The After Party #carrotranch #flashfiction

As the lights went up, Mary gathered her things. A woman she didn’t know stopped by her seat.

‘Are you Penny’s Mum? She was excellent.’

‘Thanks. Sorry, have…?’

‘Millie’s Mum. Amelia. We lose identity with kids don’t we?’

Mary smiled at this nervy woman. ‘Mary. Penny mentioned a sleepover?’

‘Oh she did? Thank heavens. I wondered. You have an airbed?’

‘Of course. How many…?’

‘Thirteen. Gray thinks me mad.’

Me too, thought Mary.

‘It’s our first since we moved here.  I want it to go well.’

‘Being a parent is just another performance, isn’t it? Only without a script.’

Charli’s prompt this week is

December 7, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write that features a performance. You can interpret what is a performance any way the prompt leads you.

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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 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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21 Responses to The After Party #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Without a script, a manual, or a backup plan. Parenting. Good one, G.

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  2. A very good piece, Geoff.

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  3. Ritu says:

    Love this take His Geoffleship!

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  4. davidprosser says:

    Blimey, a sleepover or the meeting of a coven? I’d hate to be there for breakfast, my bacon is sacred.

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  5. I can barely manage a sleepover with 3 giggling and screaming teenage girls let alone 13!!! Love your take on this, Geoff. 🙂

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  6. Erika Kind says:

    Definitely no script at hands… always improvising, lol! Good story, Geoffle!

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  7. She’s a brave woman to host that sleep over. 😀 Do I hear a part 2 tiptoeing down the lane? Hugs.

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  8. AJ.Dixon says:

    I think we can confirm that Gary is correct in his assessment of a Penny…
    I loved how you revealed so much through the dialogue. Great stuff!

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  9. Charli Mills says:

    Love the point about how we lose identity as parents, and sanity! Early on with the girls, I was a Girl Scout Leader to the Daisies and Brownies, the youngest of the troop. And I once too 13 of what I called my Wild Daisies camping for two nights!

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