Going Underground #writephoto #shortstory

Sue Vincent’s prompt picture this week is this…


The Grand Design’s maestro strode along the riverbank, his production assistant trailing in his wake. ‘We really need to do this?’
She nodded, not that he saw. ‘The test audience reaction to the idea was 62 percent positive, 15 percent indifferent and…’
‘Yes, yes I know the numbers.’
‘It meets the channels’ diversity targets by over 71 percent, is 59 percent inclusive and rates at four and two eighths stars on the cuddlometer.’
He stopped and glared at her. ‘You made that up?’
She grinned. ‘It’ll work. Believe me, it ticks all the boxes…’
‘Including ticking me off,’ he growled.
‘Come on Big K,’ she knew flattering him with his little used nickname would help her cause, ‘the ratings aren’t exactly booming.’
He nodded. ‘Suppose. So where are they, these ‘innovative riverbank developers’.’
‘By the tea stall. The tall one is their spokesperson. He’s a bit pompous but heart’s in the right place. The black guy in glasses, as you can see he’s a bit skittish but he’s TV gold. He’s sure to say something outrageous,’ she dropped her voice, ‘he’s been in prison but he escaped apparently. Full of ideas but has to be reined in. That’s where the third one comes in. Absolute darling even if first impressions tend to creep you out a little…’
‘The tail?’
‘Yes, that and the beady eyes.’
‘Ok let’s do this. Good morning gentlemen. You must be Mr Badger. And Mr Rat and…’
‘Call me Moley! This is fantastic. You’ll love this. A riverbank home for the discerning mammal. Warm, well lit and with underwater views to die for.’

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.
This entry was posted in #writephoto, flash fiction, miscellany, prompt and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

25 Responses to Going Underground #writephoto #shortstory

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    No Toad? 😉 Or would that be the producer…

    Liked by 2 people

  2. willowdot21 says:

    What is the difference between a Weasel and a Stoat.??


  3. davidprosser says:

    Fantastic Geoff, 100% unexpected.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Ritu says:

    Love it His Geoffleship!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Pingback: Going Underground by Geoff Le Pard #writephoto #shortstory | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo

  6. Mr. Toad has got to be hiding nearby 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Rowena says:

    Great twist, Geoff.
    BTW, I wanted to let you know that I ran into a bunch of Tibetan monks fully robed at our beach yesterday. We live in a men are men and the rest can get out of town sort of place in many ways so it was great to see them here. I had my zoom lens with me and was soon chatting with their Australian manager and mentioned 1000 Speak with her and gave her my email to follow up about it.
    Anyway, I’ve written two posts about their visit, which I thought would interest you: here’s the most recent: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/gyuto-monks-of-tibet-in-australia/
    I think you’ll find the quote from pro surfer Nick Carroll very interesting. I read it awhile back and it stuck with me.
    Hope you’ve had a great week and have a good weekend ahead. We have Jimmy Barnes from Cold Chisel coming to our local indy bookshop on Saturday. Apparently, they’re trying to get 200 people through it two hours and we’ll only get a signature and a quick photo. Hope the long lens and good camera work for me and get me a few more seconds to get a good shot for the blog.
    xx Ro

    Liked by 1 person

    • TanGental says:

      Hi Ro. Yes I read the first instalment and how you sometimes see things better through the lens. Monks surfing are up there with footballers knitting and glee clubs drystone walling.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rowena says:

        Whenever I think about being compassionate, I think of you and Lizzie and Yvonne in particular. We might be scattered around the world, but I really feel we’re all a team and it gives me added strength to speak out, which I’ve had to do a bit recently.
        By the way, my 86 year old English neighbour was telling me stories of repairing houses which had been damaged during the war and how they over-estimated tiles for the roof and filled in the gaps with tin and some mix involving blue asbestos. There was a sliding scale for the extras they sold on the black market. Even the boss was in on it. I thought you’d get a few background stories for your writing, although you might have already heard these stories living in the UK and perhaps grew up with them but it’s new to me. He also told me about a bomb landing in the street when he was about 13. My grandfather was a great storyteller and Brian reminds me of him. So sweet!
        xx Ro

        Liked by 1 person

      • TanGental says:

        Those storied are great. My grandmother owned three bomb damaged houses on which a surveyor ripped her off claiming war reparations for himself. She loathed all surveyors after that. Maybe when I visit I’ll meet Brian!!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Rowena says:

        You might need to hurry. He and his wife seem to be held together by safety pins but they walk down to the shops everyday, mainly to run into people. They get quite lonely at home. I keep meaning to pop around so I’m glad we were able to help them out yesterday when Geoff found them on the train returning from hospital after she’d had a fall.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Pingback: Photo prompt round-up – Lights #writephoto | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo

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 )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google 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 )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.