The Lonely Hearth #writephoto #flashfiction

This week’s #writephoto picture prompt is this

‘You started a fire, then, Didi?’

‘What? Yes, I did. He said to get right on to it. He was really insistent.’

‘He’s made it, has he? About bloody time. I’m starving. What did he bring? He said he’d bring food.’

‘Did he?’

‘No, you’re Didi, I’m…’

‘I said Did… he… Moron.’

‘I’m not a moron. I just want to know…’

‘Eggs. He brought eggs.’

‘How many? Enough for all of us.’

‘He was in a strange mood.’

‘You going to boil them? You want me to get a pan of water?’

‘They’re in there.’

‘In the fire? You don’t roast eggs.’

‘These are special. Phoenix eggs.’

‘Phoenix eggs? You sure?’

‘Course He said so. Said they’d be good for us.’

‘Did he say put them in the fire?’

‘Noooo but that’s what they do, ain’t it? Live in fires. I thought that, you know, would be the thing to do. He said he’d be 20 minutes and we must wait. He wants us to eat together.’

‘What did he say? Exactly?’

‘He gave me the box, said to get a fire going and he’d be back in 20.’

‘About them being Phoenix eggs.’

“Phoenix eggs’ll do for you good and proper.’

‘Phoenix eggs… You are a moron. That bloody man is always slurring his words. I bet he said, ‘If he nicks the eggs I’ll do for you good and proper.’

‘I shouldn’t have put them in the fire, you mean?’

‘If we don’t get them out of there sharpish we’ll both regret the day Godot finally made it back.’


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 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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22 Responses to The Lonely Hearth #writephoto #flashfiction

  1. I always hoped he’d eventually arrive, but not like this……..

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  2. Godot will be bringing the fork ‘andles I take it?

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  3. Michael says:

    I’m awaiting Godot too…let me know when he turns up and why he left us waiting so long..

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  4. Made me smile. Good one.

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    Indeed never got the original, I must be thick, uncultured but at least I am honest 🤐

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  6. Excellent Geoff, very unexpected response to the photograph.

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  8. Very fun. The banter is awesome. 🙂

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  9. James says:

    As I was reading this I thought it was very reminiscent of Beckett without realising at all the direction it was heading in (although to be fair ‘Didi’ was a clue…) I’m glad Godot finally made it back and I look forward to the sequel being murdered by amateur dramatic groups up and down the country…

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