The Balloonatics #carrotranch #flashfiction

This weeks carrot ranch prompt is

November 25, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about a canceled flight. Where was the flight headed? Who does it impact and why? How does a protagonist handle the situation? Go where the prompt leads!

The Balloonatics

Godfrey Pricktingle held two important positions in Little Tittweaking society: chair of the hot air balloon club, the ‘Balloonatics’; and umpire of the spring betfest, when the village cow, Moose was released after her winter’s incarceration, enabling the residents to bet on where she would defecate first. Each year Godfrey offered to fly the winner around the village as a treat and each declined. Godfrey feared it was the smell that put people off; others worried someone might literally ‘take flight’ to avoid inhaling. In truth, the agglomeration of methane about his person rendered Godfrey a distinct fire hazard.

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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37 Responses to The Balloonatics #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    Where oh, where, do these names appear from, His Geoffleship??!!🤣

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  2. Erika says:

    Oh, my God 😂

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  3. I am pondering on flying winter around the village! I rather like the concept.

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  4. We can all see where your mind was at with the names, Geoff

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    A relative of Joseph Pujol . 💜

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    Those people must have been DESPERATE to stoop to betting on where a cow would poop! But I’ve bet on sillier things!

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  7. Sweet synergy. (Step away with that cigar)

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  8. I love the names, Geoff. Too funny. And this story… I’m still chuckling. You have a wild imagination. 🙂

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    You can’t beat a Pricktingle and his pooping cow.

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  10. What a vivid imagination you have, Geoff.

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  11. Norah says:

    I don’t know how you do it, Geoff. So funny.

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  12. Hilarious work Geoff! Determination, desperation, confusion, it all spills out of this one in such a delightful way.

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  13. Charli Mills says:

    You work well in the medium of laughing gas, Geoff!

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