Flagging… #carrotranch #flashfiction

Quiz Night Is Always Educational


‘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 four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. 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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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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