Charli Mills prompt this week is
November 2, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using flying monkeys as a device or phrase. As a phrase it can be something like, “When monkeys fly over Grandma’s tea party.” As a device, you can use flying monkeys as characters (a circus act, astronaut companions, zoo critters). Think of what they are doing and why. How can flying monkeys inspire you this week?
I thought I’d just put out my little flash piece. Here Penny has been asked to read the local newspaper and pick out a story for her homework.
Reading between the lines
Penny read from the paper. ‘Local man, Sam Dobbs was found guilty of threatening Chin Lo. Dobbs claimed Lo was cooking monkeys but Magistrates found Lo had said ‘Try a flying monkey’, a new cocktail and not, as alleged ‘Try a frying monkey.’ She looked at her father. ‘That’s so funny.’
‘I’m not sure Mr Lo would find it funny being threatened.’
Penny looked upset. ‘No. I didn’t think.’
Paul kissed his daughter. ‘It’s written for laughs. Not your fault. Do you know what such misunderstandings are called?’
Penny frowned. ‘Isn’t that racist?’
Paul laughed. ‘Touché.’
The story of Paul, his wife Mary and their daughters Penny and Charlotte can be followed here