Penny for ‘im, mister #pictureprompt #microfiction

Jane’s prompt is this week


‘Blimey George, you’ve excelled yourself this year. I thought, you know, you’d maybe give it a miss?’ Tina glanced sidelong at her brother, wondering at his mood.

George rubbed his eyes, tiredness showing through. He managed a smile. ‘Couldn’t miss Guy Fawkes night, could I sis? Haven’t done so yet, have I?’

Tina stood and touched his hand, noticing the slight shaking. ‘Remember the Guy you made when Dad had that rant about Blair? ‘We don’t burn effigies in England, boy’.’ Tina mimicked their late father perfectly.

George nodded. ‘I was never sure if he was serious.’

‘Mum told him not to be so stupid, remember. ‘What do you think a model of Guy Fawkes is if it’s not an effigy’. Right, shall we get him onto the bonfire. Goodness, he’s a weight.’

‘I’ve filled him with firecrackers and some other fun stuff. Helped bulk him out. Maybe Ron and my hunky nephew can help?’

As the three men eased the figurine onto the stack of wood, Tina said to George, ‘So things better? You and Maggie ok?’

George pursed his lips. ‘I think we both realised we’d come to the end, you know. Time to move on.’

Tina smiled and hugged her brother. ‘You’re well shot of her. You know what I think. At least she’s not going to be moping about here, casting a downer on everything.’

George smiled as he took out his lighter. ‘Oh I think for once she’ll light up the whole occasion.’ As he sparked a flame and reached forward he looked around at his family’s happy faces. ‘Ok?’


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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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21 Responses to Penny for ‘im, mister #pictureprompt #microfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    Uh oh! She will indeed light up the night!

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  2. Original. I’ll give him that. Just hope the smell doesn’t get into the jacket potatoes…

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  3. Oh Lordy – this gives new weight to ‘going out with a bang’!!


  4. Yeah, I saw that one coming a tad late. Nice one!

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  5. Oh dear. Oh dear. That’s what I said when I got to the end of things…!!!

    I love this story. Just great.

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  6. Michael says:

    Why did I think the end was coming with that comment about his ex…send hr off in a blaze of fire…..great take on this image…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Allie P. says:

    I got to the end and had to go – no, he couldn’t possibly be implying – then read it all over again – oh my yes he is! – mischief night indeed.

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  8. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Reminded me of the Roald Dahl one with the leg of lamb…😊

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  9. Bun Karyudo says:

    Goodness! If I’ve read this right, it’s rather dark, despite all the firecrackers. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Mick Canning says:

    Oh, you are a dark fellow, Geoff.

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  11. I had an idea Maggie could be joining Guy. Maggie Fawkes sounds rather nice, don’t you think? 😀

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