Clash of Egos #microfiction #shortstory

Another prompt, this one from Jane Doughtery using this pictureJane D rainbow ‘Clouds? Are you ready for the Parting?’

‘Yes, St P.’

Saint Peter checked the three screens. Looking good, he thought. ‘Sun-Dazzle, ready to flood with Ethereal Splendour after the Parting of the Clouds? Big J wants Exceptional Awesomeness today.’

‘Er, St P. While we’re ready I’m not sure we should go yet.’

‘Big J is out of make up in 5. He’ll want to go at once.’

‘But, St P, he won’t be happy.’

‘Course he’ll be happy. Massive Cloud Parting, full Bicentennial Dazzle, a 4G Rainbow, tumultuous crowds, glowing upturned faces…’

‘That’s the trouble. No crowds.’

‘No crowds? You’re kidding? Jehovah makes a special appearance to bring comfort to Nations and someone’s forgotten the crowds?’ Saint Peter looked at the left-hand screen; Jehovah was having his hair dried into a tsunami of grey waves, his final preparation. He had no more than three minutes. ‘Ok, ok. What can we do? Can we shift the Parting? Is there anywhere we can go with a decent crowd of gullible people prepared for a big appearance?’

‘Well, there’s one spot, but I’m not sure I should suggest this…’ The Director of Partings tapped nervously on his teeth. ‘Big J might not like it.’

Saint Peter growled into his microphone. ‘If you want to avoid pushing snowflakes out of a dumpster for the next 1000 years, matey-boy, you’ll set this up NOW.’

‘Don’t you want to know where?’

‘He needs crowds, and he needs them NOW.’ Saint Peter paused. ‘You really are worried, aren’t you?’

‘It’s just, well, Big J likes to be the centre of attention right? The Man?’

‘Course – no one out egos the Boss.’ The silence had an unnerving profundity. ‘Come on, spit it out. Where are these crowds?’

‘The Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Sure they are gullible, no crowd has ever been more so; it’s just I’m not sure who’s got the biggest ego.’

Saint Peter took a deep breath. He picked up the Golden Phone. ‘Boss? I think we need to talk postponement.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. 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.
This entry was posted in miscellany, prompt, short story and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

23 Responses to Clash of Egos #microfiction #shortstory

  1. Ritu says:

    This was brilliant Geoffles!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Well done, Geoff. ☺

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Personally, I loved it. But I think you can go to prison for writing stuff like that. Then when you die, the other one will get you…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Susanne says:

    “The Golden Phone” – Lordy, that just shines,a does this whole story!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Cleverly woven between two seemingly unconnected events/things/people/megolomaniacs.
    Loved the feel of the TV set, and the egos clashing.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. LearaWrites says:

    Fantastically blasphemous! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Norah says:

    Very funny! It would be even more so if the truth of it wasn’t so ridiculous. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  8. jan says:

    Haha – Jehovah tsunami of grey waves – what an image.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Pingback: Microfiction challenge Rainbow: the entries – Jane Dougherty Writes

If you would like to reply please do so here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s