Swan’s Ahoy #writephoto #shortstory

Sue Voincent’s #writephoto prompt this week is this


Problem Solving

 ‘Is that a real swan?’


The two men watched as the bird circled slowly and headed for the bank on the far side of the lake.

‘And it’s gold.’

‘You can see for yourself.’

‘Well yes, it’s colour is gold but is it…?’

‘Yep, solid 22 carat gold.’

‘How come it’s floating?’

‘Is that the most obvious question?’

‘Well, okay how come it’s alive and it’s floating.’

‘Buoyant gold wasn’t too tricky in the end. Just had to suck out a few of the weighty bits. I think we’ll have lighter than air gold soon so the sparrows can return.’

‘Okay, but the living bit. If it’s all gold how can it also be alive?’

‘Beats me.’

‘Didn’t you do it? You’re the chief scientist.’

‘I’d like to claim it was all my handiwork but it just lived. The King gave it a pat, after I’d injected him with the buoyance formula, and the bird lived. Even the water’s changed this time and stayed liquid. A bit syrupy but definitely not molten, more aqueous. No idea why.’

‘But that’s great.’

‘Is it? If he thinks we’re all safe, he’ll not wear the gloves, will he? He’ll be touching all sorts again. We need to watch what happens first. See if the bird survives.’

‘I suppose.’

‘And Chamberlain, you need to keep this very quiet.’

‘From His Majesty, of course.’

‘No, everyone.’

‘But the cabinet? His family? Surely I can hint we are making progress?’

‘Think about it. If you go around saying we might have a cure for the King and we’ve invented a swan that lays golden eggs… it’ll be chaos.’

The swan climbed onto its golden nest and settled down. The Royal Apothecary and His Majesty’s Chamberlain turned for the bar. Nothing was ever easy in Phrygian.

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 three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. 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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15 Responses to Swan’s Ahoy #writephoto #shortstory

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Very nice. Poor old Midas… a wish come true and it is not all it is cracked up to be. Though the eggs sound interesting 😉

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  2. Ritu says:

    Lol! I love this!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Yes love this Geoff, a great twist on the Midas story! 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nice “touch” on the Midas tale. Great story!

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  5. Goldfinger comes to mind

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  6. Nice one. Yes, I’m with Sue… a few shells even.

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  7. Pingback: Photo prompt round up – Swan #writephoto | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  8. Pamela Morse says:

    Midas is both a hoarder and a king…his poverty is of his own making…how cool to use this reference.

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  9. macjam47 says:

    Loved this! Always wondered about the goose and the golden egg, now you’ve given us something else to think about.

    Liked by 1 person

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