The Edge of the Mind

January 25, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that goes to the edge. Consider what the edge might be and how it informs the story. Go where the prompt leads.

This is the latest Carrot Ranch prompt 

Morgan threw down his cup. ‘Effing Nora, Logan.’
Logan’s eyebrows snapped up. ‘What?’
Morgan didn’t know where to start. How could he? Why would he?
It was like someone – something – had taken him over. He looked at his hand, knuckles draining, fingers curling. He saw a future: arm pulled back, surprise followed by fear then anger, a punch, a crunch, blood, noise, mayhem. He felt the impact, the way his hand was absorbed before the jolt of bone. Pain, different types of pain. Like an inevitable train wreck.
‘Sorry.’
The edge of his rage disappeared and he sat. ‘Man.’

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 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 The Edge of the Mind

  1. Vivid, Geoff! Well done. Hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Erika Kind says:

    Wow! Yes, I agree with Ritu, great take, Mr. Geoff!

    Like

  3. Susanne says:

    Good lord! I felt the rage. Very tense.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charli Mills says:

    That was a train wreck of rage expressed in 99 words. Intense!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Norah says:

    He was right on the edge. So pleased he (was) snapped out of it. Train wrecks of people aren’t pretty.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Annecdotist says:

    Well done Morgan for reining in his rage and well done Geoff for capturing it so well. Nevertheless, I think Logan might owe him a bit more than an apology …

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  7. While depression still gets talked about a bit now, anger/rage is still not taken too seriously as an ‘illness’, at least here in India.

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  9. A most interesting take on this prompt, Geoff. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. floatinggold says:

    Great illustration of the hidden rage.

    Liked by 1 person

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