In Which Morgan Questions The Basic Requirements Of A President #carrotranch #flashfiction

This week’s prompt from the Carrot Ranch is

July 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons. You can use the word plural or singular in different expressions, or focus on how buttons relate to a story. Go where the prompt leads.

‘It’s not stupid, Morgan. It’s very real. It has a name. Koumpounophobia.’

‘Cool. Why? They’re just buttons.’

‘Mum’s button box. All clicking and cascading as she looked for a match. One time…’

‘Is that why they say you’re buttoned up?’

‘Who says?’

‘No one. Well, those guys from the gym. You can be a bit, you know…’


‘Up yourself.’


‘No, really, if you just…’

‘Button it, Morgan. You’re not helping.’

‘I bet they test Presidential candidates for koumpounophobia.’


‘You wouldn’t want someone in charge of nuclear Armageddon whose terrified of buttons.’

‘You’re a moron, Morgan.’


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 three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at 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 In Which Morgan Questions The Basic Requirements Of A President #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Don’t we almost have a might be leader like that here right now?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ritu says:

    Ha! Very good!


  3. I absolutely cannot bear buttons! Especially decorative ones – make me feel ill!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Heh, heh! One with a bit of respect for buttons might be good! I love buttons 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Ha, ha! Good point! I had no idea there existed such a thing as button phobia. I don’t think the 45th has it, but I wish he did.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. JT Twissel says:

    There’s a phobia for everything isn’t there?

    Liked by 1 person

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