That God-Fridge Moment #writephoto

Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt this week 

There was speculation it was another mini Ice Age. Or that the climate change was no longer over-heating the planet but now rapidly cooling it. Some thought it may be a despotic madman who had learnt how to control the weather and soon his demented demands would bring an end to years of relative peace. And yet others said that it was the gods, displeased with the dissolute and destructive behaviours of the human occupants who were expressing their ire in age old ways.


Atlas looked at his wrist sundial and sighed; he needed one of those new -fangled smart chronographs that told the time across seventeen underworlds, created mini catastrophes to amuse while awaiting upon an audience with Zeus and played Siren songs to help him sleep after a long day bewailing and bewitching some moth-eaten civilization.

“Athena, where’s my lunch bag?”

Pallas Athena pulled her head out of the oven and appraised her husband. “Not much though you could do with a bit of time in the gym.”

“What? I asked about my lunch bag?”

“Sorry. I thought you said does your front sag. Try the fridge.”

“Why would I ask about my front? It’s still a classic.”

“Perhaps ‘vintage’ might be closer to the mark.”

“Why is there a planet in the fridge?”

“A plan… Oh goodness. Here, let me.”

The two gods stared at the chilled earth. Athena lit a fire and slowly spun the globe in the flames. “Horace has been working on creating weather effects. He wanted to fix a cold snap for tomorrow and I didn’t have the time, what with Dionysus coming for dinner, to help so I told him to put it in there for thirty minutes. Then the oven went out and I completely forgot”.

Atlas turned the planet round. “They don’t look happy. Still ‘appeasing the populace’ will be a good lesson for him. Makes a change from them trying to appease him.


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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12 Responses to That God-Fridge Moment #writephoto

  1. Great idea, Geoff. I hope you had a very happy birthday this week.

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  2. janmalique says:

    Oh my, so this what they get up to.

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  3. Ritu says:

    So now we know who to blame!

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  4. Since you wrote that story Horace has been up to something else. One half of the planet may well be in the freezer and the other half……… who knows where. He’s somehow or other caused a spring of epic temperatures and a summer forecast that may well cause many of the inhabitants to self-ignite. I’m hopeful you can solve this mystery and come up with a solution. Happy Birthday!!

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  5. Sue Vincent says:

    Horace’s attention span seems a little dodgy…

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