Chinese Whispers

‘What’s made you look so smug?’


‘Sure. I know you, Morgan. Spill.’

‘That woman over there? The one with the purple hair…’

‘A fine arbiter of good taste…’

‘She told her friend I look chiselled.’


‘Is that so strange?’

‘Oh come on. Your Mum might call your features angular but even Lego people have more curves.’

‘You’re jealous.’

‘Sure. Have I chiselled you out of a compliment? I’ll check. Miss…’

‘You don’t… Bum.’

‘They said you look frazzled, not chiselled.’

‘That comes from knowing you.’

‘I love you, Morgan, just the way you are.’

‘Bog off, Logan.”

This was written in response to the latest Carrot Ranch Prompt, here

March 14, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a chisel. Use chisel as a noun or a verb. Think about what might be chiseled, who is chiseling. Be the chisel. 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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20 Responses to Chinese Whispers

  1. Erika Kind says:

    Haha, love that comparison with the Lego people…. too funny!!

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  2. Jackie says:

    Haha! One day I’ll be able to write snappy dialogue like this!


  3. Were you at Twickenham?

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    • TanGental says:

      it was utterly bizarre; half time and will it be 50 plus points; 75 minutes and can we scrape a draw… not seen anything like that collapse – well not since a couple of test matches ago in the Caribbean…

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  4. Even LEGO people have more curves…hilarious. No compliments for Morgan.

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  5. Norah says:

    That wasn’t very kind of Logan to go and ask – on so many levels. I think I’ve known a few Logan’s in my time. Good one, Geoff.

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  6. Interesting how we hear what we want to hear. 😉

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