Hair-restorative oil

My latest brainwave was hair-restorative oil. Not very original you might think, but always sought after by the baldies.

Obviously I needed a new angle, and I had one. I took out a full-page ad in The Times with the usual blurb, but added – AS USED BY POPE BENEDICT.

This was immediately denied by the Vatican, and sales soared. The Vatican denies everything and nobody believes them.

It only lasted until Easter, when he appeared on that balcony as bald as a coot.
Undaunted, I realised that I needed to go into partnership.

At his next public appearance he sported a thick crop of hair, and I was made. No-one believes the Vatican; no baldy ever gives up hope.

If there is a heaven it can’t be much better than this. Me and Benny on my yacht in the Caribbean, smoking Havanas and taking turns on Miss Venezuela.

For challenge #21 in Flash Fiction

Any story about advertising blurb.


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  • rjpmcmahon
    rjpmcmahonover 4 years ago

    Gee I laughed. Having been a paid up financial member of the FCS (follickle(y) challenged society) for a long time now I found this particularly appealing. Enjoyable write lol. Where can I buy a bottle ? There still may be hope :-))

  • Hi Rick, forget it. It didn’t work for me.

    – ian osborne

  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteover 4 years ago

    i’m choking—great story, what a partnership!

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 4 years ago

    LOL … deliciously irreverent!

  • Thanks for reading AT. And me a Catholic too….

    – ian osborne

  • Glenn Marshall
    Glenn Marshallover 4 years ago

    Can’t stop smiling!

  • Glad you enyoyed it Glenn.

    – ian osborne

  • annieannie
    annieannieover 4 years ago

    roflol x annie

  • just had to check what that meant….got it now….Pleased it had you laughing Annie!!

    – ian osborne

  • David Haviland
    David Havilandover 4 years ago

    Great read. Didn’t expect the ending, but love it.

  • Thanks David.

    – ian osborne

  • Lawford
    Lawfordover 4 years ago

    What? No alter boys on the yacht?

  • Everything in its rightful place. We’d Roger the cabin boy. ( to steal an old line)

    – ian osborne

  • Solar Zorra
    Solar Zorraover 4 years ago

    Are you sure this is fiction? lol………….great story. :) Solar

  • I’ve just changed the names ;)

    – ian osborne

  • Natella2020
    Natella2020over 4 years ago

    Love how you built the characters, the details are very believable, AND it’s funny. Hahaha! :)What else do we need?

  • Thanks Natella..glad you enjoyed it.

    – ian osborne

  • Cathryn Swanson
    Cathryn Swansonover 4 years ago

    You have a very cool style. :0)

  • Why, thanks Cathryn. That’s very kind!

    – ian osborne

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