to him?”

“He whistled at another man’s wife and was challenged to a duel.”

99 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt Here. To read other stories or to participate, click Here

Posted for August 2020 Writing Prompts – #20 – He was a whistling wonder

36 Replies to “The Whistler”

    1. That’s why the name sounded familiar. It’s the name that popped into my head when I was trying to come up with a name for the character. As they say in the movie credits, “Any similarity with fictitious events or characters was purely coincidental.” You’re right. This was a fatal mistake for Mr. Hardy.

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  1. I actually googled to see if this was based on a true story! Sigh of good writing, I’d say. Poor bugger should have made his whistle less obvious. This was a really fun read.

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