Flagging… #carrotranch #flashfiction

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‘Come on, Morgan. You’re the expert on flags. We need this. Blue stripes.’

‘I don’t know, do I?’

‘Funny, isn’t it? Each nation has a flag, all different yet we still get hung up on skin colour.’

‘Nicaragua ? What’s brought this on? Drat, I do know it.’

‘Oh I got bollocked at work for saying coloured when apparently I meant people of colour.’

‘Yeah, daft. Look at me, like someone’s sicked over my face, yet I’m white.’

‘That’s booze, not ethnicity.’

‘Still. Cuba?’

‘We’re all red underneath.’

‘I thought blood was blue?’

‘Not yours.’

‘Good to know. Uruguay !’


Carrot Ranch’s latest prompt is

September 20, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a parade of nations. It can be literal, or it can be a phrase that you use to describe a situation. Explore what it could be. Go where the prompt leads.

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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13 Responses to Flagging… #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Ha! They don’t know their own 50 states here, let alone flags of other countries. A coworker (college educated with a middle-management level grade) said “So you’re from Mexico, aren’t you?” Me: No, I came here from *New* Mexico. Her: “Pfft… What’s the difference!” Need I go on? Have a terrific Tuesday!

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  2. Norah says:

    I don’t see any sign of you flagging for some time yet, Geoff. You’re still going strong. I like the way you incorporated all these blue and white striped flags into your story – a clever response.

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  3. Ha! Very nicely done!

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  4. You’re a gray? Really?
    A riot if yes, and Eee-you belongs too.
    Okay, if no.
    T’was fun regardless. Geoff…

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  5. Ritu says:

    A real.mish mash of thoughts there!!!

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  6. Clever! Well done. Etc. Loved the point about flag colours and skin colours…….

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  7. Erika Kind says:

    Haha… I love the conversation and the thrown in guessings about the flag. But I also love the deeper meaning.

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  8. This made me laugh, Geoff. A fun take on the prompt. In a class I took once on “race” my classmates and I had to match the color of our skin to a paint sample at the lumber store. Everyone else had great colors, like autumn blush, dusky coral, and mocha cream. My color was “neutral.” I kid you not!


  9. Charli Mills says:

    Flagging can become fatiguing. It addles the mind. So many colors in so many different stripes or stars.

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