How The Stars Aligned #carrotranch #flashfiction

Comets shoot across the skies like luminescent smears of silent light. At the Carrot Ranch this week they portend what exactly…?

August 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a comet. You can consider how it features into a story, influences a character, or creates a mood. Go where the prompt leads.


‘There’s a comet passing tonight, Morgan.’

‘Huh? So?’

‘No, come on. Even you must see how extraordinary these things are.’

‘They’re a bunch of rocks and ice, Logan. You may think watching space grit is fascinating but I’ll stick to the footie.’

‘These are nature’s warnings. They portend the great events of history. The Battle of Hastings, Genghis Khan’s attack on Europe.’

‘Rubbish. Your average Russian isn’t interested in Hastings.’

‘You know what significant event occurred when Halley’s last appeared? It changed the world as we know it.’

‘What’s that?’

‘We started school together and you stole my banana.’

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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25 Responses to How The Stars Aligned #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    See… life defining moments!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. That last line is a hoot Geoff!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So great. I’m always amazed at what you come up with from these prompts. I can’t do prompts!

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    😂😂😂impactful memories indeed!!

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  5. Ha-ha! First time I’ve actually grinned over these two!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Hahaha! Love the punchline, Geoff.


  7. Widdershins says:

    The banana that launched a thousand ships! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Rowena says:

    Love the banana, Geoff. Some people never forget.
    Best wishes,

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Ha ha ha, historic indeed!

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  10. We remember the strangest things, Geoff. Well captured.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Norah says:

    It’s those little grievous events that are the most memorable! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. tnkerr says:

    I wish I could hit the “Like” button about thirty times.


  13. Charli Mills says:

    Some things are never forgotten between friends. Banana Comet!

    Liked by 1 person

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