What’s Your Passion? #carrotranch #flashfiction

Charli is in a curmudgeonly place this week with her prompt

January 12, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that expresses a strong concern, something to give a crap about. Something that brings out the feeling to stand up. How can you use it to show tension or reveal attitudes?

I’m not sure I’ve quite got across the point I was trying to make here but anyway, here’s my go. For avid readers of Mary, Paul and Penny North’s story, you’ll be pleased to know i’m planning a book covering all the episodes since it started back in 2014. It may also include other flash I’ve written or that might be in a separate volume. Watch this space… And if you want to catch up in advance you can do so here.

Judgement Day

‘What are you doing, Penny?’ Miss Castle stood in the door, looking shocked.

Penny stood by the whiteboard, a felt tip in her hand. On the board the words ‘Bitch’ stood out. ‘I…’

‘Wipe it off and go to Mrs Hind’s office.’


‘How could you, Penny?’ Mary looked furious.

‘I was protecting Nadia. The others made her write it.’

‘Others?’ But Mary knew who Penny meant. She hugged her daughter. ‘Nadia’s new, isn’t she? What did Mrs Hind do?’

‘Detention. It’s worth it.’

‘Well done. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions. Shall we ask Nadia round?’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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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16 Responses to What’s Your Passion? #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head His

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  2. Ha ha Good one. There’s one in every crowd… er…classroom. 😛

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    The joys of school! 😦

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  4. Rachel says:

    This is a good one!

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  5. Annecdotist says:

    Oh, sweet, a gold star for Penny – that girl should go far!

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  6. Detention is definitely worth it. Good on Penny.

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    It comes across crystal-clear! Good for Penny, and for her mum, recognizing the justice in the act.

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  9. Sherri says:

    Love this flash Geoff…the world needs more Penny’s… and her mum… 🙂 You definitely got the point across…

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