The Dangerous Art Of Talent Shows #flashfiction

DS Percy Worple nodded to DC Kate Perkins who waited by the entrance to the Cabaret Lounge.

‘What’s the story?’

‘Not sure. Caller said something about the Crimea and someone being cold blooded.’

‘Russian mafia killing? Just what we need.’

Kate titled her head to a poster. ‘It’s meant to be a Magical Talent Show.’

Percy wrinkled his nose. ‘Ok. Let’s find out.’

Inside the front door the officers showed their warrant cards to the white faced doorman who couldn’t speak.’

‘You ok?’ To Kate he looked frozen. She had to resist the urge to touch his face.

His eyes directed them towards the club room.

Percy strode ahead. ‘Pretty undemonstrative.’

‘More like petrified.’

They glanced at each other and squared their shoulders. Inside the tables and chairs were randomly scattered. Glass crunched under their feet. To their left a crowd of terrified faces peered over the bar like targets at a fairground.

On the stage, sitting on a stool in the spotlight, a man with a wand and wearing slightly tired looking evening dress appeared to be talking to a six foot long lizard. Only the reptile had the face of the manager.

Percy looked from one to the other. ‘What on earth happened?’

‘I was taking audience suggestions for one part of my act. Novelty chimeras. Someone said make him a lounge lizard. So I did.’ He tried a smile. ‘It will wear off. Eventually.’

Kate bent to the manager. ‘You ok? Anything we can get you?’

The manager flicked out his tongue. ‘I’m a bit peckish, what will all this changeling malarkey.’

Kate looked at Percy who stood back and raised his hands. ‘Hey, I’m the one who’s the sergeant here. I’ve no flies on me.’

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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8 Responses to The Dangerous Art Of Talent Shows #flashfiction

  1. Some managers don’t need magic to be lizards. 🙂

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  2. Oh dear – not good…….

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  3. Love the “No Flies on me,” comment. LOL

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