kiss of death

It must be the sunny weather but I ‘won’ another flash prompt. Won is a bit of a misnomer since any one of the 27 stories could have won. But it is gratifying when something you write is independently chosen.

This was for Microbookends, run by David Borrowdale. This week the prompt, as usual was in two parts. The first and last words. DOUBLE and ACT. And a picture.


You have between 90 and 110 words to craft a story and this is what I came up with.

Kiss of Death
Double vision, nausea, bone snapping pain.
They stack us up, serried ranks of decrepit bodies, left to corrupt.
You see it in their eyes. Once we were unique, individual. Now, in the throes of death we are ubiquitous, homogenised by decay and depersonalised by disease.
If you didn’t know they had abandoned you before, the perfunctory response to any request screams the truth. Yet even knowing their disgust, you still crave the careless spray of their spittle to moisten parched lips.
The irony isn’t lost on any of us for it was the self-same sharing of fluids that brought us here. Death determined by such a simple act.

If you would like to give it a try please do. It really is great fun and very enlightening. I’ve learnt a lot.


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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15 Responses to kiss of death

  1. willowdot21 says:

    This is sad and painful.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mark says:

    Very well done

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Congrats, Geoff. And, of course, wonderful flash.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. To quote Dan Maskell: “Oh, I say!”

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  5. Yvonne says:

    Congrats on your win!

    Liked by 1 person

    • TanGental says:

      Thanks everso; and thanks for reading. Are you still blogging a bit? Just wondering if you are and if so whereabouts because I’ve not seen much recently and I know you said you might take a break.


  6. Charli Mills says:

    Good job! Your words are on a roll!

    Liked by 1 person

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