Taking Ice With A Pinch Of Salt

‘Ice with it?’

‘My dad said that was sacrilege.’

‘He liked his scotch warm?’

‘He didn’t like scotch. He just didn’t like others having it with ice. He was a G&T man.’

‘No ice?’

‘Always ice and a slice.’

‘Bit of an odd relationship with ice.’

‘He called me Ice.’

‘Why? He can’t have thought you were cool.’

‘I found it in his phone. My contact was “Ice”. I liked that.’

‘You doofus. It means ‘In Case Of Emergency. You were his nominated contact.’

‘Really? Oh well. At least I was his best pick.’

‘From a small field.’


Morgan and Logan are considering Ice this week, as prompted by Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch, here

May 23, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story without ice. It can be a world without ice or a summer camp that runs out of cubes for lemonade. What does the lack mean to the story? 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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34 Responses to Taking Ice With A Pinch Of Salt

  1. Ritu says:

    In my Pops phone our names are all followed with ICE!!!

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  2. Excellent use of the prompt, Geoff.

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  3. What a delightful take on this prompt. Had to smile. No icy reception here!

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  4. Very cool response, Geoff.

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  5. Erika Kind says:

    LOL!! Too funny. But I am the winner too regarding emergency numbers… haha.

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  6. That was also informative – who knew coming from those two. We ‘ICE’s’ are all cool 🙂


  7. Elizabeth says:

    My dad kept a bottle of gin in MY freezer. He really liked his gin cold.

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    A titanic effort Geoff 😲💜

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    Cool as ICE, hey? Jolly good fun!

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  10. Norah says:

    ICE – I like it! I hope I’m not the only one who didn’t get it. But it was great comical surprise anyway.

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  11. masercot says:

    I think you nailed it.

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  12. Perfect take on the prompt, Geoff. Very funny!

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  13. Charli Mills says:

    Ice and a slice sound right to the point, even for water. Ha! Now I wonder who all the cool kids are listed in their parents’ contacts! A fun take on the prompt, Geoff!

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