Smile and the world smiles with you #flashfiction #shortstory

Charli Mills, who is having a hard old time of things just now wants us to change the world with a smile. Here’s her prompt

May 24, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that changes with a smile. It can be a character, tone, setting or any creative use of smile. You can go deep and consider motive and influence, or you can light up the world with a brilliant flash (of teeth as well as fiction). And smile, because your writing matters and is not hostage to your level, experience or circumstances.

I’m an optimist, a meliorist and one of the Smiley People. There are too many people who enjoy sucking the juice out of life with a moan and a grumble and a whinge and a rant. Sure, we all do it and we have every right to but, for me, I want to spend my days with people who still look for humour in horror, for fun in the fearful, laughter in the lethargic and happiness where hopelessness pervades.

This sums it up for me


And Mary? Well this week it’s her nearly teenage daughter Penny, who learns a lesson.

Hope wrapped in a smile

Penny hesitated before pushing the doorbell. She heard the clip-clop of heels as someone approached the door. ‘Yes?’

‘Is Helen in?’

The woman frowned. ‘Who are you?’

‘Penny. She’s in…’

‘Are you one of the girls who did this?’


‘Who is it Mum.’

‘Someone called Penny. She says…’

A girl similar to Penny stepped into the gloom. Penny squinted into the dark, wondering at the reception she would receive. She heard a sob and hurried forward to hold her friend. Over Helen’s shoulder she saw Helen’s mother. She smiled and Penny smiled back. Maybe it would be alright.

If you want to know more about Mary and the North family, 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 three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. 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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9 Responses to Smile and the world smiles with you #flashfiction #shortstory

  1. Ritu says:

    Sometimes a smile and hug is all you need 😊

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  2. Delightful. “Maybe it would be alright.” 🙂 🙂

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  3. What happened?! One of the girls who did what? I missed one of these… Lovely ending, though. And I agree with you about trying to find the humor in difficult situations. It’s not always easy but we do what we can. 🙂


  4. A smile can really work some magic 🙂

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  5. I hope it all works out for Charli!

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  6. Norah says:

    You do give us much to smile about, Mr LePard, and I am grateful for your meliorism and humour. We need those smiles to brighten our days. Looks like Penny is giving brave support to someone who’s been badly treated. I’m sure she’ll help her friend mend and be alright. Lovely story portraying your optimism. Thanks. 🙂

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