Inspector Counterweight And The Percussive Goblin #flash!friday #flashfiction

Inspector Turmeric Counterweight lifted the tape. ‘What we got, Blossom?’

Constable Pretty Blossom shifted uncomfortably, the hazmat suit chaffing places usually reserved for members of his Lodge. Two similarly clothed figures held up jars, full, it seemed of writhing flames. ‘Flambolins, sir. About twelve so far.’

‘Who found them?’

Blossom pointed at a smouldering heap to his right. ‘Mrs Prism.’

Counterweight winced. ‘What happened to her?’

‘No sir, that’s the perp. That’s Mrs Prism.’ Beyond the heap a small tight curled grey haired woman in her indeterminate years waited, looking pretty miffed. ‘Seems goblins were making fire sprites in the drains for some nefarious purpose and one exploded. Mrs Prism went to help only she used what she thought was water.’

Counterweight nodded. ‘Aquaglob?’

‘Yes sir. Instant immolation. Seems it’s the same gang of goblins who’ve been making flame water are making these fire sprites, only to make it worse, this one had just ingested a tube of bloff.’

‘Fart fire? Talk about taking a risk. Serves it right, though.’

‘Any idea what’s their game?’

‘Word on the street is they’ve organised a mass g’rave for later.’

‘Why do they do it, sir?’

‘They’re elementals, my dear Blossom.’

Based on this week’s flash!friday prompt

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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6 Responses to Inspector Counterweight And The Percussive Goblin #flash!friday #flashfiction

  1. Yes and I read the whole thing to get to the pun. Well, it was fun, Geoff.

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  2. JT Twissel says:

    Lol! Keep those flamogoblins out of California! We’ve got enough trouble with fire sprites right now!

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  4. Norah says:

    Love the ending. So funny!

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