Spawn of Satan #shortstory #microcosms

There’s a flash fiction weekly competition which, oddly, I have won. You are given a character a setting and a genre with a word limit. This is my winning entry for Microcosms

300 words
horror, midwife, fortieth birthday

With heavy heart Mildred knocked. The party sounds surprised her, but she plastered on a professional smile when Ned Joy threw open the door. ‘Milly. Thank God.’

‘How are they?’

Ned’s face managed to convey excitement, anxiety and bemusement.

‘I’d better see them. Upstairs?’

‘The basement.’

‘The basement?’

Ned didn’t reply. He led the way past an open door where people wearing fox masks danced while a topless man beat a large drum.

‘Whose party?’

‘The twins will come of age tomorrow. 21 each. We’re celebrating their end of aggregate fortieth.’

Mildred looked surprised. ‘You’re having a party while they give birth?’

Need shrugged. ‘It’s one of his funny ways.’


‘You’ll see.’ Ned pointed at the basement and left Mildred.

Mildred stepped inside. ‘Halloooo’.

The reply was deep and sonorous. ‘HELL AWAITS YOU.’

‘It will, young man if you don’t stop this nonsense. Are you one of the fathers?’ When Mildred met the twins their claim to have conceived at the same time surprised her. When they said it was the same father she thought them delusional. She wasn’t surprised when he never showed at antenatal classes.


We have a right one here, she thought. As she descended the steps – there were more than she imagined – the temperature rose and the smell of burning and sulphur grew. She turned a corner and stopped. It was Hell. The two twins writhed while an extraordinary looking character, like Lucifer, stood over them. Even at a distance Mildred could see they were both on the verge of giving birth. Mildred – who had helped two winners of Big Brother and one TOWIE star give birth – wasn’t going to be fazed by a Devil; she held his gaze. ‘Well clearly we’re not short of hot water so how about you find some towels?’

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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24 Responses to Spawn of Satan #shortstory #microcosms

  1. tlryder says:

    Oh, well done! I can see why this won the contest. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Miriam says:

    Wow, that’s some story, what an imagination. Congrats to you on winning. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ritu says:

    Oh my Geoffles! Your imagination!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. M. L. Kappa says:

    Ooh, you are twisted! Definitely deserved to win!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Mick Canning says:

    Sorry Geoff, I can’t resist it: that is a midwife crisis!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Mary Smith says:

    Loved it. Enjoyed the line about her not being surprised he didn’t show up at antenatal classes. Definitely a winning story.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Brilliant. That you won, that I could visualise the whole thing, like a movie, and that her name is Mildred.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Al Lane says:

    Given your earlier reluctance to accept a compliment from me, I will only say that I found this story tolerable, and leave you to interpret my true feelings 😛

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Horror comedy at its best, Geoff. I can’t get the image of the topless man banging a drum out of my head.


  10. Sacha Black says:

    Honestly can’t believe you were ever a lawyer! Bravo superb win. Your brain! 😂 Love it

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Helen Jones says:

    Oh, I just saw this – congratulations on your win, Geoff! And your verdant imagination 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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