Choices #99wordstories

This week’s #99wordstories for #thecarrotranch prompt is

February 21, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “I’d rather be…” You fill in what comes next. What would a character(s) rather be doing and why? How can you use the phrase as a literary device? Go where the prompt leads!

Horacio Dither and Persistence Progress, Little Tittweaking’s paramedics spent too long together to be a couple. When she forced him to make the decisions: coffee or tea; muffin or cake; cheese or ham, he hated it, fought it. Still it continued: blue or red; heels or flats; push-up or flatten? Then she offered her clenched fists: left or right? He choose the one with the ring; they were engaged. The choices kept coming: church or humanist; buffet or seated; wedding or elopement? On their wedding night, she smiled: ‘a, top; b, bottom?’

He didn’t hesitate. ‘I’d rather b…’

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 Choices #99wordstories

  1. Norah says:

    It’s good to be able to make at least one decison. 😉😅


  2. 🙂 I didn’t see that coming

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  3. Sadje says:

    Haha. Good one Geoff.

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  4. Witty, clever, difficult decision! Masterful just like Persistence.

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  5. Ha ha. That was one decision that probably didn’t bother him at all!

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  6. Good one, Geoff.

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  7. noelleg44 says:

    I’m married to a Horatio Dither.

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  8. Would a gentleman not offer her both so she could then report her preference. Deliberation can be delightful. . .

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  9. Erika says:

    Your fantasy is priceless, Geoff 😅

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  10. L.K. Latham says:

    Too fun! He can’t have a good answer, poor guy.

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  11. willowdot21 says:

    Really Geoff 😳😁😁😁🥂🥂😁🥂

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  12. Obong eno says:

    You did justice to it ❣️

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  13. Hahaha, thank you for getting Monday off to a good start, GEoff.

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