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 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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25 Responses to How The Stars Aligned #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    See… life defining moments!

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  2. That last line is a hoot Geoff!

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  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!!

    Liked by 1 person

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

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  6. Hahaha! Love the punchline, Geoff.

    Like

  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,
    Ro

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  9. Ha ha ha, historic indeed!

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

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  11. Norah says:

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

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  12. tnkerr says:

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

    Like

  13. Charli Mills says:

    Some things are never forgotten between friends. Banana Comet!

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