It’s Not About The Paint #carrotranch #flashfiction #morganandlogan

‘You decorating, Logan?’

‘I was fed up with the colour.’

‘I always thought it was one of those pretentious ‘white with a hint of snot’ thingies.’

‘It was Forest Dapple.’

‘You’re kidding? Which bit of that “yesterday’s cappuccino” effect was forest and which dapple?’

‘You’re right, it was just brown. Now it’s Sunshine Glory.’


‘But a really deep and inspiring yellow that speaks to love and harmony.’

‘Sort of lemony, then?’

‘Why don’t you decorate your flat rather than scoff.’

‘I plan to, tonight but I’m going much bigger than my flat.’


‘I’m painting the town red.’

This was written in response to Charli Mills’ latest prompt at the Carrot Ranch

June 27, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that involves paint. It can be fresh, peeling or in need of a coat. What is being painted and why? 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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31 Responses to It’s Not About The Paint #carrotranch #flashfiction #morganandlogan

  1. More fun to paint the town red than painting a flat 🙂

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  2. JT Twissel says:

    The things they name paint colors! White with hint of snot. My kitchen is painted yeast.

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  3. Erika Kind says:

    Haha, decorated some rooms lately and can relate to those color descriptions well… lol!

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    • TanGental says:

      They must employ redundant presidential speech writers to come up with this guff. Question, is this an English obsession or does it translate to French and German home paints……

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      • Erika Kind says:

        Oh, definitely! There are several names for the different shades of each color. So I am having vanilla and lavender on the walls in my therapy practice room, vanilla and café crema in the kitschen, and vanilla again in the dining and living room… If this all smelled the way it is called I would swing from a caffeine shock to deep relaxation…

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      • TanGental says:

        Our vanilla is usually called magnolia even if magnolia is whiter in nature… complicated?

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      • Erika Kind says:

        Ah, I see! That is something you get a doctor degree once you figured the whole thing… lol!

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  4. Ritu says:

    Great job His Geoffleship!

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    For once he is making sense. 💜

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    I love the sense of humor of whoever trimmed those trees.

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  7. You’d better be listening

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  8. Norah says:

    Way to go, Morgan!

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  9. Jennie says:

    Great, Geoff!


  10. Charli Mills says:

    Well, perhaps it’ll be better on the sunny side of the paint can. Painting the town red only goes so far. 😉

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