Painting The Clouds Red #writephoto

Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt this week is

Send In The Clouds


‘Hello?’ The woman was sparse, like a brisk wind.

‘Mrs Soffit?’ The man wore curiously aerodynamic overalls and booster spats.

‘I am she.’

‘Colin Colon, Nimbulo Creatives. I think you… or your husband…?’ He smiled a little unsurely.

‘Oh you’ve come about the sky?’

‘That’s it. Some problem with the sunsets? The cowling’s come loose, I heard.’

‘Frankly it’s beyond my horizons. If I can just show you through I’ll leave you to it. Do you need to bring anything?’

‘I’ll just check and I’ll fetch whatever I need from my van.’

‘You’ll need a long ladder.’

They both laughed; sky maintenance always involved a long ladder.

As they exited the backdoor, Colin stopped and whistled. Mrs Soffit turned, looking worried. ‘Is everything alright?’

He nodded, looking serious in a professionally-competent-but-this-will-set-you-back-a-bob-or-two kind of way. ‘It’s your stratosphere. I think your alto-cumulous has discombobulated the cirro-nimbus above those trees and the torque on your neighbours’ jet steam is being herniated so it’s leaking into your stratus-substrate. Makes your firmament rather unstable.’

Mrs Soffit susurrated like a breezy autumn. He put a hand on her shoulder. ‘We get this all the time with these old weather formations. It’s amazing this one has lasted as well as it has. A couple of new optic hurricane plugs and a coat of Swiss-mizzled condensate and it’ll be as good as a wet weekend.’

Mrs Soffit tapped her heart to restart it; it clunked back into first gear. ‘Thank heavens; it’s the local Organ festival and my husband’s has high hopes that his engorged prostate will take first prize in urinary tract category. It would be simply bestial if we couldn’t put on a bit of a decent sunset, don’t you think?’

‘Oh quite. I’ll get on then. Have you any outside wind?’

‘There’s a tap by the conservatory; we had it refreshed this spring so it should be good for a storm force ten and above.’

‘Marvellous. Chance of a cuppa?’

Mrs Soffit allowed a mock frown to bifurcate her constellations. ‘You workmen are so cheeky. Sugar?’

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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23 Responses to Painting The Clouds Red #writephoto

  1. willowdot21 says:

    You done it again Geoff, brilliant…I do worry…no I don’t just love the imagination.

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  2. I love your take on this Geoff. 🙂

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  3. and we have blast off into the 76th dimension…………


  4. Ritu says:

    Seriously His Geoffleship…. where do these ideas emerge from?????? Brilliant as always!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sue Vincent says:

    The mind boggles… 😉

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Simply marvellous 🙂

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    Lots of sassy wordplay here – bifurcated her constellations. Lol. susurrated – had to look that one up!

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  9. Pamela Morse says:

    This is hysterical. Thanks for the laugh.

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  10. Very clever, Geoff. You certainly have a very good imagination.

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