Anger Management #flashfiction #carrotranch

July 13, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the emotion of anger. You can express it without naming it, or write a story about it. Challenge yourself to think about how we accept or deny anger. Is there a warning? Is there a resolution? You can write humorously, seriously or ironically about anger.

Faux Pas 

Mary jumped at the sound of broken china followed by incoherent rage. Moments later her husband appeared.

Mary sighed. ‘What’s happened?’ Her mother-in-law was staying and things hadn’t gone well.

‘She’s not used to spicy food, right? Well, it seems last night’s curry caused a bit of an upset stomach.’ Paul paused.

Mary waited, knowing there was more.

‘She had a slight accident and was worried that you might find out and think badly of her. I told her not to be so silly.’

‘What exactly did you say? I’m guessing you’re paraphrasing.’

‘I said ‘shit happens’.’

‘Oh Paul…’

You can catch up here with Mary and her family


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 Anger Management #flashfiction #carrotranch

  1. Haha! Nice one, Paul. (I would have expected that line from Mary…) Poor MIL.

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    😂😂😂 Awesome, Geoffl!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. esthernewton says:

    Brilliant! Couldn’t have phrased it better myself 🙂

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  4. Al Lane says:

    This provided an acceptable level of mirth 🙂

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Ha! It can be shitty growing older and that’s enough to raise the ire.

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  7. Annecdotist says:

    Yay, Mary’s story raises a smile! Loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. jan says:

    My poor husband was at the end of the rope the last few weeks my mother lived here. Good job!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sacha Black says:

    Pahahaha. I like Paul! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Norah says:

    Hahaha! Love it!

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