The Naming Of Parts #carrotranch #flashfiction

Charli Mills prompt this week is

May 10, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.” For centuries, cranes have inspired art and philosophy. You can write a crane story or create something new out of the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.

‘Do you believe that stuff about boys instinctively wanting guns and girls dolls, Logan?’


‘Yesterday, my nephew used his Lego to build a gun.’

‘It’ll blow up in your brother’s face, if he doesn’t avoid gender-specificity.’

‘Is that even a word?’

‘It’s two, Morgan. Look at you, anyway. Your parents gave you boys’ toys I bet.’


‘What was your favourite toy?’

‘A lorry and trailer. Called Derrick.’

‘Derrick? You named your truck Derrick?’

‘It had a crane on the back; when Dad saw it he said ‘Derrick the Crane’ and it sort of stuck.’

‘Explains a lot.’

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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14 Responses to The Naming Of Parts #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. willowdot21 says:

    It certainly does! 😱

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  2. rogershipp says:

    Many of my toys at my youngest received the strangest names as well for a very similar reason. Enjoyed

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    I enjoy how off track these two can get in 99 words! My children, 2 girls, one boy, had a hodge-podge of toys and nothing was ever labeled for one gender or another. Their favorite toy was the dress-up box full of fun costume-like items and wispy material and hats. Today all three still love to dress up.

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  5. Annecdotist says:

    Love this, Geoff, and a great reminder of the poem from which (I assume) you’ve taken your title.

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