Line By Line #carrotranch #flashfiction

Charli Mills’ prompt is

May 3, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads

Lining Up Their Excuses

‘Did you ever get given lines, Logan?’

‘To read?’

‘No, as a punishment.’

‘Odd idea. I liked writing.’

‘Not if it’s the same thing over and over.’

‘Sounds like a Pinter play we did. That was punishment.’

‘What did you get then? As punishment.’

‘The ruler. That gave me lines. Barbaric.’

‘Not boring though. Wouldn’t happen today. A line you can’t cross eh?’

‘What’s this fixation with lines?’

‘My sis was wittering on about some line or other, causing her all sorts of trouble apparently.’

‘Yeah?’

‘A something party line. She used initials… VPL.’

‘Morris, you’re an utter tit.’

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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12 Responses to Line By Line #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    If I’d been drinking I’d have snorted my drink everywhere!

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  2. LucciaGray says:

    A line confusion! Amazing how many different lines I’ve read about this week on the carrot ranch prompt! I’d forgotten about those awful school punishment lines. We had a French teacher who loved yelling ‘twenty times!’ I was good at languages, but many classmates had to copy endless lists of vocabulary and verbs…

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  3. Smart and funny! XD

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  4. Haha! Lots of lines in very few lines, Geoff.

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  5. A great take on this prompt, Geoff.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    I had forgotten about those lines!

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