Alcoholic Wonderment

copyright – Ted Strutz

Patrons were frolicking about, sipping colorful cocktail creations. Such childish energy! I felt like Charlie at the Chocolate Factory—except with copious amounts of alcohol. I half expected Mr. Wonka to come around and ask, “What’ll it be?”

Then I heard him!

“Come with me…”

Haunting vibraphone tones rang as I looked around with bloodshot eyes.

“And you’ll be…”

Wonka spun my stool around.

“In a world of pure imagination!” I blurted out.

“What’d you say?” Asked the bewildered bartender—who didn’t look entirely unlike Gene Wilder. “You’re drunk. I’m trying to help. Come with me and you’ll be alright.”

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers. A weekly picture-writing challenge in 100 words or less.



  1. Sandra · August 4, 2016

    I hope he is trying to help. Nice one.

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  2. rochellewisoff · August 4, 2016

    Dear Nick,

    I can see how you got from the photo prompt from Willy Wonka. I hope sobering up isn’t too painful for him. Nicely done.



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    • Nick Anthony · August 4, 2016

      It’s such a beautiful and colorful establishment; it’s hard not to think of a fantastical place 🙂


  3. MrBinks · August 5, 2016

    Great, now I’ll be humming that all day – thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. gahlearner · August 5, 2016

    He certainly did have too much to drink. Nice of the bartender to be helpful.


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