How to De-Bait a Detective: Friday Fictioneers

Even Charlie Chan gets baited, but he rarely falls for the bait. Of course, his number one son may bait him even more than any evildoer…

Each week Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic to write a 100 word story about.

This week we’re back by popular demand to what was formerly loosely referred to as humor.

Copyright – Melanie Greenwood

Copyright – Melanie Greenwood

How to De-Bait a Detective

Number one son, wait. No go through that.
Why papa-san?
Absence of owner’s manual wastes user’s time.
Only get lost. Bait only good if fish bite.
You think it’s a trap?
A fool in a bush is easily seen.
What do we do?
We go around.
Papa-san so wise.
Remember son-san: words cannot cook rice.
Fer sure, pops.
Rice no pop, try corn.
Ok. I get it.
So smartass-son get this: when dinner over, nobody remembers spoon.
Perfect. Now, let’s go, dad.
Detectives, like authors, choose words wisely, take time.
I give up. Whenever you’re ready.
Ok, now is time to go.

Randy Mazie


35 thoughts on “How to De-Bait a Detective: Friday Fictioneers

  1. I really liked the old Charlie Chan movies with Number One son (Keye Luke) and Number Two son (Sen Yung) and so on and only white guys ever playing Charlie. But I think the reference to calling people “san” is Japanese, not Chinese?

  2. I :-)was going to get picky but i see someone else already has spotted the ‘san’. I think Charlie is Chinese but then sometimes we speak with a fork tongue and slip in a bit of Japanese. 🙂 Anyways, I love your humour. Life would be better with a manual. Maybe I could write one. hahaha.


  3. Dear Randy, Your name was used for this prompt (even though it is misspelled). Excellent story and you made me smile too! Papa-san and Charlie Chan – can’t get any better late at night. I love it. We have always called our sons #1, #2, #3, and #4 sons and they love the reference to Charlie Chan movies! I used to watch them all the time! Excellent Mr. Maize! Nan 🙂

    • Thanks. I like writing pieces like these.
      Twelve kids, eh? I didn’t know that. Did they all have numbers? Number one son, number two, and so on?
      Hey. did he, by any chance, marry that old lady who lived in a shoe?

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