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.’


‘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 several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Charli Mills says:

    I had forgotten about those lines!

    Liked by 1 person

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