Getting The Right Signal #carrotranch

‘You look exhausted, Morgan.’

‘It’s mum and her death wish.’

‘Death wish?’

‘Well, wishes. This whole “when I go…” malarkey.’

‘It was the music last week…?’

‘Oh that was easy. She told me yesterday she doesn’t trust me to carry out her wishes.’

‘She still hasn’t decided on cremation or burial?’

‘That’s part of it. It’s after that.’


‘She doesn’t want to be lonely.’


‘If she’s cremated how can she guarantee I’ll spread her ashes near her friends so she can keep up with the news.’

‘And burial?’

‘She’ll take a radio but will she get a signal?’

This was written in response to this week’s carrot ranch prompt

April 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? 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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18 Responses to Getting The Right Signal #carrotranch

  1. floridaborne says:

    Funny! And a bit prophetic. I was just talking with my son about “when I go…”
    But instead of worrying about what is going to happen to my body, I’m concerned about books yet unpublished.
    My son has promised that if I die before they’re published, he’ll make sure they’re published for me.
    He’s a professor, author of several poetry books and text books…but can he handle fiction? 🙂

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  2. Ritu says:

    Oh, that when I go thing…
    My mum’s phrase is “I’m not being morbid but…” Then it’s followed by a conversation about things she wants to leave to us!

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  3. Now that explains one of them……

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    I am surprised she is not taking a mobile with her!

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  5. LucciaGray says:

    Funny, but sad…. I feel for him, it’s exhausting listening to elderly people when they start getting ‘confused’😬

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    Mum and her death wish! This reminds me of a great aunt who spent most of her life talking about when she died.

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  7. Norah says:

    Funny, Geoff. I don’t know how they’ll work this one out. I’m terrified of waking up in a coffin with the lid shut tight! 🙂

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  8. Elizabeth says:

    I love people picking out a site for “the view.”

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