A desert is not always deserted #prompt #shortstory #flashfiction

Charli Mills is in the desert this week. Such inhospitable places can be arid or icy but tough to survive. They can be physical as well as emotional. But they can contain surprising examples of resilient life and breathtaking beauty, if only the mind is receptive.

July 20, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a surprise from a desert. You can interpret desert in any way — an arid body of land, an icy wasteland, a relationship void of humanity; shelves with no books. Once you have that spark, write a surprise twist — an un-burned book in the back of seized shelves or a disco in the arctic.

This week it is Mary’s daughter Penny learning a lesson

Just desserts

‘What did you mean, Penny? ‘She was lost in the dessert.’

‘I meant desert, Miss Layton.’

Penny’s teacher laughed. ‘So your character isn’t lost in a pudding then?’

Penny felt her face burn. She hated English, hated her teacher, hated school. She could feel everyone staring at her, either laughing with the teacher or grateful it wasn’t them being picked on. She had never felt so alone or lost. Like her character, in a desert: alone with no hope.

‘C’mon Penny, let’s get a hot chocolate fudge. Forget about the old bag.’

Penny smiled at Amla. She wasn’t alone.

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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 geofflepard.com 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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10 Responses to A desert is not always deserted #prompt #shortstory #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    Poor Penny!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Al Lane says:

    Some of the happiest times of my life have been when I’ve been lost in a dessert 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  3. AJ.Dixon says:

    Great little story! I think you’ve captured Penny’s embarrassment very well in so few words.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Norah says:

    Great work, Geoff. I wish I’d thought of it! I’m pleased Penny has an understanding friend. Not happy about the mean teacher though.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jan says:

    I’d rather be lost in the dessert than the desert!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Charli Mills says:

    Those soul-crushing homonym-loving grammarians! I had to make up ways to remember such differences and even to day I often make up my own pronunciations. At least Penny is not alone.

    Liked by 1 person

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  8. trifflepudling says:

    Nice bit of international friendship there too.

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