Build A Mum #99wordstories #carrotranch

This week’s 99wordstories prompt for the Carrot Ranch is…

May 9, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a mom selfie — a story that creates an image of a mom. No one mom looks alike or fits a maternal mold. Who is she? Go where the prompt leads!

Build A Mum

Tobias Frankenstein, distant relative of Dickie Frankenstein, novelty pretzel designer, lacked one thing: a mother. He set about creating the perfect parent. After months of testing and tubing, he fed the Little Tittweaking Electric Corporation meter with one hundred pound coins and pulled the switch, holding his breath. Would she have those characteristics he associated with the perfect mother? He started, opening his eyes.

‘Toby Frankenstein, if I’ve told you once…’ the chastisement continued uninterrupted and uninterruptible for an hour. When finally Toby was tucked in bed, his teeth cleaned, he smiled: he’d got exactly what he wished for.

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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24 Responses to Build A Mum #99wordstories #carrotranch

  1. Sadje says:

    Very clever.

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  2. Darlene says:

    Perfect! A real mum for Tobias.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    A happy ending…
    You are going soft bless…. Too many weddings 😂

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  4. noelleg44 says:


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  5. Erika says:

    Aw, what a happy ending for him… although I did not expect it before reading the last paragraph… lol

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  6. He’ll make someone a lovely husband!!

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  7. A little masochist

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  8. Norah says:

    I’m pleased Toby got what he wished for. Not all of us do. 🙂

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  9. V.M.Sang says:

    Great story, Geoff.

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  10. I think you are inferring that mother’s nag, Geoff. Now, where is my ruler …

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