What’s in a name? #shortstory #microcosms

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Marigold sat, nervously gripping her bag. The dating agency was her last resort. Sylvia, the woman interviewing her, tried a smile. ‘Don’t be nervous. Just a few questions and I’m sure we’ll fix you up, someone as attractive as you. So name?’

‘Marigold Fagin.’

‘Fagin? As in…’


‘Hmm.’ Sylvia’s frown disturbed her smooth forehead.



Sylvia looked up, relaxing. ‘You’d never guess. Do you work?’

‘Yes. It’s a family business. Working with children, giving them unusual apprenticeship experiences and, er, garden design.’

‘Garden design?’ Sylvia’s forehead re-creased.

‘Fencing. Oh and security.’

She swallowed as she glanced at Marigold, who blushed.

‘Where do you live?’

‘Limehouse. East London. We like the ambience. Well, the fog, mostly.’

‘The fog?’

‘It makes the security easier.’

The beetled brow took on an alarming ridged quality. ‘Oh yes?’

‘They don’t see us coming.’

‘Right.’ Sylvia dabbed the perspiration away. ‘So you’ve had boyfriends I take it?’

‘Oh, yes, they just never stay.’

‘Do they say why?’

‘Generally, they only talk to my brother. After that they tend not to call.’

‘And you don’t think that can be part of the reason?’

‘Kevin’s ever so polite. He just takes an interest. The last one he showered around one of the building sites we secure. He didn’t turn up again, either. Kevin was surprised; he said he thought Grant showed concrete promise. Or was it promise as concrete? I do get muddled.’

Sylvia took a moment to regain her composure. ‘Can I be honest with you, Marigold?’

Marigold looked startled, then affronted. ‘Oh no, I really don’t think so. No that wouldn’t do. What would Kevin say?’


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 two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. 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.
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20 Responses to What’s in a name? #shortstory #microcosms

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh the dreaded older brother!!!!

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    Oh well….. when will she ever learn… lol!

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    In this world one thing counts in the bank large amounts!! Loved it !! as usual !!

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  4. What poor Marigold needs is an older Artful Dodger!

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  5. LOL… Geoff… Only you could manage that story so well. Brilliant. I’m still shaking my head and chuckling. Mega hugs.

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  6. Excellent. And you resisted any reference to The Lavender Hill Mob

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  7. Has your brother seen this? I’m hoping this isn’t BOTS. Where did all those girlfriends go…

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