Friday Fictioneers: The Magic Number

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.

PHOTO PROMPT – © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Magic Number

We met at the Boba spot. We started talking while awaiting our orders.

“Charlie and I are going for a walk in the park. Would you like to join us?”

“Charlie? You know, three’s a crowd.”

“I’ve heard three’s company, too.”

I pointed out the window to the little dog waiting in the car.

“Aah! I’d love to.”

As we walked, she talked to Charlie more than me. We three started to feel more like those two and me.

How did I take my dog for a walk and become the third wheel? At least I still have my Boba.


Boba Tea, a.k.a. Bubble Tea, is a milk tea with little tapioca balls. The tea comes in a variety of flavors as do the balls. My favorite is a chocolate chai a local Chinese restaurant here makes. It’s way better than the actual Boba places. I’ve heard of Boba described as orgasmic. I wouldn’t take it that far, but it’s good.

Boba Tea, not to be confused with Boba Fett, which I did the first time I heard of it.
Charlie In The Car

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    1. The sad thing is this is based on a true story. I had a woman come up to us and start talking to Charlie. I tried to talk to her, but she completely ignored me. Thanks, Rochelle.


    1. Thank you.

      Bobas come in a plethora of flavors. The chocolate Chai is the best I’ve had. I used to request a chocolate Chai blend at Starbucks that really good. This just adds the Boba to it. I love Chai, but I’m also a chocolate fiend.

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    1. It helps that Charlie’s a total diva. She walks around like “Charlie’s here!” and expects all the attention.

      Not everybody likes the Boba, but I’ve been having a lot lately, so it made its way into the story.


  1. Mmm… Boba tea! Have you ever had an avocado one? I thought it sounded weird, but someone persuaded me to try it. It’s delicious!
    A sweet, well-structured tale. I see a future for them… as dog daddy, dog sitter and Charlie. 😊

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      1. Is that so unusual? People don’t know what they’re missing! It’s not as if we were talking about durian fruit. Now THAT’S an acquired taste that I haven’t acquired.

        Yes, try it and let me know what you think.

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  2. Good story, Nobbin. Feels more real than fiction. Haven’t heard of Boba. How do you get to the what I’m guessing are candy pieces at the bottom? Charlie looks like he has short little legs. Can he keep up on a walk or do you end up picking him up? You made a mistake of bringing a friendly adorable furbaby. Next time bring a vicious biter with you and you can protect your date from him or her.

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    1. It’s not a true story but is inspired by true events. There was a time I was with Charlie, and a woman came up to us and spoke strictly with Charlie. I tried to talk to her, and she ignored me completely. Given our complete lack of summer thanks to COVID and smoke, I’ve been trying to get out more, which has often entailed getting a Boba and taking a dog to a park. I took all those ingredients and made this story.

      Those are the Bobas at the bottom. They are tapioca-filled balls. They also come in jello and juice of a variety of flavors. The drink comes with the widest straw I’ve ever seen allowing access to the balls. I feel like a Boba commercial trying to explain them to everybody. They are really good. They come in a lot of flavors, but chocolate is my favorite as is true with most things that come in chocolate.

      I go on fairly lengthy hikes, and I have a hard time keeping up with them. Troy pulls hard the whole way out and has to stop multiple times on the way back when it’s hot. Charlie will demand “packs” when it’s hot. Tori gets mad at me when I try to cut them short. It’s more a heat issue than distance. Thing isn’t fully grown, so she can’t go on the big hikes yet.

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