(in)animation #pictureprompt #shortstory

Jane Doughtery’s picture prompt is thus

ALI142426 Interior with a figure (oil on canvas) by Cecioni, Adriano (1838-66) oil on canvas Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy Alinari Italian, out of copyright

ALI142426 Interior with a figure (oil on canvas) by Cecioni, Adriano (1838-66)
oil on canvas
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
Italian, out of copyright


George Trinkel Frankenstein was not related to the infamous scientist but he held him in such high regard he took his surname for his own. Almost inevitably that meant he became the subject of both ridicule and vitriol in equal measure.  Nothing daunted, however, George continued to try and follow the sketchy notations left by the great doctor and to attempt to bring life back to a cadaver.

His wife, Georgette, of both good birth and serious money loved George for his intelligence, good breeding, lively mind and fascination with all things tantric. Their marriage, while somewhat unconventional, was solid and she both supported and defended him tigerishly.

However, George’s lack of success wore them both down. Finally, she snapped. ‘Why not do something useful,’ she grumbled.

‘Such as?’ He barely looked up from his work bench.

‘You’re the inventor. Make something that might help about the house.’

George stared at his wife. ‘Darling, that may be the wisest thing ever said by a woman.’

After recovering from the deep concussion, George set to with a will. ‘In weeks he had a fully functioning self-regarding mop, a tub and mangle that sought out laundry as might a starving dog a bone and a bath that craved warm water. His fame soared but George wasn’t suited to cheering crowds, talk shows on the back of train carriages and appearing as a guest in musical hall acts. Georgette could see he was failing as he locked himself away in his workshop, refusing both visits and food.

When eventually he appeared he ushered her in. ‘I’m not long for this world, darling so I’ve created this.’ George, with almost his last ounce of energy tugged back the dust sheet to reveal a single bed. ‘Meet Divan the Divine. Divan is an animated love nest. If you slip under the counterpane you will find that Divan will remind you of our happiest hours, slowly making love to you as the sun sinks in the west.’

Georgette fell to her knees. ‘But George, darling, that is beautiful, but it will not be the same if we do not climax as one.’

George motioned towards the bed. ‘See.’ Georgette looked to where her nearly expired husband pointed, at the bed frame. ‘I think you’ll find Divan will show his enjoyment just as must as I would have done, dearest. Now I must go and leave you to the delights of my creation.’

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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34 Responses to (in)animation #pictureprompt #shortstory

  1. Ritu says:

    Seriously Geoffles!!!! 😂😂😂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. ellenbest24 says:

    What a phantasmagorical wondrous invention one that could have been made by Carlsberg. ( No preference for such a brand was intended and the name maybe substituted if you so wish)
    A great take on the prompt it was both original and amusing. Nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m having trouble finding the right words. ☺☺☺

    Liked by 1 person

  4. gordon759 says:

    Seriously Weird

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Great read, the language captured that old timey era perfectly. Lol at all things tantric.

    Loads of enjoyable nuggets and surprise, I think Georgette will find she is not wanton when he dies.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Michael says:

    Isn’t amazing what a good concussion can activate within your brain. Great story Geoff, loved it…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. noelleg44 says:

    Seriously clever and truly weird. I could use one of those beds – do you know where I can find one on the internet! Great job, Geoff!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Charli Mills says:

    What I think I love best is that you stumped your brother! He had nothing to add, like that was created once before… You have a deep and playful and skewed mind!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. trifflepudling says:

    Blimey! Please leave your brain to medical science when you go!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. This was beautiful. I was smiling through my tears. I had no idea you had such a talent for Women’s Fiction. Bravo, Geoff. I hope you’re keeping the mop and the bed apart for the sake of the children.

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