Flying Monkeys #carrotranch #flashfiction

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?’


‘Chinese whispers.’

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

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 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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11 Responses to Flying Monkeys #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Fried monkey…tastes like chicken ??? ☺

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  2. Have had goat, tasted like lamb. Nice with roast spuds, sprouts and mint sauce!

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Flied monkey?
    I have a problem eating anything that shares 99% of my DNA! Yours, too…

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    In linguistics I learned about how we produce sound in our mouths and in Asian language, there is a sound made in between where English speakers pronounce “r” and “l.” Say each letter and pay attention to where your tongue is. Then try to say the sound with your tongue in a mid point between the two and you’ll understand the whole r/l issue. And if all that seems to whacky go eat a goat taco. I love the relationship between Penny and her Dad.

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