‘Hello. Lovely evening.’


‘Balmy. Given the time of year.’


‘Mind if I…?


‘Funny, isn’t it? The sea.’


‘You know. How it looks, you know, not like water.’




‘Ha! I suppose I should explain.’


‘To me it looks like Mercury.’


‘The mineral, not the god.’


‘That too. It’s so slow. What do you think it looks like?’




‘Ha! Joke.’


‘Can I ask a question?’


‘You only ever answer with one word.’


‘Is there a reason for it?’


‘Are you going to explain?’


‘Can I guess?’


‘New Year’s resolution?’


‘Isn’t that cheating? I mean, ‘kinda’ is really ‘kind of’.’


‘No, it isn’t, or no it’s not cheating.’


‘Or both.’


‘So a resolution? What kind? To be, you know, mono-thingy?’


‘You know where you only use one word?’






‘We’re back in one of those yes-no loops, aren’t we?’


‘Must be tricky, though, only using one word. I mean, at work say.’


‘Or at home.’




‘Isn’t that two words.’


‘You sure?’


‘What then?’


‘I thought that was luggage?’


‘Still, it’s a lovely evening, isn’t it?’


‘I’m Chris by the way.’




‘Apostrophe’s ok, are they?’


‘And are you here for a reason, Gustang?’


‘What’s that?’


‘Waiting? Like, for Godot?’

‘No, waiting until you bugger off so I can watch the sunset in peace. Geez.’

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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14 Responses to Waiting

  1. V.M.Sang says:

    I love this.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Darlene says:

    Very funny!!


  3. Erika Kind says:

    Too funny 😂


  4. Elizabeth says:

    Now I know what to call so many teenagers. They perfect monosyllabic exchanges.


  5. Widdershins says:

    Brilliant! 😀 … some people just can’t take the hint! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Geoff Holme says:

    I thought this tale was great, Geoff … on the whole.
    The preceding sentence contains multiple words, but is still monosyllabic, since each word is a single syllable.
    Apart from the punchline, Gustang makes 39 responses: 17 are monosyllabic, but 22 aren’t … including ‘Monosyllabic?’!!
    There ought to be an adjective – “univerbal” perhaps, or possibly “monoepic” – to describe an utterance that is a single word, but I can find neither of these terms on the web.
    (Also, I found it confusing that you chose to illustrate this story about two people contemplating the sea with a photo of a Canada goose – a freshwater fowl – standing next to what seems to be a pond or a lake. But that’s just me…)


    • TanGental says:

      Ah Geoff what would life be like without your gentle eviscerations. Thank you for taking so much trouble over such a piece of fluff and for assuming my characters are grammatically anything… their ignorance isn’t anything like as deep as their creators….


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