Porch Lore #carrotranch #flashfiction

‘Where were you just now?’


‘You were miles away.’

‘I feel I’ve been gone ages.’

‘You had that thousand-mile stare.’

‘Dad was like that. He’d sit on his rocker and disappear somewhere. I used to think how important it must be.’

‘Life, the Universe…’

Mary laughed. ‘And everything. Something like that. I thought if he was that far away it had to be really big.’

‘And you? What were your big thoughts?’

‘Me? I wasn’t thinking about anything, not really. Just an empty head.’

‘I guess sometimes they’re the most profound moments.’

‘I miss him, Paul.’

‘I know.’

This is part of the continuing saga of Mary North; she’s been away for a while, thinking thoughts…

and as usual it is prompted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch

November 2, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story a chair on a porch. Why is it there, and what might it mean? Think about using it as a prop or the main thrust of your story.

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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22 Responses to Porch Lore #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. ellenbest24 says:

    Nice bit of thunking going on on that porch.😊

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  2. Ritu says:

    Good one His Geoffleship !

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  3. Erika Kind says:

    I love this, Geoffle. It has become a luxury to just sit and think of nothing. But I treasure those moments even more. Thank you for leading me there again.

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  4. That seems a pleasantly poignant repast on a porch. The dialogue is done to perfection.

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  5. Lovely one Geoff. Sweet, and thoughtful. 🙂

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  6. Excellent, Geoff. I nice idea to turn the prompts into a series.

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  7. Nice. Mum does that. Dad died 30 years ago

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  8. Annecdotist says:

    Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits. 😉

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  10. Norah says:

    Anywhere and nowhere. It’s hard to retrieve those thoughts once they’re disturbed. Nicely done.

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