Laugh And The World Laughs With You

I’m occasionally asked for a favourite quote or to join in a three day challenge. One quote by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is ‘Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone’. This is a little piece of flash that came from thinking about that.

Crawford focused on the message to distract him from the swell. ‘Two bodies, males. One poisoned, the other to be determined. Both look suspicious. Going to be a real laugh.’

He sighed. Meldrew was a pain, as if suspicious deaths at the Comedy festival were funny. Ho-ho. Why they had to hold it on an island though. He hated boats.

The constable stood on the temporary dock with a man in red tartan, wringing his hands. Don’t let it be a clown, he prayed. I can’t do this with a bloody clown.

‘What do we have, constable?’

‘Martin Deep. Doing a set. Takes a drink, and seconds later, he’s clutching his throat. Last words apparently ‘I could murder a decent scotch.’ Looks like the scotch got in first.’ Meldrew looked around. No one laughed.

‘Bit quick to be poisoned?’ Crawford knelt by the corpse.

‘Doc says it was a strong emetic. Drowned in his own vomit.’ Meldrew grinned at the clown. ‘He must have gagged on his gag.’ This time the clown frowned and sniffed. A tear slide across his cheek smudging his make up.

Crawford dropped the sheet over the dead man’s face. ‘The other one?’

‘Next door. Newcomer, Piers Tripe. Seems he’s set was bombing.’ Meldrew sniggered. 

Crawford grabbed the constable’s arm. ‘If you say he corpsed, so help me…’

‘Sir. As if. That would be tasteless. Seems he was terrible so no one was going to die of laughter in his tent. Sorry. Doc thinks he was also poisoned.’

‘Any link?’ He looked at the clown.

‘They were both New Right comics. Mindless bigots if you ask me.’

Crawford looked at the bodies. ‘Why poison them, though?’

Meldrew stood back. ‘Probably because they’re an acquired taste, sir.’

‘Meldrew. Have you ever thought you might try another career?’

’Stand up?’

Crawford’s hands circled the constable’s throat. ‘I was thinking something more horizontal. Like a professional cadaver.’

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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7 Responses to Laugh And The World Laughs With You

  1. Ritu says:

    🤣 good one!

    Like

  2. JT Twissel says:

    Ha! What is it called – funeral humor?

    Like

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Another brilliant sketch! 💜💜

    Liked by 1 person

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