I’m a bit pressed for time today. I’m off walking with a few friends for a couple of days in Sussex, it’s father’s day herein the UK and my lovely children cooked me a large leisurely brunch and life has sort of taken over.

But before I disappear, not sure what connectivity I will have that might curtail blogging, I need to sort out Charli’s weekly prompt.

This week it is:

June 17, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that involves a children’s game or rhyme. You can create something new or go with something traditional. You can write with a twist, humor, menace or glee. Hop, skip or jump wherever the prompt leads you.

Now usually a prompt like this would open up a  veritable an of worms around games and rhymes but I have to be disciplined. I will thus go straight to my story, inevitably Mary North, recovering from an allergic reaction while very pregnant and worried about the recent disclosures of her father’s infidelity.

A book of memories

 ‘Seen this?’ Mary held up a battered book.

Paul took it, reading the title. ‘Nursery rhymes and children’s games. This yours?’

‘I remember dad reading from it, even after I was too old. He just loved making silly voices.’

‘You’ll be able to do the same for our baby.’

‘I wonder what he was thinking, when he read to me? About my twin?’

Paul opened the front cover, squinting at the faded writing. ‘To Mary and Sharon. Much love Gloria.’

Mary grabbed it from him. ‘I don’t remember this.’ She met Paul’s gaze.

‘Your imaginary friend?’

‘Or my twin?’


If you want to catch up on this story, please click here.

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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7 Responses to Playtime

  1. mj6969 says:

    Interesting way to conclude – of course, I presume this is a ‘serial’ of sorts – but well written and fascinating. Great use of dialogue 🙂

    Hope you enjoy your trip and have a wonderful time of it! Cheers 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Scary Mary! Have a great time in Sussex.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Have a wonderful walk and soak up the sights and sunshine. Neat twist for Mary as more clues unfold!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Norah says:

    Happy Fathers’ Day. Good to hear your young ones are spoiling you. Enjoy the walk!
    Great flash. Interesting that Mary hadn’t noticed the imprint before. Or could Paul be teasing? I know a certain Mr Le Pard who would! 🙂

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  5. Annecdotist says:

    Ah, great flash and good to see you being a bit more gentle on Mary this time, wonder where this will lead. I hope you enjoy your walk and don’t have too much in the way of withdrawal symptoms from blogging!

    Liked by 2 people

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