BIKINI By Barry O’Farrell

Earl is looking refreshed and tanned after his holiday.

“Hey Earl, how would you describe the skimpiest bikini you saw on the beaches in Australia?”

“Two Band-Aids and a cork.”

I chuckle and shake my head in disbelief. “Uhm…well, technically, that’s a three piece swimsuit I guess. Was she pretty?”


“The girl in the bikini.”

“Dunno. Didn’t think to check out her face.”



“The girl in the bikini. Did you take a photo?”


“Everything has got to be the hard way with you, doesn’t it?”

“The hard way can be good.”

“Oh yeah, give me any three examples.”

“Well,” Earl paused to have a little think. “In Craps, Six the Hard Way and Eight the Hard Way both pay big odds. There’s two.”

“That doesn’t count!”

“And my brother.”

I have no idea what his brother has to do with this conversation. “Your brother, you say.”

“Yep, he’s fine now, normal.”

“And his problem?”

“He recently discovered he’s not gay.”


“The hard way.”

Barry O’Farrell (@BarryO_Tweet) is an Australian actor who sometimes writes.

Barry’s stories have appeared in Cyclamens & Swords, The Flash Fiction Press, A Story In 100 Words, 101 Words, 50 Word Stories, Writers Grapevine and of course here at The Dirty Pool.

One of Barry’s short stories will appear in FUTUREVISION, the forthcoming anthology of great Australian sci-fi stories.