trumpet voluntary

I suppose a little puffery does no one any harm every now and again. I’ve been trying Micro-bookends for a few weeks and, this time, managed a second place (first was stormed by Deb Foy whose power of imagery in few words is unsurpassed – have a peek at her blog here, fellow flashistes and learn a thing or two). The bookends were SWEET and TOOTH, and the picture prompt this week was Anna Pavlova in a garden, dancing. We are allowed between 90 and 110 words . Do check out the site and the prompts and have a go. It is a great way to hone your art. This was my story

Crossed wire

 108 words

‘Sweet pea scent teases rather than assaults the senses.’
Is there anything grosser than your own dad coming on to your girlfriend? He thinks he’s in control, see.
I haven’t always hated him but since Mum selfishly decided to die, hate is barely an adequate word. Why do I visit? Money, doh.
Now it’s the fecundity of his dahlias.
He thinks he can cut my allowance.
‘Dad. Show her your begonias.’
One step, two steps and… The rake tips, the wire twangs across his neck. Shame Amy’s such a mess; she’ll need more than a good wash. At least the garrotting is as a clean as a hound’s tooth.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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18 Responses to trumpet voluntary

  1. willowdot21 says:


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  2. Gah! O_o

    Congratulations on your win! Great flash.

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  3. alienorajt says:

    Oooh, love it, Geoff: Stylish, funny and gruesome – great combination!

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  4. Amber says:

    That was twisted AND funny! Congrats on the win!

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  5. Norah says:

    How revolting! Poor Amy. Maybe she won’t recover. Will the protagonist’s evil plot be discovered? Find out in the next fiendish installment!
    Congratulations and great work! 🙂

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  6. Foy says:

    Somehow I had missed reading yours the day of… this is incredible! Sharp, bitter, and compliments the reader by leaving much to the imagination. Congratulations!!

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  7. Annecdotist says:

    Congratulations, to have to say, for such a gentleman you do have a somewhat dark side.

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  8. Charli Mills says:

    A dark dance! Thanks for introducing us to more flash fiction fun!

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