Lost In Translation #carrotranch #prompt #flasfiction

‘You look smart, Morgan. In court?’

‘Ha. I’m meeting a rather special person. Very influential. I hope he can help me.’


‘He understands how the system works, you know, all those back passages.’

‘Corridors of power?’


‘A sort of eminence grise.’

‘You what? Immense Grease? That sounds like what you get before an outbreak of spots.’

‘Eminence Grise. Someone who works in the shadows.’

‘He had the lights on when I saw him.’

‘It’s just a figure of speech.’

‘Like Imminent Cheese?’

‘Eminence Grise.’

‘Is it French?’


‘Thought so. They’re greasy and like cheese.’

‘God, Morgan…’

This week’s Carrot Ranch prompt, here, is:

March 26, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that uses the word eminence. It’s a rich word full of different meanings. Explore how it sounds or how you might play with it. 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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16 Responses to Lost In Translation #carrotranch #prompt #flasfiction

  1. Hahaha! XD
    Nice one!!

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Reminds me of all the times I have misheard song lyrics. Good word play.

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  3. Ha! Fantastic. Ah, cheese–now I’m hungry for lunch and it’s not even 9:30!

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    • TanGental says:

      there’s rarely a period inside 24 hours when cheese isn’t inevitable but I d struggle with the continental European love for it at breakfast… somehow it isn’t quite the done thing


  4. Ritu says:

    Ha ha!!!

    It us a strange word, eminence… And added to grise… Well obviously confusion!

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  5. Jennie says:

    Well done, Geoff.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    An intriguing position, a gray eminence. I wonder who that is in the US? ‘Cause Trump is stupider than a lump of cheese. But I digress. I like cheese. And your characters!

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  7. Violet Lentz says:

    Misinterpretations can be hilarious.. I love the word grise though, new to me. Have to find a place to use it..

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