A Career Of Highs And Lows #anthology #lifesentences #shortfiction

As I mentioned the other day, I’m progressing my next anthology of short fiction. As a tempter for you here is another of the selection that will be included and an offer on one of my other anthologies at the end.

A Career Of Highs And Lows

Sergio Pontus took his job as hangman seriously though he preferred final dispatcher as his sobriquet. His own knot, known as the ‘Sergio Slip’ earned plaudits for being easy to make, comfortable to wear with minimal abrasions and quick to remove. He prided himself on his traps, which endured a squeak-free, anti-clanking end.

His children bought him, for the tenth anniversary of his first drop, a nylon-hemp rope with gold thread detailing. He could often be found, during those last tense moments, as hopes of final appeals expired, explaining how the inclusion of the hemp gave a satisfying snap to a hanging while the nylon avoided any unsavoury tickling for the tardy whose necks were more robust than the average.

If the delays stretched from the mere unkind towards the unconscionable he would add that, on sunny days the golden sinews gave the scene a sparkle redolent of Ely cathedral.

For those deemed special, whose residence in cell 42 – an ironic allusion to The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything – Sergio offered his extras. Favourites included The Final Countdown where the prisoner chose a number to represent the exact minute of their drop, and Hangman’s hangman where Sergio always started with pardon in one of a variety of obscure dialects, certain that his guests would be sure not to get one. How they laughed.

When, finally the death penalty was abolished, Sergio dismantled the gallows and took them home to his Surbiton semi. He grew sweat peas up his rope and turned the wooden base into novelty decking with the trap giving access to a small dark pond that was home to a carp called Preston. The gallows became a rose arbour and the hood a cover for forcing his early rhubarb. He was content.

The next offer is on Life in a Conversation. You can acquire it for nothing at Amazon Uk here, and at Amazon.com here

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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13 Responses to A Career Of Highs And Lows #anthology #lifesentences #shortfiction

  1. I laughed ’til I dropped!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. JT Twissel says:

    Coincidentally I was just reading about the town of Placerville which was originally called Hangtown (for all the hanging that happened there)!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Another great snippet, and good snip too!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    More exciting News From Geoff and a cheery story to keep you hanging! 😃

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