Regulation 14/234 of 96 #microfiction

Jane Doughtery this week prompts with this

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‘Isiah, I think it’s him.’

Isiah put down his mattock and peered at the river. ‘Oh, bloody hell, what now?’

Jezebel wiped her hands. ‘Well I’ll put the cauldron on and you go and see what he wants.’

Isiah stood on the dock as the tall figure approached, his boat barely making a ripple on the water. When he was a few feet away Isiah raised his hand. ‘That’s near enough. What do you want?’

The tall figure ignored the younger man and nimbly hopped onto the landing stage. ‘You’ve been hard at it. Anyone would think you’re in a bit of a rush.’

Isiah looked up at the monumental structure that loomed over their heads. ‘Well the dead won’t wait and now we’ve voted to leave the underworld we’ll need more halfway stations to sift applicants.’

The tall figure nodded. ‘But this? You know the Boss isn’t big on brutalism. He’s still more rococo than rock face when it comes to entrances.’ The tall figure turned to Isiah, his face lighting up with an inner peace. ‘I’ve brought this. He’s even signed it. You have two purgatories to demolish these border controls to the Hereafter or…’ He held out a scroll.

‘Or what?’

The inner peace flickered slightly but held. ‘Do we have to go there? You know the vote was advisory only so this is rather jumping the gun…’

‘Even He can’t ignore the will of the people.’

The tall figure laughed. ‘You kidding me? Since when do deities listen to the will of the people?’

‘That’s it, isn’t it? It’s all about unelected elites making decisions for us like we can’t think for ourselves.’

The tall figure stepped back onto his boat. ‘Do yourself a favour and knock it down. Tell Jezebel I can’t stay and I’ll see her at choir practice. I have to dash. There’s a bit of a crisis with some young men saying they were promised virgins when it clearly states they are to get virginals instead of harps. I just wished He’d standardised the fonts we use then these sorts of mistake wouldn’t occur.’

 

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.
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18 Responses to Regulation 14/234 of 96 #microfiction

  1. No Autocorrect in the Hereafter ?? Good stuff. ☺

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  2. 😀 😀 😛 😛
    Disappointing, isn’t it? No re-dos?

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  3. jan says:

    That does sound like a typo-induced crisis – haha!

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  4. Your vision of the afterlife sounds like more laughs than the standard one 🙂

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  5. So clever!! There could be a book written from this one little picture!!

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  6. You’re mad: completely mad, but I like you. Oh, the disappointment with those flowers arrived!

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  7. Rowena says:

    Great work, Geoff! I much also commend Jane’s choice of image. It offers a lot of scope and is quite intriguing.
    xx Ro

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  9. merrildsmith says:

    Good story. *virginals! 🙂

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