If You Go Down To The Woods #carrotranch #flashfiction

Carrot Ranch prompt this week is…

August 9, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes  an act of “peering from the woods.” Go where the prompt leads.

‘You can’t see the woods for the trees, eh?’

‘That’s another stupid expression. All I was saying was I saw something in there.’

‘Ghost? Phantasm?’

‘Seriously, it was alive.’

‘Ent? Tree-sprite?’

‘It could be that weirdo.’

‘Any specific weirdo?’

‘I’m going home.’

‘Don’t be a wuss, Morgan. Probably a deer.’

‘Or a lion.’

‘In Surrey?’

‘You know they say a tree makes no sound if there’s no one to hear it when it falls. Do you think you can see a lion if you’re not there when it appears?’

‘You’re a moron as well as a coward, Morgan.’

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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24 Responses to If You Go Down To The Woods #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. gordon759 says:

    Could easily be a Surrey Puma – do you remember them?

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  2. Love these guys Geoff. I hear they have wolves and wild cats in the Forest of Dean, with plans for black bears. Better watch out.

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  3. Ritu says:

    Morgan has a point…

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  4. sigh – here in northern California we have to settle with feral turkeys. . . So un-noble. Their only value to society is for fun. Chasing them about with an airsoft gun is always good for a 1-3 minute thrill.

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    Arrrrrrrrrrgh 😱

    Liked by 1 person

  6. My money’s on the discovery of the Surrey Yeti………

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    • TanGental says:

      That’s it. Darn you spotted the twist…. do you remember the Surrey puma btw


      • No, I hadn’t heard of it before so I looked it up on Wikipedia. My initial thought is maybe someone is breeding super large Maine Coon cats – they are supposed to be a lynx hybrid from eons ago and are naturally large cats with long bodies. My cat is a Maine Coon, but as the runt of the litter never grew as big as his litter mates. Still he’s a pretty big fellow.

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      • TanGental says:

        Just a bunch of soft southerners I expect. Made good headlines though


  7. Charli Mills says:

    The logic of these two! Lions would be in the tree that falls and nobody hears.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Norah says:

    I’m not sure in which direction the weirdo might be hiding in plain sight. Hilarious, Geoff.

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