Zipped #99wordstories #carrotranch

This week’s prompt from the Carrot Ranch and the #99wordstories is

February 14, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about zippers. What are the zippers for? What challenges do they present to the story? Go where the prompt leads!

Little Tittweaking’s punk poet in residence, Plantagenet Flish is often banned because his poetry is egregiously awful. The landlord of the Compost and Rot prefers profit to propriety, giving Flish a gig. Flish is old school: he spikes his hair and sports zip-covered trousers. Popping out for a final comfort break, Flish panics when he can’t find the right zip. Hurrying to get on stage, he closes said zip too soon. His audience assumes the howls that follow his penis perforation are part of his act; next day’s headline is closer to the truth: From Circumscribed to Circumcised

This tale is a homage to a splendid sketch from Not The Nine O’Clock News with Rowan Atkinson and Griff Rees-Jones

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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30 Responses to Zipped #99wordstories #carrotranch

  1. Rehoboth says:

    That’s great post

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Darlene says:

    Very funny. Love the Rowan Atkinson video too. Hadn´t seen it before.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Norah says:

    Excellent homage, Geoff. Very funny. Great flash too. (Story, that is.) 😉😅

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Brilliant post. I’ve never seen that sketch before

    Liked by 2 people

  5. From the days of something worth watching on TV. A great memory, brought alive again.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Terrific story and video, Geoff. Now I’m worried about the little dribbles on the case.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Erika says:

    Gosh, your fantasy, Geoff and that clip 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. This post is so full of laughs, Geoff. I love the names, of course, the story, and the hilarious clip. Lol. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. KL Caley says:

    😂 Great story, Geoff. KL ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  10. willowdot21 says:

    Love it Geoff and the video….
    Just a thought: are those trousers Double Ps.
    😳

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Gloria says:

    I used to watch that years ago. Hilarious!

    Liked by 1 person

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