Bridge Of Sighs #writephoto

Writephoto’s prompt this week is

‘Hello? Can I help?”

‘What? Do you know why we can’t cross?’

‘No one explained?’


‘Leave it, Pete. We’ll try later and…’

‘I fear Madam is a trifle optimistic if you hope to cross at all, let alone later.’

‘But we were told to cross the river and…’

‘Indeed. And were you told to use the complimentary boat? Over there?’

‘Well yes but we thought…’

‘You’re new aren’t you? Getting used to your new status?’

‘It’s been a bit of a shock.’

‘I still don’t understand why we can’t cross the bridge.’

‘No, well, sir was told, wasn’t he? In the briefing.’

‘I’ve no idea why it’s called a briefing. It’s the opposite of brief.’

‘Very droll sir but a word of advice. Being a bit of a smarty pants right now is not advised.’

‘Pete, please don’t make a fuss. I think I’m getting a bit of a migraine.’

‘How the hell can you get a migraine if you’ve not got a head.’

‘Sir, Madam, I really do advise against fighting. Shall we back track a little? There’s a cafe, you passed it on your way up here. We can grab a cappuccino and talk.’

‘You serious? We can still get a coffee?’

‘No, true. It’s more a figure of speech. There are a lot of those.’

‘Figures of speech?’

‘Awkward situations. Being dead takes a little effort on the deceased’s part. Shall we?’

‘It’s true then. We’re dead?’

‘Oh Pete, I told you that man with the scythe looked familiar.’

‘I’m afraid you are, yes. Deceased. Gone. Passed to another plain. Joining…’

‘Look we really don’t need you going all Monty Python on us. We’re just trying to get across the river. We were told it..’

‘The Styx?’

‘It was the bloody Thames before we ate the dodgy prawns…’

‘And now it’s your route to your Hereafter. I really do advise you go and get a seat. You’ll be far more comfortable and it will enhance your chances of experiencing a more pleasant interim while they process which Hereafter you’re allocated to.’

‘Come on Pete, I think this nice man is trying to help. Thank you. We’ll be going.’

‘Yes but what did he mean about an interi….’

‘Come on, Pete!’


‘Have they gone?’

‘Yep. They’re getting on the boat.’

‘That’s the 17.25 to Purgatory, isn’t it?’

‘You know. For an Archangel, you can be a right bastard Gabriel.’

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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17 Responses to Bridge Of Sighs #writephoto

  1. A hell of a good tale!

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  2. Erika says:

    Haha, so good 😂

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  3. Fun story, Geoff.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely love this Geoff, he can be rather nasty if pushed!!

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    So you can’t get a migraine if you don’t have a head? Who says? Whoops, I’d better not be flip … one never knows!

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  6. Ah, a story after my own heart. Great job, Geoff.

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  7. George says:

    Very good.

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