Deliverance (The Worksop And Middle-Hinton NHS Trust Version) #flashfiction #microcosms

random picture of Dog, because… well, just because…

‘Circle the wagons…’

‘John stop, please.’

‘Can’t you hear the drums?’

‘That’s the heart monitor.’

‘It’s the Indians.’

‘John, shush. The lady is from Wolverhampton. She may have some family from over there but…’

‘They’re restless, tonight.’

‘Of course they are. They’re understaffed like all NHS hospitals. Just hand me… ooooo’

‘You ok, Doris?’

‘Bloody hell, that contraction was real. Please take that stupid hat off…’

‘It’s my ten gallon…’

‘I know what it is. Just hand me the gas and air, would you and for heaven’s sake take your spurs off that chair.’

‘Sorry. It’s just…’

‘I know. You’re in character. I understand, really I do. But don’t you think this is just a little bit more important.’

‘It’s not that. I mean, of course but… see they asked me to be the Sherriff. A white hat, Doris. After so many useless cowpokes and dead gamblers.’

‘Well, I think that’s great and everything but…’

‘How long do you think you’ll be?’

‘John Stevens, I cannot believe you are asking me that.’

‘’It’s just Derek said, well, no, never mind.’

‘What did Darling Derek say?’

‘He wished you well, naturally.’

‘Go on.’

‘Well, he said, more indicated, hinted really that if I wasn’t back after they’d had the grits and beans they’d find someone else to film the stagecoach rescue.’

‘Really?’

‘Yes, and I get to say “We’ll head them off at the Gulch.” Isn’t that cool?’

‘I’m beyond ecstatic. The thing is baby will come when he or she wants to, not at someone else’s beck and call.’

‘I’ve been thinking about that, Doris.’

‘John, what are you doing?’

‘I’ve been practicing with the lasso for weeks now and if you’ll just shift over a little…’

‘John… JOHN… Nurse, NURSE!’

This short piece was prompted by the Microcosms competition this week: the prompts were character – patient, setting – the old west, genre – drama

… and the garden because the sky was so perfect..

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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23 Responses to Deliverance (The Worksop And Middle-Hinton NHS Trust Version) #flashfiction #microcosms

  1. LOL. Good job, Geoff.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. JT Twissel says:

    A cowboy with a lasso in the delivery room? Methinks he may have had too many of those beans!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Excellentéé 🌹🌹

    Liked by 1 person

  4. susansleggs says:

    He might not live long enough to see that baby the rate he’s going…..hahaha

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Yeehaw! Your giddy up is raring to go in this fine Wild West prompted story. Though I fear John is going to lose lasso rights shortly.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. restlessjo says:

    Thanks for the Monday smiles, Geoff. Awfully glad not to be on that bed. 🙂 🙂

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