Danse Macarbe #flashfiction

The consultant’s words soared like the opening sequence of her acclaimed Nutcracker, ‘We removed the tumour, but…’
A but, from an optimist!
Her smile sank gracefully to his stage, part of his chorus. ‘How long?’
He misunderstood. ‘I’d say a year.’
‘To dance?’
The space behind his eyes told her. Not even that.
She scheduled everything in meticulous detail: the anniversary of her promotion to principal.
Standing by the bridge this audience was sparse: a sea-sharp wind deterred all but the hardy. One gasp as once 5000 had, following her jump.
The swirling currents enveloped her in one final rapturous acclaim.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. 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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11 Responses to Danse Macarbe #flashfiction

  1. So damn good, Geoff.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. V.M.Sang says:

    Flash fiction is so hard to do well. You’ve pulled it off beautifully. Sich a sad tale.

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  3. Erika says:

    That’s very tragic.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. She needed Dog. He would have saved her!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Difficult, to read, but beautiful 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pam Lazos says:

    Oh nooooooo!! Such good fiction, Geoff!

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