There’s Nothing More Annoying Than A Smart-Arse.

Charli Mills’ latest prompt is

June 14, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bouquet. You can explore the meaning of the word or gather a bunch of flowers. Go where the prompt leads.

There’s Nothing More Annoying Than A Smart-Arse.


‘You know, those guys are so annoying, hee-hawing about the wine.’

‘Morgan, they’re young, they…’

‘What is it about wine that brings out pretensions? “Lovely bouquet” and “it has notes of peach and cobblers”. Why don’t they just drink it?’

‘You’re the same, with your car. All horse-power and litres and torque and…’

‘That’s different. They’re technical terms.’

‘You use them to contrafabulate the listener.’

‘You made that up.’

‘You don’t know though. You’re just trying to confuse people.’

‘A bouquet is a bunch of flowers, not a wine scent.’

‘Actually it’s the tertiary aroma, caused…’

‘Shut up, Logan.’

And some bouquets are more important than others – the Vet showing her determination to overcome the opposition in the guise of a four year old…

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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10 Responses to There’s Nothing More Annoying Than A Smart-Arse.

  1. Liz H says:

    “notes of peach and cobblers”–hilarious. Now hand me a fork and a scoop of vanilla. I’m hungry.
    Signature sarcasm very funny. 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Erika Kind says:

    Haha… funny, Geoff!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. JT Twissel says:

    Ha! Nothing worse that trying to voice an annoyance and having someone point out something entirely irrelevant!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. willowdot21 says:

    I love that photo the Lepard dogged determination no holds or age allowence barred!
    Logan and Morgan, they are as annoying as ever ( in the best possible taste!) 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Your flash makes me wonder if I might find cars more interesting if their fumes had more bouquet!

    Liked by 1 person

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